COVID-19 Updates

Please note, this webpage is currently under development as a resource for Albuquerque news related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We are working to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible, including information on business closures and changes in service.


COVID-19 Traveler Information

Albuquerque, New Mexico

For current business, closure and event updates, click here

As you are aware, the World Health Organization has declared the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Visit Albuquerque is in close contact with health and security authorities on any planned or anticipated measures that may impact travel, and we will provide updates as we receive additional information. 

The health and safety of our city’s residents and visitors is Visit Albuquerque’s highest priority. Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at (505) 827-0006. Please visit the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 website for details on indications and symptoms: http://cv.nmhealth.org/.

For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453. 

 

The State of New Mexico

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and NMDOH on March 11, 2020, issued a public health emergency, as other states have, in order to maximize the resources available to the state in order to fight the potential spread of the virus and minimize public health risks for New Mexicans.

New Mexico has a centralized health department, making it much easier to coordinate infectious disease investigations.

Current restrictions, as of April 7, 2020 are as follows:

  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued an executive order requiring air travelers to New Mexico to self-isolate for at least 14 days to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Air travelers who fail to voluntarily self-isolate will be subject to forced isolation or quarantine by the New Mexico Health Department. 
  • All gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.
  • All food service establishments and bars are ordered to close for dine-in service. Food service establishments can still operate through take-out and home delivery service. This same directive applies to restaurants and bars within hotels. Click here for restaurants offering takeout and delivery services.
  • Hotels, motels, RV parks, and other places of lodging shall not operate at more than 25 percent of maximum occupancy.
  • All retail operations that are considered essential businesses – including grocery stores – shall limit occupancy in their retail spaces. The maximum number of customers in the retail space must be equal to 20 percent or less of the maximum occupancy of the retail space, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department.
  • Additional entities that are deemed non-essential as part of the amended order and must cease in-person operations are automobile dealerships, payday lenders and liquor stores
  • Indoor shopping malls, theaters, flea markets, recreational facilities, health clubs, spas and all other non-essential businesses must close. Essential establishments such as pharmacies and grocery stores will still operate.
  • All non-tribal casinos are ordered to close.

See more information here. 

 

Healthy Practices:

  • Wash hands often
  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
  • Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department

Visit CDC Travel for the latest guidance: cdc.gov/travel

 

More Resources:

Visit Albuquerque is also closely monitoring updates and advice from local, state, federal and international organizations that are actively monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) including:

The New Mexico Department of Health

The City of Albuquerque 

The State of New Mexico

The New Mexico Tourism Department 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

World Health Organization