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.


Current Business & Event Updates

Albuquerque, New Mexico

To protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, elected officials and Albuquerque businesses have made tough but responsible decisions that affect services to customers and offerings to guests. Many businesses have changed their hours, shifted to carry-out services only, made adjustments to their capacity levels, or closed temporarily. Visit Albuquerque is tracking business and event updates and sharing them with the community as we receive notifications. Watch this page for continually updated information, and help us continue to support our local businesses in any way possible.

Business Updates & Things to Do

We are tracking updates and noting updates to business closures, hours of operation, and changes in services, but for the most up to date information, please consult business websites directly.

Current restrictions, as of November 16, 2020 are as follows:
  • New Mexicans have been asked to shelter in place for two weeks, staying at home except for essential trips for groceries and medicines, emergency medical care, a flu shot or a COVID-19 test. See the most recent Public Health Order here
  • Travelers from high risk states are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. Please refer to the New Mexico Department of Health to review rules and exemptions. Find information on the updated Public Health Order here
  • All gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. 
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico. Violators are subject to a $100 fine. 
  • Indoor and outdoor on-site dining at all food and drink establishments is prohibited. Food and drink establishments may provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services to customers if they are legally permitted to do so, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices
  • 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.
  • Places of lodging that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training are allowed to operate at only 25% of their maximum occupancy level. Places of lodging that have not completed the training program must close unless they are being used to house health care providers, provide extended stays as temporary housing or provide lodging for people who are quarantining. 
  • All businesses and organizations that are not defined as an essential business under the public health order must close. 
  • Close-contact businesses must close. This includes salons, gyms, casinos and bars.
  • All outdoor recreational facilities must close, including golf courses, tennis courts and the ABQ BioPark.
  • Essential businesses, which are defined under the public health order, must reduce their workforce to the greatest extent possible.
  • Essential retailers may operate at 25% of their maximum occupancy level or have no more than 75 customers in the store at one time, whichever is smaller. In addition, essential retailers must close between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • All non-tribal casinos are ordered to close.
  • Houses of worship may operate at 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is smaller.

See more information here. 

Restaurant Updates

Indoor dining service at restaurants, breweries, wineries, cafes and similar establishments may be offered at 25% of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Outdoor dining may be provided at 75% occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. All tables, whether located indoors or outdoors, must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table. Any food or drink establishment that serves alcohol must close at 10 p.m.

Food service establishments can still operate through take-out and home delivery service. See the Governor's most recent Public Health Order here. This same directive applies to restaurants and bars within hotels. Click here for restaurants offering takeout and delivery services.

Many restaurants and eateries are still operating, but shifting to take out and/or delivery service. We’ve compiled a list of restaurants and eateries that are open for take out or delivery and that will be happy to take your order. Many are offering special discounts and deals, so visit their websites for details. 

Event Updates

At the direction of the state of New Mexico, all gatherings of more than five people are prohibited until further notice. 

We realize the inconvenience and frustration in regards to event cancellations. We are working to keep an ongoing list of all events in Albuquerque that have been canceled or postponed. Keep watching for updates, as changes are happening quickly. We are working to keep this information as accurate and up-to-date as possible. 

Retail Business Updates

At the direction of the state of New Mexico, all gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited in the state. 

Retail shops and businesses are able to operate at 25% capacity, and all retail spaces must close by 10 p.m.

We’ve compiled a list of retail businesses that are offering online options for shopping or gift cards.

Explore Albuquerque Virtually 

With the future in mind, we encourage you to find inspiration in a virtual experience of Albuquerque. We've put together a collection of videos, virtual tours, online and on-screen exploration ideas, as well as businesses that are offering clever ways to engage in a time of social distancing.

Share Your #TrueABQ Stories 

Visit Albuquerque is committed to shining a spotlight on the good news amongst our partners and the community. We encourage you to share and explore the positive news and acts of kindness occurring throughout our community. 

Help us spread the good news, and mention @VisitABQ in your caption or comment, and include “A #TrueABQ story!”