Santa Fe COVID-19 Updates & Resources

**Effective Thursday, February 11, visitors to the state will no longer be required to self-quarantine**

The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been Santa Fe’s top priority. Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to travel safely. The City of Santa Fe continues to work closely with our business partners, monitoring the new safety procedures and practices being implemented within restaurants, accommodations, attractions, venues and more, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit to our welcoming city.

While enjoying your visit in Santa Fe, we strongly encourage you to adhere to the health practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as mask wearing (required for everyone while in a public setting) , frequent hand washing and maintaining distance (about six feet) from others when possible.

For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit










The State of New Mexico has implemented a county-by-county Red to Green Framework permitting counties to operate under less restrictive public health measures when health metrics demonstrating the extent of the spread of the virus and test positivity within those counties are met. The framework now includes a new least restrictive level where all categories of business can operate indoors with minimal occupancy limitations, depending on the risk level of the activity. A county will reach this least restrictive level, the Turquoise Level, by meeting key health criteria for two consecutive two-week periods and effectively graduating out of the Red-Yellow-Green framework, provided the virus remains suppressed. Click here to learn more about the Red to Green Framework.

  • As of March 24, 2021, Santa Fe County is classified as TURQUOISE.

Red to Green Framework with Turquoise

Things To Know Before Visiting Santa Fe:

Effective Thursday, February 11, 2021 the state will no longer require self-quarantine for visitors arriving into the state. Visitors from anywhere outside of the state will instead be strongly advised to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and to seek out a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in or return to New Mexico. 

Under the Red to Green Framework, the following TURQUOISE; restrictions are currently being implemented in Santa Fe:

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions

  • Essential retail spaces: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

  • Indoor dining will be allowed at food and drink establishments at 75% of maximum occupancy if the establishment is New Mexico Safe Certified,  and outdoor dining will be allowed at 75% of maximum occupancy

  • Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor); no restrictions on outdoor spaces

  • Large entertainment venues: 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises

  • Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on the premises

  • Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable

  • Places of lodging No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that are New Mexico Safe Certified; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others. 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals

  • Mass gathering are limited to 150 individuals, 200 vehicles

  • Effective February 24, New Mexico State Parks, which had previously been open only for day-use for New Mexico residents, will now be open to camping with reservations and day-use for all. 

  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico, including while exercising. The only exceptions to face coverings in public include eating, drinking, swimming or unless otherwise advised by a health care provider.

  • All open businesses in the state are required to operate in accordance with the New Mexico COVID-Safe Practices.

For more information on the current Public Health Order, including definitions and specifics, click here.

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While we all adjust to a new normal, one thing remains constant - Santa Fe offers sunny skies, fresh air, and wide-open spaces. While some of our popular attractions remain closed or at limited-capacity for the time being, you can still enjoy many of Santa Fe's offerings. We hope you can use the information below as inspiration for planning your next trip. We look forward to seeing you when it is safe to travel.

Read our latest blog: 25 Things to Do in Santa Fe




NOTE: Effective February 24, New Mexico State Parks, which had previously been open only for day-use for New Mexico residents, will now be open to camping with reservations and day-use for all. 


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  • Outdoor dining is allowed at 75% of maximum capacity
  • Indoor dining is allowed at 75% of maximum capacity
  • Food and drink establishments may provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services to customers if they are legally permitted to do so
  • Bars and clubs are allowed to open at 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable

Together with our friends at edible New Mexico, we have compiled a list of food service establishments offering take-out, curbside pickup, delivery, and gift cards for future use. Many are offering special discounts and deals, so visit their websites for details. View the complete list here.

NOTE: Contact any restaurants, breweries, bars or clubs individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.

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  • Hotels, motels, RV parks, vacation rentals, and other places of lodging that have completed the NM Safe Certified program may operate at maximum capacity; 50% of maximum capacity for all others
  • Fifteen (15) guests maximum for short term vacation rentals
  • Hotels and lodging properties must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices

NOTE: Contact any business individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.

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  • Essential retailers may operate at 75% of maximum occupancy (indoor and outdoor). These include grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, and farmers’ markets; automobile repair facilities, bike repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile or bike repair products; hardware stores; laundromats; and dry cleaner services.
  • All close-contact businesses, including barbershops, hair salons, gyms, group fitness classes, tattoo parlors, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, esthetician clinics, tanning salons, guided raft tours, guided balloon tours, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, and personal training services may operate at 75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces.
  • All other businesses may operate at 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces.

NOTE: Contact any retailers individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures or changes in services.

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All gatherings must be limited to 150 people, or 200 vehicles.

We realize the inconvenience and frustration in regard to event cancellations. Keep watching for updates, as changes are happening quickly. We are working to keep this information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

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  • Large entertainment venues, including but not limited to racetracks, concert venues, movie theaters, performance venues, professional sports venues and theaters, may operate at 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities, including but not limited to aquariums, amusement parks, arcades, basketball courts, baseball fields, bowling alleys, botanical gardens, family entertainment centers, football fields, go-kart courses, golf courses, ice-skating rinks, museums with interactive displays or exhibits, miniature golf courses, ski areas, soccer fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, youth programs, trampoline parks and zoos, may operate at 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on the premises
  • Meow Wolf is open at limited capacities. Visit their website for tickets and more information.
  • Museums are open at limited capacities. Contact museums before visiting to confirm hours and admission information.
  • Tesuque Casino is open. Visit their website for more information. 


NOTE: Contact any business individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.

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The Governor's Office has identified COVID-Safe Practices, or CSPs, for all businesses to adhere to, but there are sector-specific CSPs that tourism businesses must also follow in order to comply with the public health order and offer service to guests in a safe and responsible manner.

Sector-specific CSPs, along with the master document are listed below:

CSPs for other sectors of the tourism industry, such as events, casinos, museums and entertainment venues, will be published at a later date.


The New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA) and the state’s hospitality and tourism industry announced today the launch of the New Mexico Safe Promise campaign. The initiative invites all New Mexicans to make a personal commitment to follow COVID-19 Safe Practices to help make New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, and customers. This initiative is about local communities supporting each other to ensure that all New Mexicans are self-accountable to abide by best practice safety standards. To make the New Mexico Safe Promise, visit


Program Overview:
New Mexico Safe Certified is an industry-led initiative that trains New Mexico businesses in COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) to help ensure all of us—customers, employees, and families—remain safe as New Mexico reopens for business and recreation. NM Safe Certified wants businesses to know they are not alone, and customers to know they can feel confident about visiting businesses in a COVID-positive world.

NM Safe Certified also awards special recognition and benefits to New Mexico businesses that have completed the NM Safe Certified training program. NM Safe Certified Benefits include:

  • Recognition as a NM Safe Certified business
  • Alignment with the visible NM Safe Certified brand
  • Usage of the NM Safe Certified “seal” to promote your business
  • Presence on the business directory
  • Access to NM Safe Certified Resource Toolkit, which includes sample health questionnaires and liability waivers
  • Receive the latest news about revisions and updates to the All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers
  • Participation in statewide peer learning communities to share best practices, troubleshoot common challenges, and access additional resources
  • Admission to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procurement Collective
  • Tourism-related business, who have their employees complete the NM Safe Certified training, will receive a $250 digital advertising credit per person up to $2,000 from New Mexico Magazine. Credit may be used toward the purchase of one-month digital media packages through January 31, 2021. Specific space requests are first come, first served and subject to availability.

NM Safe Certified provides FREE on-demand virtual COVID-Safe Practice training to the following industries :

  • Hotels & Lodging (including short-term rentals)
  • Restaurants
  • Golf Courses
  • Tour Operators
  • Retail
  • Spas & Salons
  • Additional industries coming soonǃ

Click here to learn more and get NM Safe Certified.

Responsible Restaurant Reopening with the New Mexico Restaurant Association

The NMRA has put together a plan for reopening restaurants that protect the public, gets thousands of people back to work and helps restaurants survive until a time when we can resume providing hospitality to our communities at 100%.

The restaurant industry has an outstanding track record of protecting our employees and guests. To ensure everyone’s safety as we welcome you back into our dining rooms, we ask that we make the following promises to each other:


  • We will continue to be a leader in safe sanitation practices with all team members certified in safe food handling and a certified manager at every restaurant.
  • Staff will wear face coverings at all times.
  • All staff will pass a health check or complete a health survey prior to each shift.
  • All indoor and outdoor seating options will comply with the appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations will be available upon entry and exit.
  • We will clean and sanitize common areas regularly.
  • All tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized after every use.
  • Place settings, utensils, menus, and condiments will either be single-use or will be cleaned and sanitized after every use.
  • We will post the New Mexico Restaurant Promise at our entrances so everyone understands the steps we must all take to keep our communities safe


  • You will wear a face mask when entering and/or exiting the building or moving about the building. You do not need to wear a face mask when seated at your table.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath), please help us keep everyone safe by using our contactless delivery or carry out options.
  • If you have underlying health conditions or are otherwise concerned about contracting COVID-19, please feel free to use our contactless delivery or take-out options. If you have any questions about the New Mexico Restaurant Promise, please ask for a manager who will be happy to assist you.

Click here to learn more and to download the NM Restaurant Promise Poster.

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