**Visitors to the state are no longer required to self-quarantine.**
**New Mexico adopts CDC mask guidelines: fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor settings.**
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.
Per the CDC, in most circumstances, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor settings. All individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated are still required, per the public health order and CDC guidance, to wear a mask in public settings. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet those requirements must continue to wear a mask in public settings.
All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities, and individual businesses. The state fully supports businesses and workplaces that may continue to require masks for employees and/or customers on the premises, regardless of vaccination status.
Per CDC guidance, masks continue to be required to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in the following settings:
Health care settings, including but not limited to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and doctors’ offices
Public transportation, including but not limited to buses, trains, and planes and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit cv.nmhealth.org.
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.
Santa Fe County is classified as TURQUOISE.
Things To Know Before Visiting Santa Fe:
The state no longer requires 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.
Per the CDC, in most circumstances, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor settings in New Mexico. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities, and individual businesses. The state fully supports businesses and workplaces that may continue to require masks for employees and/or customers on the premises, regardless of vaccination status.
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
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.
All open businesses in the state are required to operate in accordance with the New Mexico COVID-Safe Practices.
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
- Take a hike and explore Santa Fe’s natural treasures.
- Play a round of golf at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe and take in 360-degree panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Ortiz and Sandia Mountains.
- Let’s get Outdoors
- An Insiders Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art
- Explore and learn about native plants and landscapes at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
- Hiking Trails You Can Access From Santa Fe
- Don’t Miss Trails in Santa Fe County
- Backpacking Nirvana in the Santa Fe National Forest
- A Two-Wheel Adventure Awaits. Biking in Santa Fe County
- Explore Santa Fe on a guided Outdoor Tour or City Tour.
NATIONAL & STATE PARKS/MONUMENTS:
NOTE: 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.
- Visit the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm to pick up local produce, fresh breads, seasonal herbs, aromatic fresh and dried chiles, local honey and jams.
- Enjoy Santa Fe’s outdoor dining scene at one of our world-class restaurants.
- Take a Table Outdoors in Santa Fe
- 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.
2021 EVENTS UPDATE: With New Mexico’s expanding vaccination efforts, state officials are confident that we will meet the 60% threshold of eligible New Mexicans who have been fully vaccinated by the end of June. When that happens, the state will reopen to tourism activities – including events. Many of Santa Fe’s beloved annual events, including Folk Art Market, Spanish Market, Indian Market, Zozobra, and Santa Fe Wine & Chile, will take place this summer and fall. Before planning your trip, please check with individual organizations for event details and, if applicable, information about timed entry, tickets, capacity limit, etc. Visit the Events Calendar for a list of daily events, gallery openings, performances, workshops, and more.
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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.
- Now Open: Tesuque Casino and Buffalo Thunder Casino. Visit websites for more information.
NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS/MONUMENTS
- 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.
For more information about National Parks, National Monuments, and National Forests visit the individual sites below.
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:
- Complete Document
- CSPs - All Employers
- CSPs - Hotels, Resorts, and Lodging
- CSPs - Tour Operators
- CSPs - Restaurants
- CSPs - Retail
- CSPs - Golf Courses
- CSPs - Drive-In Events
- CSP's - Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors, and Related Services.
CSPs for other sectors of the tourism industry, such as events, casinos, museums and entertainment venues, will be published at a later date.
NEW MEXICO SAFE PROMISE
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 NMSafePromise.org.
EARN NEW MEXICO SAFE CERTIFICATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS
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 NMSafeCertified.org 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)
- Golf Courses
- Tour Operators
- 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:
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
- 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
YOUR PROMISE TO US
- 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.