Santa Fe COVID-19 Updates & Resources

The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been TOURISM 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, 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










Beginning on December 2, the State of New Mexico will implement 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. Click here to learn more about the Red to Green Framework.

  • Santa Fe County is currently classified as RED.

Things To Know Before Visiting Santa Fe:

Individuals entering New Mexico from higher-risk states must self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter, even if they have recently tested negative for COVID-19. Higher-risk states are defined as those that have a test positivity rate of 5% or higher over a seven-day rolling average or a positive test rate higher than 80 per 100,000 residents.

For more information on current New Mexico travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and list of high-risk and low-risk states, please visit

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

  • Mass gathering are limited to five individuals, ten vehicles.
  • New Mexico State Parks are only open to New Mexico residents for day-use. New Mexico State Parks are not open to out-of-state residents. Individuals who visit a state park must demonstrate proof of residency, such as a state ID or state-issued license plate.
  • 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: New Mexico State Parks are open to New Mexico residents for day-use only. New Mexico State Parks are not open to out-of-state residents.


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  • Outdoor dining is allowed at 25% of maximum occupancy.
  • Establishments serving alcohol must close at 9:00 pm.
  • Indoor dining is prohibited.
  • Food and drink establishments may provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services to customers if they are legally permitted to do so.

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 and breweries 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 40% of maximum capacity.
  • Five (5) guests maximum for short term vacation rentals.
  • Hotels and lodging properties must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
  • Places of lodging that have not completed the training program will be capped at 25% maximum occupancy.

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 25% of maximum occupancy. 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 25% of maximum capacity or 10 customers at one time, whichever is smaller.
  • All other retail businesses may operate at 25% of maximum capacity.

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

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

We realize the inconvenience and frustration in regard to event cancellations. We are working to keep an ongoing list of all events in Santa Fe 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.

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  • Outdoor golf courses, public swimming pools, ski basins, youth programs, youth livestock shows, horseracing tracks, botanical gardens, and outdoor zoos may operate at 25% of maximum capacity (unless required to have less capacity under the state’s COVID-Safe Practices).
  • Indoor movie theaters, indoor museums with interactive displays or exhibits and other similar venues, miniature golf, arcades, amusement parks, aquariums, casinos, concert venues, professional sports venues, event venues, bars, dance clubs, performance venues, go-kart courses, automobile racetracks, adult entertainment venues, and other places of recreation or entertainment remain closed.
  • Indoor museums that do not have interactive displays or exhibits may operate at 25% of maximum capacity or 75 visitors at one time, whichever is smaller.


  • Beginning December 3, New Mexico State Parks are open to New Mexico residents for day-use. New Mexico State Parks are not open to out-of-state residents. Individuals who visit a state park must demonstrate proof of residency, such as a state ID or state-issued license plate.
  • All camping reservations will be cancelled and refunded through December 31st.
  • Camping and overnight use will be closed through the end of December.

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:

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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