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 cv.nmhealth.org.

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WHAT’S OPENING AND WHEN?


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 February 24, 2021, Santa Fe County is classified as YELLOW.

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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 YELLOW; 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: 33% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

  • Indoor dining will be allowed at food and drink establishments at 33% 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: 33% of maximum capacity or 20 customers at one time, whichever is smaller; 33% of any outdoor space on the premises

  • Large entertainment venues: 25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises; indoor not permitted with the limited exception of operating up to 25% of maximum capacity for recording and broadcasting entertainment without any in-person audience

  • Recreational facilities: 33% of any outdoor space on the premises; indoor not permitted

  • Places of lodging that are New Mexico Safe Certified will be allowed to operate at 60% maximum occupancy under Yellow status, up from 40% maximum occupancy under the Red level. Places of lodging that are not New Mexico Safe Certified must remain at 25% of maximum occupancy.

  • Mass gathering are limited to 10 individuals, 80 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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I AM IN SANTA FE NOW, WHAT CAN I DO?


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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:


NATIONAL & STATE PARKS/MONUMENTS:

 

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. 

CULINARY ADVENTURES:


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RESTAURANT & BREWERY UPDATES: YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • Outdoor dining is allowed at 75% of maximum capacity
  • Indoor dining is allowed at 25% of maximum capacity
  • Establishments serving alcohol must close at 10:00 pm.
  • 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 defined as any business that typically or actually generates more than half of its revenue from the sale of alcohol for on-premises consumption – including adult entertainment venues, nightclubs, and dance clubs, regardless of the source of their revenue, remain closed at this time.


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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HOTEL & LODGING UPDATES: YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • Hotels, motels, RV parks, vacation rentals, and other places of lodging that have completed the NM Safe Certified program may operate at 60% of maximum capacity; 25% of maximum capacity for all others.
  • Five (5) 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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RETAIL BUSINESS UPDATES: YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • Essential retailers may operate at 33% 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 33% of maximum capacity or 20 customers at one time, whichever is smaller.
  • All other retail businesses may operate at 33% of maximum capacity or 125 customers at one time, whichever is smaller.


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

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EVENT UPDATES: YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS


At the direction of the state of New Mexico, all gatherings of more than ten people, 80 vehicles are prohibited until further notice.

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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ATTRACTIONS & RECREATION UPDATES: YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

  • Large entertainment venues, including but not limited to racetracks, concert venues, movie theaters, performance venues, professional sports venues and theaters, may operate at up to 25% of any outdoor space on the premises but may not permit patrons to enter the indoor portions of the venue except for the limited purpose of using a restroom.
  • 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 up to 33% of maximum occupancy at any outdoor space on the premises. Indoor not permitted.
     

NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS/MONUMENTS


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

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RESOURCES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

 

COVID-SAFE PRACTICES


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.
 

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


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 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)
  • 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:

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.

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

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