May 26, 2020 4:02 PM
State announces soft reopening for dine-in restaurants
Restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services
where available beginning Wednesday
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.
Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.
Under the amended public health order, which is attached and will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply:
No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.
Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another.
No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
No bar or counter seating is permitted.
Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present. Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.
“Our priority throughout this public health crisis has been the safety and health and well-being of New Mexicans, and this modification of the emergency public health order aligns with that mandate while providing an opportunity for restaurants to begin preparing for a wider reopening next week,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We continue to see sustained, consistent progress in our fight against this virus, which is a credit to the New Mexicans who have amended their behavior to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. I greatly look forward to being able to continue to ease the restrictions imposed on us by this heinous virus – provided that we continue on the right track and New Mexicans take every necessary precaution, whether in an individual capacity or as a business-owner or employee.”
“The New Mexico Restaurant Association is happy with the Governor's decision to allow a soft opening, of outdoor dining, for restaurants on May 27,” said Carol Wight, the association’s chief executive. “We believe this will provide restaurants the opportunity to ease back into the swing of things while taking the time to properly train staff and implement COVID-19 safe procedures effectively, before fully opening to the public on June 1.
“At this time we ask our industry partners in Doña Ana County to seriously consider refraining from participation in this soft opening,” Wight added. “The rate of transmission is considerably higher in this area and in order for everyone to be able to safely reopen soon, the NMRA would like restaurants in this area to forgo the May 27 date and work hard to slow the spread for the June 1 reopening of our industry.”
COVID-safe practices for restaurants are available here and will be adhered to under any broader reopening that could take place early next week upon the expiration of the current emergency public health order.
The emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-Safe Practices for Restaurants, which have been updated with an adjustment related to contact tracing. The requirement is as follows:
“To support contract tracing, offer all customers who visit the establishment with the opportunity to record their name and phone number or email address, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for no less than four weeks from the date of collection.”
All COVID-Safe Practices can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers”, which can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org at the link provided here. (The document includes COVID-Safe Practices for salons, spas, and tattoo parlors, although those are not yet permissible, in order to allow these establishments to prepare for what practices will be required upon a later limited re-opening.)
The amended public health order – which otherwise remains the same, meaning other close-contact facilities and outdoor recreation facilities must remain closed – will not apply to the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan. That public health region remains under the May 5, 2020, public health order but is on track to move ahead into broader reopenings beginning June 1.
The public health order dated May 15, 2020, can be found here.
The amended public health order is attached. It will be executed Wednesday, May 27.
May 26, 2020 3:54 PM
Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,130
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
22 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Taos County
12 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
14 new cases among federal detainees held by ICE at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 80s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 325.
Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County) and one case in San Juan County has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,130 positive tests for COVID-19:
Bernalillo County: 1,362
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 130
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 49
Doña Ana County: 428
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,236
Otero County: 17
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 37
Roosevelt County: 36
Sandoval County: 546
San Juan County: 1,605
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 133
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 52
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 16
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.
As of today, there are 211 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.
As of today, there are 2,564 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.
The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.
Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.
New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).
Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.