Businesses in New Mexico move forward with restrictions
NEW MEXICO – New Mexico is allowing indoor dinning, shopping malls and salons to reopen at limited capacity starting June , as state health regulators relax restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the changes under a new 30-day public health order, these changes apply to the entire state.
Restaurants can open their dinning rooms, but must stay at a 50% maximum occupancy. Customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, according to the emergency public health order. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited.
Gyms are also allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions – including that group fitness classes are not permitted.
Indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25% occupancy.
Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. While waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.
As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry.
The changes apply to the entire state, including the northwest of the state that accounts for the majority of infections statewide.