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The latest public health order from the New Mexico Department of Health has announced the majority of counties have moved to the least restrictive Turquoise Level. Locally, counties that have moved to Turquoise include Grant Luna, and Sierra counties. Hidalgo County remains in Green and Catron County moved back to the Yellow level. Turquoise level counties will abide by the following capacity percentages:

  • Essential retail spaces may have 75 percent of maximum capacity for indoor spaces and 100 percent for outdoor
  • New Mexico Safe Certified food and drink establishments can have 75 percent of maximum capacity for indoor and outdoor dining
  • Large entertainment venues, bars, and clubs may have 33 percent maximum capacity for indoor/enclosed space on the premises and 75 percent outdoor
  • Recreational facilities may have 50 percent of maximum capacity for indoor/enclosed space and 75 percent of outdoor space on premises
  • Houses of worship may hold religious services not to exceed 75 percent of maximum capacity for any enclosed space on the premises and may operate at 100 percent capacity outdoors.

In addition, mass gatherings are limited to 150 persons. It was announced that when 60 percent of eligible New Mexicans are fully vaccinated, that state will be able to graduate out of the color-coded county risk system. They project that the threshold should be reached by the end of June.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that May is Motorcycle Awareness month. Records show that in 2019, there were 1,128 motorcycle crashes in New Mexico, whereby 59 were fatal, the highest number of motorcycle fatalities since 2014.  Alcohol and or drugs were involved in 29 of the fatalities. For safety tips, visit

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