February 24, 2021 – The state has issued extensive changes to the red-to-green reopening framework plan. In addition to a new, least restrictive Turquoise level, changes have been made to activities permitted under both yellow and green. Some of the most notable changes that impact the restaurant industry include:

  • Restaurants in counties at Turquoise level can operate at 75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining. At turquoise, bars, clubs and entertainment venues can operate at 33% indoor capacity and 75% outdoor.
  • In counties that have reached green – bar, clubs, entertainment venues and recreational facilities can operate at 25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable; indoor not permitted.

Revised PHO for 2-24-21            Read Governor’s Press Release

“The county-by-county framework enables counties, and the businesses and nonprofits within their borders, to operate with fewer restrictions when they slow the spread of the virus and drive down test positivity rates,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “It’s been a difficult year and an especially difficult past month. We must remain as vigilant as ever to contain and beat the virus; we also must look for ways to lessen the burden on our communities wherever possible, while never swerving from our top priority – protecting New Mexicans and saving lives.”