Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday extended a public health emergency order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office, is being made “to encourage social distancing and preserve safety equipment for health care workers.”
Monday’s order from the governor states all guidance and advisories issued by her office and the secretary of health are in effect through at least April 30.
The order further restricts business operations, and is effective at 8 a.m. April 7.
New Mexicans are instructed to stay at home except for emergency or essential outings, and non-essential businesses that had previously been ordered to close in-person operations must remain closed.
The order issued Monday includes a new requirement that all retail operations considered essential businesses — including grocery stores — must limit occupancy in their retail spaces.
“The maximum number of customers in the retail space must be equal to 20 percent or less of the maximum occupancy of the retail space, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department,” according to the press release.
Customers waiting outside retail spaces must comply with social distancing protocols including the requirement they maintain a distance of at least six feet from others and avoid person-to-person contact, the press release states.
It specifies that hotels, motels, RV parks and other places of lodging shall not operate at more than 25 percent of maximum occupancy, down from the previous order’s 50 percent.
“Additional entities that are deemed non-essential as part of the amended order and must cease in-person operations are automobile dealerships, payday lenders and liquor stores,” the press release states.
Businesses wishing to clarify essential or non-essential status can email email@example.com.
More on Monday’s extension can be found online at www.governor.state.nm.us/2020/04/06/governor-officially-extends-emergency-order-to-april-30/.