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New Mexico Governor: Opening day will be July 1

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that all remaining public health restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activity in the state will be lifted July 1.

She made the declaration as state health officials continued to crunch the vaccination numbers following a push that included a multimillion-dollar sweepstakes and other cash incentives.

The Democratic governor had wanted at least 60% of residents 16 and older to be vaccinated two weeks ahead of the reopening. Her office said vaccinations stood at 59.4% on Thursday but that the state was waiting for more federal data to come in. Officials expected those numbers to bring the state within its goal.

Still, the governor said in a statement that she had hoped the vaccination numbers would be higher by now.

“The variants across the globe and in the U.S. present very serious risks to unvaccinated people, even young people,” she said. “We all, each of us, have the power to stop the serious illnesses and deaths: Get your shot. It’s safe. It works. It’s that simple.”

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The reopening will mean that all businesses across the state can once again operate at 100% of maximum capacity levels.

However, state officials said businesses will still be authorized to require masks, distancing or other health precautions against the spread of COVID-19.