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A message from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Sorry to those who already have this, but I suspect a lot of you have not made it onto the state's email list.


My Fellow New Mexicans:

Today I announced further actions to encourage you to stay home, which is what our state really needs from you so we can remain a step or two ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new public health order taking effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closes all non-essential businesses. Our goal is to give you little reason to go out where you could inadvertently spread or become infected with the virus.

Most New Mexicans have cooperated fully with each new request during this challenging time, and I thank you for that. It is, indeed, helping. You are making a difference and saving lives. But each day affords new challenges and new opportunities in this fight, and today it became clear that New Mexicans need greater clarity about what constitutes an essential business. This order provides that clarity and orders all other businesses closed except for teleworking.

Here is what you need to know: You should stay home unless your job is essential to the health and well being of your fellow New Mexicans. Businesses deemed essential include health care facilities, child care facilities, food cultivators and food stores, restaurants (for delivery or take-out only), gas stations, pharmacies, banks, laundromats, homeless shelters and essential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management services.

Every other business is now closed except for telework.

Per previous orders, you may leave your home to get food and other needed supplies; to take care of family members in another household; and to walk, hike, bike or otherwise exercise outdoors -- as long as you maintain a 6-foot distance from others and return home as quickly as possible.

Otherwise, just stay home. Rigorous social distancing is a proven method to contain COVID-19, and I’m confident that with your continued support and cooperation, we will minimize its impact on New Mexico.

And remember: We’re all in this together.


Michelle Lujan Gisham