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Santa Fe COVID-19 Traveler Information

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020, 1:00 pm

As you are aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Overall, the risk of infection to Americans due to COVID-19 remains low and there are no travel restrictions or advisories in the domestic United States, which includes New Mexico. TOURISM Santa Fe is in close contact with health and security authorities on any planned or anticipated measures that may impact travel, and we will provide updates as we receive additional information.

The health and safety of our city’s residents and visitors is TOURISM Santa Fe’s highest priority. Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at (505) 827-0006. Please visit the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 website for details on indications and symptoms: cv.nmhealth.org.

For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453. 


Small Business Resources
AllTogetherSantaFe
Restaurants
Closures
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Safety


Critical Small Business Resources


This is a deeply troubling time as we see and experience the disruption being felt by the hospitality industry nationwide, and especially here at home in Santa Fe. We know the level of economic chaos you are experiencing is draining in a time of considerable uncertainty. But what you have built still has a strong foundation, and while it may be put to the test at this time, we know we will emerge on the other side—stronger than ever.

As we traverse through these difficult times together, we have compiled a list of helpful resources for our small business community.

View the list of resources here.

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#AllTogetherSantaFe Resource Portal


In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak and the negative impacts already reverberating through our own community, the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Economic Development has teamed up with Santa Fe County Economic Development to create an online resource portal for residents and small businesses to find support and assistance for everything from expanded unemployment availability to drive-through food pantries to small business loans, grants, adaptation ideas, and more.

The #AllTogetherSantaFe web portal can be found at www.alltogethersantafe.org, with a Spanish-language site at www.todosjuntossantafe.org. Visit the site to access the portal’s growing list of resources, or submit your own.

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Support Local Restaurants


We’re all in this together. Restaurants need our support.

Together with our friends at edible New Mexico, we have compiled a list of food service establishments offering take-out, curbside pickup, delivery, and gift cards for future use.

View the complete list here.

If you would like to submit your details for inclusion on this page, submit your information here.

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Closures and Cancellations


These organizations and businesses have announced the following closures and cancellations. Check back often as we will continue to update on any additional closures. Please contact businesses directly before visiting should you have any questions or concerns.

  • Archdioceses of Santa Fe: All Catholic churches closed.
  • Bandelier National Monument:- As of Sunday, March 22, 2020, Frijoles Canyon including the Visitor Center, WNPA Book Store, Sirphey at Bandelier Restaurant, Tsankawi, Juniper and Ponderosa Campgrounds are closed until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the Bandelier backcountry will remain open for day use and can be accessed by the Burnt Mesa Trail, Ponderosa Trail, Apache Springs Trail, Cerro Grande Trail, Ski Trails, and Alamo Boundary Trail.
  • Buffalo Thunder Casino: Buffalo Thunder Casino will be closed starting Monday, March 16th. The Hotel will remain open during this time.
  • Center for Contemporary Arts and The Screen: Temporarily closed until further notice.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Closed beginning March 14 until further notice.
  • Hotel Santa Fe: Closed until further notice.
  • Inn on the Alameda: Closed until further notice.
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks: Closed until further notice.
  • Lensic Performing Arts Center: All performances cancelled through April 9. Closed until further notice.
  • Meow Wolf: House of Eternal Return: will be closed through March 31st, and all events will be cancelled through April 15th, 2020.
  • New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: All state run museums and historic sites are temporarily closed. All events are cancelled until further notice.
  • New Mexico Rail Runner: Beginning March 16, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will temporarily suspend service.
  • New Mexico State Capitol: Closed to the public until further notice. All legislative agencies will continue to operate on a normal schedule.
  • New Mexico State Forests: National Forests in New Mexico will close developed recreation sites. Visitors are still welcome. The five national forests in New Mexico, including the Santa Fe National Forest, will begin closing the developed recreation sites beginning, Monday, March 23. Although campgrounds, day-use sites, restrooms and other developed recreation facilities in the New Mexico State Forests are likely to be closed, the vast majority of the forests will still be available to visitors who want to spend time outdoors. At this time, recreation opportunities include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping and other activities that support social distancing and small groups. For updates regarding the Santa Fe National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/santafe/home.
  • New Mexico State Parks and Campgrounds: Effective March 16, all New Mexico State Parks and Campgrounds are closed. All events are cancelled.
  • RTD Blue Bus Routes Temporarily Suspended or Modified : Beginning Wednesday, March 25, the North Central Regional Transit District has identified eight of its 29 routes that will be temporarily suspended or modified. Suspended routes are: 290 Edgewood, 305 Taos Express, 400 Los Alamos. Modified routes are: 800 Angel Fire, 260 La Cienega, 270 Turquoise Trail, 280 Eldorado and 350 UNM Taos. Visit www.ncrtd.org for the latest information.
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden: The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is open during their regular, seasonal operating hours. However, events and education programs are being modified, postponed, or cancelled.
  • Santa Fe Children's Museum: Closed until further notice.
  • Santa Fe Community Convention Center: The SFCCC is closed. All events, conferences, and meetings have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • Santa Fe School of Cooking: All classes are cancelled until further notice. The brick-and-mortar will remain open for limited hours.
  • Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage: Postponed until further notice.
  • SITE Santa Fe: The museum is temporarily closed until further notice. Additionally, all public programs in March and April have been cancelled or postponed.
  • Ski Santa Fe: Effective Monday, March 16, Ski Santa Fe will close for the season.
  • Ten Thousand Waves: The Spa at Ten Thousand Waves is closed until further notice.
  • Tesuque Casino: Closed until further notice.
  • TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Information Centers: All Visitor Information Centers (Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Plaza, and Railyard) are closed.
  • Violet Crown: Closed until further notice.
  • Wise Fools New Mexico: All studio classes and programming have been cancelled.

For a list of additional closures, please visit the Santa Fe New Mexican: Santa Fe Postponements, Cancellations, and Closures.

For arts-related closures and postponements across Santa Fe and the state, visit Southwestcontemporary.com.

For the most up to date information on business closures in the Santa Fe Railyard, visit railyardsantafe.com/covid-19-update.

The City of Santa Fe


In order to be proactive in protecting the safety and well-being of our community, the City will be cancelling or postponing all City of Santa Fe large scale events. The City of Santa Fe is taking the following actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the public’s health.  All closures, cancellations, and postponements are effective through Sunday, April 5, 2020.  The City will continue to monitor current health recommendations and best practices and provide updates. 
  • City Recreation Centers will close March 16 until further notice
  • City Libraries will close March 16 until further notice
  • Senior Centers will close immediately until further notice
  • City-sponsored community events and camps are cancelled
  • Majority of City meetings are cancelled
  • Most City services will continue

Effective March 25, City Hall and most other City government buildings will be closed to the public. Essential City staff whose jobs require them to be on site will still be reporting for work; however, the public will not be allowed in the buildings. For more information visit, www.city-of-santa-fe-coronavirus-response-thecitydifferent.hub.arcgis.com.

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State of New Mexico and Other Resources


New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and NMDOH on March 11, 2020, issued a public health emergency, as other states have, in order to maximize the resources available to the state in order to fight the potential spread of the virus and minimize public health risks for New Mexicans.

New Mexico has a centralized health department, making it much easier to coordinate infectious disease investigations.

Essential Businesses


On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order suspending operations of all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings of 5 or more people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All New Mexicans must immediately heed the directive to stay home except as needed to maintain continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.

This list does not include government services, which are unaffected by this order. State government has already implemented telework policies for all employees who are able to work from home; local governments have been strongly encouraged to do the same.


For a list of private operations deemed essential per that order: cv.nmhealth.org/stay-at-home-essential-businesses/

Stay-at-Home Frequently Asked Questions: cv.nmhealth.org/stay-at-home-faqs/

Stay-at-Home Isolation Guidance: cv.nmhealth.org/2020/03/23/state-enacts-further-restrictions-to-stop-spread-including-stay-at-home-instruction/


Events and Large Gatherings in Santa Fe


As of March 19, 2020, an updated public health emergency order issued from the New Mexico Department of Health will take effect. The order mandates the following:
  • All mass gatherings are prohibited, meaning gatherings greater than 10 people [Note: Per the March 23, 2020 updated Public Health Order, all mass gatherings greater than 5 people are now prohibited.]
  • All food service establishments and bars are ordered to close for dine-in service. Food service establishments can still operate through take-out and home delivery service. This same directive applies to restaurants and bars within hotels
  • Hotels, motels and other places of lodging must operate at 50% occupancy
  • Indoor shopping malls, theaters, flea markets, recreational facilities, health clubs, and resort spas must close. Essential establishments such as pharmacies and grocery stores will still operate.
  • All non-tribal casinos are ordered to close.

All these directives are to stay in effect until April 10, unless deemed necessary to extend. To read the public health order in its entirety, click here.

More Resources


TOURISM Santa Fe is also closely monitoring updates and advice from local, state, federal and international organizations that are actively monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) including:

The New Mexico Department of Health
The City of Santa Fe
The State of New Mexico
The New Mexico Tourism Department
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

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STAY HEALTHY & STAY SAFE


Is it safe to travel to Santa Fe and/or New Mexico?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has consistently advised the public to practice every day preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season. There are no travel restrictions or advisories in the domestic U.S., which includes Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and the state of New Mexico. If you are concerned about travel within the United States, please check updated CDC recommendations here.

Healthy Travel Practices

  • Wash hands often
  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
  • Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department
Visit CDC Travel for the latest guidance: cdc.gov/travel




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