Santa Fe COVID-19 Traveler Information
UPDATED May 27, 2020, 8:30 am
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.
On May 13, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham provided an update on COVID-19 and the efforts from the state to address the public health and economic considerations associated with the crisis. It was announced that New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy. Beginning May 27, restaurants may provide limited outdoor or patio services where available. Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. For more information on current mandates for businesses and large gatherings, click here.
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.
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.
- International Folk Art Market: The 2020 International Folk Art Market has been cancelled.
- Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks: Closed until further notice.
- Lensic Performing Arts Center: All performances cancelled until further notice.
- Meow Wolf: House of Eternal Return: Closed until further notice.
- 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 May 1, New Mexico State Parks and Campgrounds may reopen on a modified day-use-only basis, as staff is available - camping and visitor centers are still closed.
- 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. Effective April 3, the 310 Red River route is also suspended until further notice. Visit www.ncrtd.org for the latest information.
- Santa Fe Botanical Garden: The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is closed until further notice.
- 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 Indian Market: The 2020 Indian Market has been cancelled.
- 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 have been cancelled or postponed.
- 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.
- Traditional Spanish Market: The 2020 Traditional Spanish Market has been cancelled.
- 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 FeThe Governor’s Office has announced the State may start to reopen in certain areas as of May 15, 2020, depending on data that indicate the extent to which the state has met the gating criteria identified by the Governor.
For the safety of City employees and the public, the City of Santa Fe will extend its closure date through Sunday, May 31, 2020. The City will continue to monitor emerging health recommendations, best practices, and the financial crisis as we make decisions moving forward about whether, how and when to reopen City government.
Government Facilities Will Remain Closed
- The Santa Fe Public Library with its three branches (Main, La Farge, and Southside)
- The Genoveva Chavez Community Center (GCCC) and Ft. Marcy Sports Complex
- The Municipal Recreation Sports Complex
- Senior Centers
- City Hall and other City Buildings
Playground equipment, basketball courts, skate bowls, and tennis courts will remain closed.
All City-sponsored events and co-sponsored events will be cancelled through May 31, 2020. The summer recreation and youth programs will not be held this summer.
City Parks and Trails will remain open at this time. Individuals must maintain 6 ft. of separation.
Effective Friday, May 8, the City of Santa Fe will be closing administrative “Virtual Offices” at noon every Friday due to furloughs.
For information on how to do business with the City of Santa Fe during this emergency health crisis, please visit our website at santafenm.gov.
Governing Body, Finance Committee, Public Works and Utilities Committee, Quality of Life Committee meetings will be held virtually.
All virtual meetings will be available on the City’s YouTube Channel.
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State of New Mexico and Other Resources
On March 11, 2020 New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and NMDOH issued a public health emergency 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.
Updates on Public Health OrderOn Wednesday, May 13, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced updates to the current Public Health Order. Below are some of the key takeaways:
What will change come Saturday, May 16:
- All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (“CSPs”) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);
- Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
- Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
- Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;
- Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.
The following Public Health Orders remain in effect:
- New Mexicans must remain home except for outings essential for health, safety and welfare, especially elderly and vulnerable individuals. If you must leave home, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited and 6 feet of physical distance from others must be maintained.
- Large retailers like big-box stores and grocery stores will continue operating at 20 percent capacity as determined by fire code.
- All food service establishments and bars remain closed for dine-in service. Beginning May 27, restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services where available, at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. Food service establishments can 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 shall not operate at more than 25% of maximum occupancy.
- All non-tribal casinos remain closed.
- Locations and services where high-intensity contact is unavoidable – such as gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed. Limited in-person operations for those types of businesses could be included in the next modification of the public health order, as soon as early June, depending on New Mexico’s rate of COVID-19 transmission, testing capacity and other
- Other high-intensity contact services that must remain closed include indoor malls, massage and tattoo parlors, theaters, casinos.
- 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals.
- Vacation rentals prohibited to out-of-state residents.
- Visits to long-term care and other congregate care facilities remain restricted.
For more information on the Public Health Order, including definitions and specifics, click here.
What comes next?
New Mexico is looking at early June for Part II of Phase I in the reopening process. The state will be looking at more high-intensity contact businesses and services such as salons, barbers, gyms, indoor malls, dine-in restaurants - all with limited occupancy and sector-specific CSPs. Part II might also see potential expansions of occupancy limits for hotels.
For a list of private operations deemed essential per the most recent 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/
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
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