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Santa Fe COVID-19 Updates & Resources

The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been TOURISM Santa Fe’s top priority. Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to travel safely. The City of Santa Fe continues to work closely with our business partners, monitoring the new safety procedures and practices being implemented within restaurants, accommodations, attractions, venues and more, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit to our welcoming city.

While enjoying your visit in Santa Fe, we strongly encourage you to adhere to the health practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as mask wearing, frequent hand washing and maintaining distance (about six feet) from others when possible.

For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit

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Effective Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 30, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials announced that the state will temporarily re-enact a statewide order closing in-person services for all non-essential activities in order to blunt the unprecedented spike of COVID-19 illnesses and to attempt to relieve dramatically escalating strain on hospitals and health care providers across the state.

The heightened restrictions statewide, enacted through an amended emergency public health order issued by the state Department of Health, will be in effect for two weeks.

The amended emergency public health may be found here. See below for detailed information.

Things To Know Before Visiting Santa Fe:

Effective October 16, individuals entering New Mexico from higher-risk states must self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter, even if they have recently tested negative for COVID-19. Higher-risk states are defined as those that have a test positivity rate of 5% or higher over a seven-day rolling average or a positive test rate higher than 80 per 100,000 residents.

For more information on current New Mexico travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and list of high-risk and low-risk states, please visit

  • Gatherings of more than five individuals are prohibited.
  • From November 16-30, New Mexico State Parks are closed to all visitors.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico, including while exercising. The only exceptions to face coverings in public include eating, drinking, swimming or unless otherwise advised by a health care provider.
  • All open businesses in the state are required to operate in accordance with the New Mexico COVID-Safe Practices.
For more information on the current Public Health Order, including definitions and specifics, click here.

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New Mexicans have been asked to shelter in place for two weeks beginning on November 16, staying at home except for essential trips for groceries and medicines, emergency medical care, a flu shot or a COVID-19 test.

We know you can't wait to experience all that Santa Fe has to offer. During this time, please use the information below as inspiration for planning your next trip. We look forward to seeing you when it is safe to travel.

Read our latest blog: 25 Things to Do in Santa Fe




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  • From November 16-30, indoor and outdoor on-site dining at all food and drink establishments will be prohibited.
  • Food and drink establishments may provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services to customers if they are legally permitted to do so.

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. Many are offering special discounts and deals, so visit their websites for details. View the complete list here.

NOTE: Contact any restaurants and breweries individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.

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From November 16-30, hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals, RV parks, and other places of lodging that have completed the NM Safe Certified program may operate at 25% of maximum capacity. Hotels and lodging properties must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

Unless being used to house health care providers, provide extended stays as temporary housing or provide lodging for people who are quarantining, lodging properties that are not NM Safe Certified must cut down operation by 100 percent.

NOTE: Contact any business individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.

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From November 16 - 30:
  • Non-essential businesses and organizations must reduce in-person workforce at each business location by 100 percent. All close-contact businesses must close, including barbershops, hair salons, gyms, group fitness classes, tattoo parlors, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, esthetician clinics, tanning salons, guided raft tours, guided balloon tours, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, and personal training services.

  • Essential retailers may operate at 25 percent maximum occupancy or have no more than 75 customers in the store at one time, whichever is smaller. Essential retailers must close between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

NOTE: Contact any retailers individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures or changes in services.

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At the direction of the state of New Mexico, all gatherings of more than five people are prohibited until further notice.

We realize the inconvenience and frustration in regard to event cancellations. We are working to keep an ongoing list of all events in Santa Fe that have been canceled or postponed. Keep watching for updates, as changes are happening quickly. We are working to keep this information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

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Indoor movie theatres, indoor museums with interactive displays/exhibits, bowling alleys, and other indoor attractions remain closed at this time.

All state museums and historical sites remain closed.

From November 16 -30, all outdoor recreational facilities must close, including golf courses and tennis courts.


New Mexico State Parks are closed. For more information about National Parks, National Monuments, and National Forests visit the individual sites below.

From November 16 - 30, Golf Courses must close.

NOTE: Contact any business individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.

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COVID-Safe Practices

The Governor's Office has identified COVID-Safe Practices, or CSPs, for all businesses to adhere to, but there are sector-specific CSPs that tourism businesses must also follow in order to comply with the public health order and offer service to guests in a safe and responsible manner.

Sector-specific CSPs, along with the master document are listed below:

CSPs for other sectors of the tourism industry, such as events, casinos, museums and entertainment venues, will be published at a later date.

New Mexico Safe Promise

The New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA) and the state’s hospitality and tourism industry announced today the launch of the New Mexico Safe Promise campaign. The initiative invites all New Mexicans to make a personal commitment to follow COVID-19 Safe Practices to help make New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, and customers. This initiative is about local communities supporting each other to ensure that all New Mexicans are self-accountable to abide by best practice safety standards. To make the New Mexico Safe Promise, visit

Earn New Mexico Safe Certification For Your Business

Program Overview:
New Mexico Safe Certified is an industry-led initiative that trains New Mexico businesses in COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) to help ensure all of us—customers, employees, and families—remain safe as New Mexico reopens for business and recreation. NM Safe Certified wants businesses to know they are not alone, and customers to know they can feel confident about visiting businesses in a COVID-positive world.

NM Safe Certified also awards special recognition and benefits to New Mexico businesses that have completed the NM Safe Certified training program. NM Safe Certified Benefits include:
  • Recognition as a NM Safe Certified business
  • Alignment with the visible NM Safe Certified brand
  • Usage of the NM Safe Certified “seal” to promote your business
  • Presence on the business directory
  • Access to NM Safe Certified Resource Toolkit, which includes sample health questionnaires and liability waivers
  • Receive the latest news about revisions and updates to the All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers
  • Participation in statewide peer learning communities to share best practices, troubleshoot common challenges, and access additional resources
  • Admission to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procurement Collective
  • Tourism-related business, who have their employees complete the NM Safe Certified training, will receive a $250 digital advertising credit per person up to $2,000 from New Mexico Magazine. Credit may be used toward the purchase of one-month digital media packages through January 31, 2021. Specific space requests are first come, first served and subject to availability.

NM Safe Certified provides FREE on-demand virtual COVID-Safe Practice training to the following industries :
  • Hotels & Lodging (including short-term rentals)
  • Restaurants
  • Golf Courses
  • Tour Operators
  • Retail
  • Spas & Salons
  • Additional industries coming soonǃ

Click here to learn more and get NM Safe Certified.

Responsible Restaurant Reopening with the New Mexico Restaurant Association

The NMRA has put together a plan for reopening restaurants that protect the public, gets thousands of people back to work and helps restaurants survive until a time when we can resume providing hospitality to our communities at 100%.

The restaurant industry has an outstanding track record of protecting our employees and guests. To ensure everyone’s safety as we welcome you back into our dining rooms, we ask that we make the following promises to each other:

  • We will continue to be a leader in safe sanitation practices with all team members certified in safe food handling and a certified manager at every restaurant.
  • Staff will wear face coverings at all times.
  • All staff will pass a health check or complete a health survey prior to each shift.
  • All indoor and outdoor seating options will comply with the appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations will be available upon entry and exit.
  • We will clean and sanitize common areas regularly.
  • All tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized after every use.
  • Place settings, utensils, menus, and condiments will either be single-use or will be cleaned and sanitized after every use.
  • We will post the New Mexico Restaurant Promise at our entrances so everyone understands the steps we must all take to keep our communities safe
  • You will wear a face mask when entering and/or exiting the building or moving about the building. You do not need to wear a face mask when seated at your table.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath), please help us keep everyone safe by using our contactless delivery or carry out options.
  • If you have underlying health conditions or are otherwise concerned about contracting COVID-19, please feel free to use our contactless delivery or take-out options. If you have any questions about the New Mexico Restaurant Promise, please ask for a manager who will be happy to assist you.
Click here to learn more and to download the NM Restaurant Promise Poster.

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