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Santa Fe Re-Opening News & Resources (COVID-19 Updates)

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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While the state has begun to allow the reopening of businesses, some businesses remain closed or have modified hours. We recommend calling ahead to any business you plan to visit to confirm that they are open and ready to welcome guests.

Things To Know Before Visiting Santa Fe:

Effective Friday, Sept. 4, individuals who travel to New Mexico from low-risk states are exempt from the mandatory travel quarantine, based on the following criteria:

COVID-positivity rate less than 5%, and
new case rate equal to or less than 80 per 1 million residents

Furthermore, individuals who can show documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before or after entry into New Mexico are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement, regardless of the state from which they have traveled. This exemption does not apply to persons entering New Mexico after traveling outside the United States.

For more information on current New Mexico travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, please visit

  • Effective July 13, New Mexico State Parks are not open to out-of-state residents. Individuals who visit a state park must demonstrate proof of residency, such as a state ID or state-issued license plate.
  • New Mexico residents may overnight camp at most state parks in groups of 10 or less people, beginning October 1. To review the status of operations for all state parks, click here.
  • Effective August 29, the maximum number of people allowed to gather in a group will increase to 10. The previous public health order limited mass gatherings to no more than five individuals.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico. The only exceptions to face coverings in public include eating, drinking, swimming or unless otherwise advised by a health care provider. Effective July 13, the face covering requirement will be strengthened to additionally require individuals to wear face coverings while exercising.
  • 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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While we all adjust to a new normal, one thing remains constant - Santa Fe offers sunny skies, fresh air, and wide-open spaces. While some of our popular attractions remain closed or at limited-capacity for the time being, you can still enjoy many of Santa Fe's offerings. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Read our latest blog: Welcome Backǃ 25 Things to Do in Santa Fe This Summer




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Effective August 29, the emergency public health order will be amended to implement the following:
  • Food and drink establishments (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops or other similar establishments) may provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
  • Food and drink establishments may continue to provide outdoor dining options, carryout and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table.

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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Effective Friday, September 4, hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals, RV parks, and other places of lodging that have completed the NM Safe Certified program can operate at 75% of maximum capacity. Hotels and lodging properties must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

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

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As of Monday, June 1, all retailers and most non-essential businesses may open and operate at 25% capacity. A “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers.

Indoor malls may open at 25% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

Hair salons, nail salons, massage services, tattoo parlors, and related services may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

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 ten 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, casinos, indoor museums with interactive displays/exhibits, bowling alleys, and other indoor attractions remain closed at this time. Should the state meet key gating criteria, the reopening plan for these attractions will be included in the next phase of reopening the state. Drive-in theaters permitted to operate with COVID-Safe Practices in place.

NOTE: Effective August 29, museums with static displays may operate at 25% capacity. Contact museums individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closures, or changes in services.


National Parks, National Monuments, National Forests, and State Parks have begun to reopen, with modified services and capacity limits. View the resources below for more information about individual locations:

As of Friday, May 15, Golf Courses may open in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

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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