The Economic Development Department released state guidelines for appropriate outdoor recreational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines were released on Friday, April 10, coming from the Outdoor Recreation Division of the EDD and the office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
According to the state’s new outdoor recreation guidelines, New Mexicans are allowed to hike, bike, jog, or rollerblade outdoors, so long as they are not in a group, they adhere to social distancing guidelines during outdoor activities and stay close to home.
Gov. Lujan Grisham allowed that New Mexicans can go outside, but must do so cautiously, and avoid crowded areas in the process. She also stated that citizens should not carpool with any persons outside of their family.
The guidelines stated that the top priority of the state is ensuring the health of others.
Additional guidelines from the EDD included encouraging New Mexicans to stay as close to home as possible, stating, “The farther you travel, the farther you could spread the illness. Try to limit all your outdoor recreation to your neighborhood.”
The guidelines also warned against participating in outdoor activities that pose a high risk of injury – reminding people that heath care facilities are already overwhelmed. Participating in high-risk activities could also lead to unnecessary risk for search-and-rescue teams if they are called upon to go find someone, according to the state.
New Mexicans are encouraged to use common sense and respect the various closures currently in place for safety concerns. A list of closures has been created by the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division and can be accessed on their website. Citizens are encouraged to review the list of closures before making plans to venture out.
“We must practice physical distancing everywhere – even when outdoors,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.