COVID Spike Ushers In Renewed Restrictions
New emergency restrictions due to coronavirus will be put in place until Nov. 13 after a surge of new cases in New Mexico.
Within October, hospitalizations in New Mexico due to coronavirus are up 101 percent, and the seven day rolling average of new cases has reached a new peak at 68,767. Public health officials attribute the surge in cases to lack of strict adherence to personal health practices, such as mask wearing.
The renewed restrictions address both businesses and individuals in an attempt to control this recent spike of cases.
By recommendation of the appointed Economic Recovery Council, food and drink establishments must close by 10:00 p.m.. According to a member of the council, Allan Affeldt, this decision was motivated by "some restaurants and bars … blatantly disregard[ed] public safety by operating late and in gross violation of safe practices and common sense."
Mass gatherings of up to 10 people are now prohibited, with the new maximum being five people to a gathering.
Any individuals traveling into New Mexico from a ‘high risk state’ in which the test positivity rate exceeds five percent are required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival.
With cases exceeding state targets for control of the virus, it is uncertain how much longer restrictions will continue to be necessary. Citizens are asked to continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks and being vigilant about hand washing.