(CBS4) — New Mexico is now enforcing mandatory self-quarantine for most out-of-state travelers coming to the state, whether by air or vehicle. The mandatory self-quarantine is to last 14 days or the length of stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter.

The public health order includes the following exemptions to the 14-day self-quarantine requirement:

  • airline employees on travel for work
  • individuals performing public safety or public health functions
  • emergency first responders
  • health care workers
  • military personnel
  • individuals employed by a federal agency or a national defense contractor
  • individuals arriving to New Mexico pursuant to a court order
  • individuals traveling to New Mexico to conduct business activities

Face coverings are required for all visitors and residents in New Mexico. The only exceptions are when drinking, eating, exercising, or under medical instruction. The state will increase enforcement of the face covering requirement, which may include a $100 fine for those in violation of the mandate.

Organ Mountains in Las Cruces, NM (credit: iStock/Getty Images)

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Department of Health.

Comments (3)
  1. Enter Name Here says:

    I just visited and stayed in multiple cities, multiple hotels; saw plenty of tourist attractions. I stayed in Arizona and Nevada to bookend my time in New Mexico. I definitely did not self quarantine. Good luck with this. . . .

  2. Jay says:

    Yeah, i am just there with my family doing personal business, I am selling a shirt on craigslist. No way to enforce this especially if they drive into the state.

  3. Absolutely insane — between murdering tourists and locking them down for two weeks, I may postpone my visit to New Mexico indefinitely. Deaths from COVID-19 in New Mexico have been decreasing — positive test results are not the same as symptomatic cases, hospitalizations, or deaths. There is no justification for this order.

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