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COVID Safe Practices for ALL EMPLOYERS

Our businesses leaders have shown great determination and leadership in the face of the extraordinary hardship caused by COVID-19. As the economy reopens, we are asking for your help to ensure all New Mexicans—your customers, employees, and families—take precautions to remain safe when entering a place of business. Please help us set the highest standards for living with COVID-19 by enacting these requirements and additional best practices.


  • Limit operations to remote work to the greatest extent possible.
  • Arrange workplace to provide for 6 feet of distance between individuals wherever possible.
  • Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate wherever possible or modify them to minimize contact.
  • Provide for all meetings to take place remotely whenever possible.
  • Ensure all employees have face coverings or masks and wear them in the workplace at all times when    in the presence of others, except when eating, drinking or swimming, or unless otherwise advised by   a health care provider.
  • Train all employees on daily cleaning and disinfecting protocol, hygiene, and respiratory etiquette (e.g., covering coughs).
  • Make handwashing, sanitizer, and other hygiene support available to employees.
    Note: the use of gloves is not a substitute for frequent handwashing.
  • Screen employees before they enter the workplace each day (verbally or with a written form or text- based or other app). Send employees home who are experiencing the following COVID-19 symptoms related to COVID-19 and direct them to obtain free testing through the Department of Health.
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Loss of taste or smell
  • Prohibit employees with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until authorized by the Department of Health.
  • Minimize non-essential travel. Adhere to CDC guidelines and state orders regarding isolation following out-of-state travel.
  • Employees working in occupational congregate settings in which employees temporarily and/or intermittently reside in a communal environment (e.g., firehouses, shelters, and correctional facilities) must wear masks at all times unless eating, drinking, or sleeping.
  • Adhere to all CDC and OSHA guidelines.

Best Practices

  • Develop a COVID-19 communication plan and provide a forum for answering employee questions and addressing concerns.
  • Appoint a COVID-Safe Practice leader or team to enact safe practices in the workplace.
  • Review employee leave policies and modify as needed to ensure compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • Consider assigning vulnerable workers duties that minimize their contact with customers and other employees (e.g., managing inventory rather than working as a cashier, managing administrative needs through telework).
  • To support contract tracing, offer all customers who visit the establishment with the opportunity to record their name and phone number or email address, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for no less than four weeks from the date of collection.
  • Follow all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) preventative maintenance as required by the manufacturer on prescribed schedules. When possible, consult with an HVAC engineer to improve ventilation and minimize the potential for worker exposure.

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