Social Distancing & Travel Recommendations

Restrictions on Social Gatherings

On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All New Mexicans must immediately heed the instruction to stay home except as needed to maintain continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.

Travel Recommendations

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is committed to mitigating the widespread community transmission of COVID-19 by enforcing self-isolation for all persons travelling into New Mexico. This pertains to anyone travelling by airplane, public transportation, or vehicle.

All visitors are expected to comply with New Mexico masking and distancing guidelines while in our state, and would be subject to whatever rules exist in their state of residence when they go home. Read Executive Order Here.

Self Isolation & Self Quarantine

All persons who have arrived in New Mexico from a location outside of the State must self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. This requirement applies regardless of whether a person arrives via airplane, car, or other mode of transportation and regardless of whether the individual has a residence in the state of New Mexico.

If a traveller has or develops any respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) or diarrhea, fever, loss of taste/smell, they need to call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline at 855-600-3453 and press option 2.


Self-isolating or self-quarantine are the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health. Family or household members may visit an isolated or quarantined person, but those visitors are directed to then self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of no less than 14 days. All persons self-isolating or self-quarantining shall be responsible for all costs associated with the isolation or quarantine.


This order’s direction to self-quarantine does not apply to persons employed by airlines, those performing public safety or public health functions, military personnel, federal employees, those employed by a federal agency or national defense contractor, emergency first responders, health care workers, those arriving in the state pursuant to a Court order, and persons who are employed or contracted by an “essential business” as defined by the operative public health order addressing mass gathering restrictions and business closures, and who are traveling into new Mexico to conduct business activities.


Individuals who do not comply will be subject to involuntary isolation or quarantine by the New Mexico Department of Health under the Public Health Emergency Response Act.

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