Governor announces return to statewide mask mandate

Governor announces return to statewide mask mandate

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has re-implemented a statewide indoor mask mandate, effective Friday, Aug. 20.

Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Gov. Lujan Grisham also announced the state will issue a vaccine requirement for all workers in certain close-contact congregate settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, juvenile justice facilities, rehabilitation facilities and state correctional facilities.

Additionally, the state issued a requirement that all workers at private, public and charter schools in New Mexico either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to testing on a weekly basis, in line with the state’s requirement for all state government personnel.

The new mandates were issued as Covid cases continue to rise in the state. At a press conference Tuesday, Acting Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase said that “basically every case” of COVID-19 in New Mexico right now is the Delta variant, and again warned that current trends continue to mimic trends seen just before a surge in cases at the end of 2020.

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