New Mexico’s governor is allowing most businesses in the state to reopen starting on May 16, but only at 25 percent capacity.
“Anybody who sells goods or services can now open [Saturday],” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said at a news conference Wednesday.
The governor’s reopening order does not include salons, gyms, malls and dine-in service at restaurants. It also does not apply to three counties in the northwestern part of the state that are considered a “hotspot” for coronavirus.
Houses of worship must limit their gatherings to 10% of normal capacity.
At the same time, New Mexico is requiring face coverings for anyone in public places. Exceptions are given only for eating, drinking, exercise and medical requirements.
The governor indicated that they plan to enforce the mask requirement only through “peer pressure,” but encouraged people to take the order seriously.
“Is it possible that a first responder or police officer might bark at you [for not wearing a mask]? It is, because it saves lives,” Lujan Grisham said.