FAQ’s- NM Public Health Order


Q: When can I leave my house?

A: You may leave your home for these reasons:

  • If you work for an “essential business”
  • If your job is part of essential government services that cannot be conducted through telework (the latest order does not change this)
  • To conduct “necessary activities” – obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor, purchasing necessary supplies such as groceries and personal hygiene products, picking up educational supplies from your child’s school or providing necessary care and supplies to family members in another household.
  • You may leave your house to take a walk, or jog, or to walk the dog. But you may not do these things in groups. And you should limit your time outside to only what is essential.

Q: What’s open?

A: Essential businesses and nonprofits, as defined in the order, will remain open. These include:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food providers: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, school meal distribution sites and restaurants (but only for delivery and take-out).
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Farms, ranches and other food cultivation operations
  • Essential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management services
  • Homeless shelters
  • Health care operations
  • Child care facilities necessary to provide services to workers employed by essential businesses and essential non-profit entities.
  • Utilities
  • Essential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management services
  • U.S. government and military installations
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The ful list is available here.

Q: Are there additional closings because of this order?

A: Yes. If a business does not fall under one of the “essential” categories, employees must either telework or it must suspend operations.

Q: The new order revises what’s considered a prohibited mass gathering. What’s the new rule?

A: This order defines a mass gathering as any public or private gathering that brings together five or more individuals in a single room or connected space or an outdoor space where people are within 6 feet of each other.

Q: Are there any exemptions to the 5-or-more rule?

A: Yes. If five or more people live together, they are exempt inside their residence. Also exempt are churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship.

Q: What’s closed?


  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention centers
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Casinos and horse-racing facilities
  • And more

Q: How long will this order be in place? 

A: This order is in place through 8 a.m. April 10, 2020, unless otherwise amended.

Q: What about government services?

A: This order does not change the status of state and local government operations. Previous orders exempted all persons necessary to maintain the operations of state and local governments. State government has already moved to a largely telework system; local government agencies are strongly encouraged to do the same.

Q: Is there a curfew associated with the order? 

A: No.

Source: NM Department of Health

Link: https://cv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations/?fbclid=IwAR31xIZEf8URZqvvasc2v56rdArucs3ykOktaJ7KHKf7b_hXeEpYfGAY2jU

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