The mandate for inside masks in New Mexico has been prolonged to October 15

According to the Public Health Ordinance, the mask requirement applies to all persons aged 2 and over in all indoor public spaces – except when eating or drinking. State officials said corporations, places of worship, and other institutions could enact stricter requirements at their own discretion.

The state reported a decrease in the seven-day average COVID-19 test positive rate from 9% on August 16 to 6.5% on September 14. However, nationwide hospital admissions have remained stable over the past month and hospital beds are in short supply.

The governor can remove or add to the requirement as needed, depending on analysis from the state health authorities and medical advisory team. The mandate applies regardless of the vaccination status and with a few exceptions.

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