New Mexico introduces a “red-green” system that will allow the counties to reopen

The governor on Monday will amend the public health order, which includes the new system. However, the new system will only start on Wednesday.

The counties will operate at one of three levels: Red, which is a very high risk; Yellow, high risk; and green, which is a medium risk.

The map is updated every Wednesday.

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The map will measure several key indicators, including state gating criteria, per capita incidence of new COVID-19 cases, and average COVID-19 test positivity over a statistically meaningful period of time.

According to the state, the same indicators are used to classify counties to measure the level of risk of limited public school reopenings and limited home visits by the elderly.

On Friday, November 27, 32 of the state’s 33 counties are at the red level.

At this level, almost any category of business or nonprofit can operate – but with limited capacity and reduced operations.

Regardless of the county level, the following requirements remain nationwide:

  • Masks should be worn in public.
  • Businesses that experience a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases in the workforce over a two-week period are temporarily closed by the Department of Health. •
  • A basic enterprise may continue to operate if the Ministry of Health and the Environment determines, in the light of geographical considerations, that the enterprise is a necessary supplier of goods within the community.
  • Businesses that test all employees every two weeks and regularly provide contact training data to the Department of the Environment cannot be closed under this framework. This only applies to food and beverage establishments; closely related businesses; accommodation; business premises; and other businesses that are regularly visited by members of the public. • The closure process starts when four or more quick responses occur within a 14-day period.
  • Businesses and nonprofits must adhere to the state’s COVID-safe practices.

Click here to read what can be reopened if a county falls into the red, yellow, or green category