New Mexico adds turquoise to the Covid color map

Counties who have a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than eight cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent four-week period and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent four-week period less than or equal to five percent will now be in the Turquoise Level.

Those businesses that had been listed as close-contact recreational facilities will now be broken into three categories: large entertainment venues, recreational facilities and bars and clubs. Large entertainment venues and recreational facilities will be allowed to reopen for outdoor use with capacity limits under the yellow tier. Bars and clubs can reopen at 25% capacity outdoors under the green tier.

On Wednesday, the state also updated its statewide COVID-19 map with 19 counties at the Yellow Level and six at the Green Level and four counties reaching the new Turquoise Level.

Counties that are now in the Green Level are De Baca, Los Alamos, Mora, Quay, Taos and Torrance.

Counties that are in the Yellow Level are Bernalillo, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Socorro and Valencia.

In addition, 4 counties have met the new Turquoise Level and those counties include Catron, Harding, Sierra and Union.

On Wednesday Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a new Public Health Order adding a new “Turquoise Level” to the Red to Green framework and includes changes to businesses previously categorized as “close contact recreational facilities.

The new less restrictive “Turquoise Level” allows all businesses to operate with minimal occupancy limits.

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