Mora moves to ‘green’ as San Miguel remains in the ‘yellow’

Mora moves to ‘green’ as San Miguel remains in the ‘yellow’

From the Las Vegas Optic

Mora County moved to the “green” level of the state’s color-coded COVID-19 mapping system Wednesday, while San Miguel County will stay at the “yellow” level.

Mora’s move from yellow to green means businesses and churches will be allowed to operate with fewer restrictions, while those in San Miguel County will continue to operate under the same restrictions they have for the past two weeks.

At the green level, essential retail business can now operate at 50 percent of maximum capacity, and NM Safe Certified restaurants can operate at 50 percent of maximum capacity for indoor dining, and 75 percent of maximum capacity outdoors. Bars and clubs are limited to 25 percent of maximum outdoor capacity, but indoor service is still not allowed. Religious services cannot exceed 50 percent of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises.

Joining Mora at the green level are De Baca, Los Alamos, Quay, Taos and Torrance counties.

For San Miguel County, businesses and churches can continue to operate with the same restrictions as the last two-week period, which includes retail businesses operating at 33 percent of maximum capacity, and NM Safe Certified restaurants operating at 25 percent capacity for indoor dining, and 75 percent capacity outdoors.

Any establishment that serves alcohol must close by 10 p.m. each night. Religious services cannot exceed 33 percent of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises.

Nearby counties that are also operating under the yellow level are Santa Fe, Guadalupe and Bernalillo.

The state has also added a new “turquoise” level that allows for even fewer restrictions for counties that meet the criteria.

Four counties have moved to the new turquoise level: Catron, Harding, Sierra and Union. The new low-risk category allows most businesses and churches to operate at 75 percent capacity, and allows for mass gatherings of up to 150 people at a time. Recreational facilities, bars and clubs are allowed a slight increase in capacity limits under the turquoise level as well.

The New Mexico Department of Health updates the county-by-county map every two weeks based on test positivity rates and per-capita case rates. To enter the new turquoise level — the state’s lowest risk category — counties must first reach the green level and maintain green for a four-week period.

“I know New Mexicans are tired of COVID-19 — I am too,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “We can and we must keep making safe choices in our day-to-day lives. We can introduce a little more risk, based on our progress, and start to feel a little bit closer to normal — but only if we keep making those safe choices to protect our families and one another.”