COVID-19 Shutdown For New Mexico
Coronavirus particle, illustration. Different strains of coronavirus are responsible for diseases such as the common cold, gastroenteritis and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). A new coronavirus (2019-CoV) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus causes a mild respiratory illness that can develop into pneumonia and be fatal in some cases. The coronaviruses take their name from their crown (corona) of surface proteins, which are used to attach and penetrate their host cells. Once inside the cells, the particles use the cells' machinery to make more copies of the virus.

The state of New Mexico is going into shutdown starting  Monday, November 16th  and the heightened restrictions statewide are effective through Monday, November 30th.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Friday that New Mexicans are instructed to stay at home except for only those trips that are essential to health, safety, and welfare – such as for food and water, emergency medical care, to obtain a flu shot, or to obtain a test for COVID-19.

In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and to stop the strain on hospitals and health care providers.

Essential businesses – such as grocery stores, pharmacies, shelters, child care facilities, gas stations, infrastructure operations, and others – must minimize operations and in-person staffing to the greatest extent possible but may remain open for limited essential in-person activities. A complete list of categories of businesses defined as essential is included in the public health order and at the bottom of this news release.

Food and drink establishments may provide curbside pickup and delivery services; on-site dining is prohibited.


For information about COVID-19 testing and other public health information, call the Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453. You may also visit for general COVID-19 information and for COVID-19 testing information.

For mental health and behavioral health assistance, call 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474) or visit

For assistance with COVID-19 health insurance questions and issues, to obtain health insurance, to obtain help if you have been denied coverage or inappropriately charged for COVID-19 testing or treatment, call the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance COVID-19 health insurance call center at 1-833-415-0566 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For information about unemployment, visit and

To apply online for medical assistance (Medicaid), food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF) and energy assistance (LIHEAP) visit

To report a violation of the state’s emergency public health order, visit the reporting portal on or email [email protected]

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