Ruidoso Visitors & 2nd Homeowners:
There are major restrictions in effect Monday, Nov. 16, through Monday, Nov. 30.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials just announced the state will temporarily re-enact a statewide order closing in-person services for all non-essential activities in order to blunt the unprecedented spike of COVID-19 illnesses and to attempt to relieve dramatically escalating strain on hospitals and health care providers across the state.
If you decide you are coming to visit us between November 16th and November 30th please come more prepared than normal. Many stores, some restaurants and services will not be open. Bring more groceries and supplies than normal. Even grocery stores are restricted to no more than 75 people in the store at a time.
It may help to look at what people are doing in town so take a look at the Midtown camera: Webcams
The 14 day quarantine is in effect. You can look this over for more info: cv.nmhealth.org
The 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors does not mean you must stay here 14 days. It means that you are not supposed to be in any public setting for 14 days of the date of your arrival. Click here to see which states are restricted states.
Face masks are required in public.
Lodging is open but operating at only 25% capacity. Lodging that has not completed the NM Safe Certified program are closed. Check with your lodging establishment before you leave home to confirm your reservation.
The limits for gatherings of persons is only 5.
The Inn of the Mountain Gods casino, Casino Apache and the golf course are open. The reservation is not ruled by the governor but restrictions are in place. Masks are required. Click here for details of what is open/closed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
The order includes closing all outdoor recreational facilities including golf courses.
The Spencer Theater has extended their closure.
Ski Apache opens December 17th. Restrictions will be in place but how good the ski season will be is probably more dependent upon Mother Nature than the Governor. This may not please the governor but the rest of us are brushing up on our snow dance moves. Click here for info.
Shopping will be closed except for business that are deemed essential. The governor is requiring that most everything, including grocery stores, must close by 10pm.
Dining is back to curbside and delivery only. Bars are closed.
Currently, state parks and museums will be closed. Fort Stanton and the Town of Lincoln are closed but still worth the drive to walk around and see them.
The local lakes are not state parks. Effective immediately and until further notice, Grindstone Lake and Alto Lake are only open to Lincoln County residents and property owners within Lincoln County. Reservations will still be required by Lincoln County residents and property owners on Saturdays and Sundays and can be made online - https://secure.rec1.com/NM/villiage-of-ruidoso-nm/catalog Bonito Lake is still closed but that is due to the Little Bear Fire from several years ago and has nothing to do with Covid.
RV parks are open at least at some capacity. Fee based campgrounds are closed but the remote camping areas are open such as the camping areas past Bonito Lake. Hiking trails are open. Campfires are allowed. For more info about camping and hiking call the Smokey Bear Ranger Station 575-257-4095.
For more information visit this website, https://www.ruidoso-nm.gov/coronavirus-covid-19. You may also try to call the Visitor Center at 575-257-7395. The Ruidoso.net Facebook page also has information as it comes available.
Advice: When you cross the state line into New Mexico drive the speed limit. Don't worry about the federal check points. They are not enforcing the state regulations. There have been no reports (zero) of anyone being forced to turn around or fined for being in NM, but, if stopped for speeding, you will probably get a ticket and may have to have a conversation with a law enforcement officer you could have easily avoided.
Obviously, some people are ignoring the quarantine order while others are choosing to delay their vacations until times are better. In making your decision please be careful to keep safety and health for yourself and those in our community in the forefront of your decision making.
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