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Covid-19 Information

Ruidoso Visitors & 2nd Homeowners:

The mandatory quarantine for out of state visitors is NO LONGER REQUIRED. The governor suggests that you self-quarantine and that you get a Covid test upon arrival. 

Lincoln County is now in Yellow status as of February 24th.  Indoor dining is now allowed at 25% capacity. 

The NM Governor has implemented a Red/Yellow/Green county-by-county framework that will permit counties to operate under less restrictive public health measures when health metrics demonstrating the extent of the spread of the virus and test positivity within those counties are met.

Ruidoso and Lincoln County are classified as Yellow.  

Face masks are required in all public places.  

Remember, the Inn of the Mountain Gods and Ski Apache are not regulated by the Governor. Ski Apache info is below the Red/Yellow/Green info and it is a must-read if you plan to ski. 

YELLOW
Counties at the yellow level are those with either a new COVID-19 case incident rate of no greater than eight (8) cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period or an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

Essential Retail: 33% of maximum occupancy.

Food & Drink Establishments: Indoor dining allowed at 25% of maximum occupancy, outdoor dining allowed at 75% of maximum occupancy. Mandatory 10pm closing time for businesses that serve alcohol.

Places of Lodging: 60% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed the NM Safe Certified program, 25% for establishments that have not completed the program, five (5) guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Essential Businesses: no capacity restrictions but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

Mass Gatherings Limit: ten (10) persons, 25 vehicles

Close-Contact Businesses: 33% of maximum occupancy.

Outdoor Recreational Facilities: 33% of maximum occupancy.

Close-Contact Recreational Facilities: closed still.

Houses of Worship: 33% of maximum occupancy.

All Other Businesses, Including Non-Essential Retail Stores: 33% of maximum occupancy.

GREEN
Counties at the green level are those with both a new COVID-19 case incident rate of no greater than eight (8) cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

Essential Retail: 50% of maximum occupancy or 125 customers, whichever is smaller
Food & Drink Establishments: Indoor dining allowed at 50% of maximum occupancy, outdoor dining allowed at 75% of maximum occupancy
Places of Lodging: 75% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed the NM Safe Certified program, 40% for establishments that have not completed the program, ten (10) guests maximum for vacation rentals
Essential Businesses: must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
Mass Gatherings Limit: 20 persons, 100 vehicles
Close-Contact Businesses: 50% of maximum occupancy
Outdoor Recreational Facilities: 50% of maximum occupancy
Close-Contact Recreational Facilities: remain closed
Houses of Worship: 50% of maximum occupancy
All Other Businesses, Including Non-Essential Retail Stores: 50% of maximum occupancy

RED
Counties at the red level are those with a new COVID-19 case incident rate of greater than eight (8) cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period greater than 5%.

Essential Retail: 25% of maximum occupancy or 75 customers, whichever is smaller

Food & Drink Establishments: No indoor dining, outdoor dining allowed at 25% of maximum occupancy, establishments serving alcohol must close at 9:00 pm. Note: many local restaurants are doing a nice job with heated patio dining even when it's cold outside so plan to enjoy dinner in town. 

Places of Lodging: 40% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed the NM Safe Certified program, 25% for establishments that have not completed the program, five (5) guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Essential Businesses: must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

Note: Once you are here things feel essentially pretty darn normal in spite of all of these scary words.

Mass Gatherings Limit: five (5) persons, ten (10) vehicles. (No, this does not make sense.)

Close-Contact Businesses: 25% of maximum occupancy or 10 customers at one time, whichever is smaller.

Outdoor Recreational Facilities: 25% of maximum occupancy

Close-Contact Recreational Facilities: remain closed.

Houses of Worship: 25% maximum occupancy. 

All Other Businesses, Including Non-Essential Retail Stores: 25% of maximum occupancy or 75 customers at one time, whichever is smaller. Note: It's seldom to never that you will see any lines outside of any stores.


The county-by-county status and information will be updated every two weeks. When a county moves to a less restrictive level, it may begin operating at that level immediately upon the update to the map. If a county moves back to a more restrictive level, it will begin operating at that level of restriction within 48 hours after the update to the map. View the map here.

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 order is no longer required.  

The Inn of the Mountain Gods casino, Casino Apache and the golf course are open. Even indoor dining is open when on the reservation. Masks are required. Click here for details of what is open/closed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Ski Apache is open. Do not go skiing without reading this information. Reservations and online purchase of lift tickets are required. Click here for info.  Click here for reservations.

Many of the RV parks are open. Hiking trails are open.  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.   

 

For non Covid Visitor information click here. To view the Visitors' Guide click here.