Covid-19 Information

Ruidoso Visitors & 2nd Homeowners:

The NM Governor has implemented a Red/Yellow/Green/Turquoise 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 Turquoise.  

About face masks: New Mexico is now following the CDC’s updated guidance on facemasks for those who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask. All individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated are still required to wear a mask in public settings. However, some businesses may continue to require masks for employees and/or customers, regardless of vaccination status.   

Remember, the Inn of the Mountain Gods and Ski Apache are not regulated by the Governor.  

These are the Turquoise restrictions:

Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

Essential retail spaces: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor).

Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining.

Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces.

Large entertainment venues: 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises.

Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises.

Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable.

**All other businesses: 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces.

Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 75% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises.

Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons, or 200 vehicles.

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 Inn of the Mountain Gods casino, Casino Apache and the golf course are open.  Masks are required. Click here for details of what is open/closed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods

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.

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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.

 

 

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For those that enjoy reading about the other restrictions, the following is the information on the RED and YELLOW & Turquoise categories:


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.

 

Outdoor Recreational Facilities: 33% 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%.