Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham followed Centers for Disease control guidelines and lifted the state mask mandate for full vaccinated New Mexicans on Friday (May 14).
Following CDC orders, fully vaccinated people – defined as two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – will now be able to drop the masks in most indoor and outdoor settings.
However, unvaccinated individuals or those who have not yet received the second dose are still required to wear face coverings in all public areas. Masks are still required for all individuals in public settings like airports, buses, and healthcare facilities.
The Governor’s office said in a press release that COVID-safe practices like social distancing are still highly encouraged, and that individual businesses are still able to require masks for their customers, regardless of their vaccination status.
“Getting vaccinated is the ticket to a safe and healthy COVID-free future,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in the press release. “We are close and getting closer. But that all depends on New Mexicans continuing to protect themselves and their community by getting vaccinated – please find vaccines near you at vaccineNM.org and get your shot!”
“Unvaccinated individuals remain at risk of contracting and spreading the virus; over 99 percent of new COVID-19 cases nationwide are among the unvaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Tracie Collins, M.D. “Please schedule your shot today at vaccineNM.org and protect yourself and your loved ones.”
The Governor has previously said that when the state reaches a 60 percent vaccination rate, the state will open up more fully. At the time of publication, approximately 51 percent of New Mexicans were fully vaccinated.