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N.M. restaurants to open for patio seating

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Restaurants in New Mexico can open for limited patio services beginning Wednesday (May 27),  according to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

The governor released an amendment to her public health order, which will allow restaurants to operate patio and outdoor seated service for up to 50 percent of the allowed occupancy of the seating area. 

“Our priority throughout this public health crisis has been the safety and health and well-being of New Mexicans, and this modification of the emergency public health order aligns with that mandate while providing an opportunity for restaurants to begin preparing for a wider reopening next week,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

The order continues to prohibit indoor seating. 

Under the amended order, outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart from each other and no more than six people may be seated at a table. 

No bar seating is allowed at this time and bars are not yet allowed to open. 

The governor’s press release said New Mexico is on track for a June 1 opening of several businesses. 

The order to open outdoor patio seating does not apply to the northwest corner of New Mexico, including  the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, due to the number of coronavirus cases occurring in the region.

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