Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham eases restrictions in amended public health order

Restaurants; hotels can operate at 50% maximum capacity beginning June 1

On Thursday, May 28, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the details of the amended public health order that is set to take effect June 1, which includes several updates to the tourism sector.

Some of the key updates:

  • Restaurants can offer indoor dine-in service at 50% maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices
  • Hotels can operate at 50% maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices
  • Drive-in theaters permitted to operate with COVID-Safe Practices in place
  • Nine more state parks will open for day-use beginning May 30 with five more state parks opening for day-use beginning June 1. (click here for more info)
  • Hair salons, nail salons, massage services, and related services may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices
  • Gyms may operate at 50% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices
  • Indoor malls may open at 25% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices
  • 14-day self-quarantine order for airport arrivals amended to permit certain business travel


Sandoval County is home to some of the Southwest’s most beautiful settings and culturally diverse communities. Due to mandatory quarantine, we understand that our out-of-state guests can’t visit right now, but know that we’re thinking of you.

To our New Mexican family, friends and neighbors – a kind reminder – Be safe, try to avoid large crowds, keep your gatherings small and intimate. And whenever you can, please wear PPE that fits the situation. If you’re heading into the magnificent outdoor spaces of New Mexico, remember to be kind to our fragile ecosystem so that it will be here for future generations.

Check out these 10 Guiding Principles for getting Outdoors this Holiday!

State Parks Updates in Accordance with Public Health Order

New Mexico's landscapes are beautiful—please do your part to protect our outdoor spaces for future generations. When you spend time outside, take your trash with you. #NewMexicoTrue #NMTrue

We’re all in this together. We invite every New Mexican to make a personal promise to follow COVID-Safe Practice (CSPs) to make our beautiful state the safest place for our families, coworkers, and guests.

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Sandoval County

Sandoval County. Home to nearly 3,700 square miles of culture, tradition and expansion. From the 4oo-year old promise of the Las Fiesta de San Lorenzo, to the awe inspiring traditions of the Jemez Native Americans - our historical roots run deep and true. .



This rural village sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, nestled tightly between the first and third largest cities in New Mexico. Despite the metropolis surrounding it Corrales maintains a lifestyle that is slower and quieter. And the attributes of a small farming community still thrive, with a popular growers market, horseback riding, and quaint village shops and restaurants. #NewMexicoTRUE

Tent Rocks

This national monument offers a relatively easy hike to a surprisingly stunning overlook. The tent rocks are cones of volcanic material worn into their unusual shapes over eons. And the trip to the top includes a slot canyon and multiple stops you will have to make to pull out your camera. #NewMexicoTRUE


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To Sandoval Businesses

We’re With You!

Now more than ever, the success of our Sandoval County businesses is of the utmost importance to us and we want to help you weather the storm until we can see brighter days ahead.

Below is a link to a quick guide giving you easy information about how to apply to SBA for a plethora of loans and grants. We’ve also included easy to understand information about Local and Federal grants.

If you need further assistance please feel free to reach out to Sandoval County Economic Development or Rio Rancho Economic Development.


Experiences Abound in Sandoval County

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From historical and cultural sites to unique experiences, Expanses of beautiful wilderness and peaceful lakes. Sandoval County is a Playground of New Mexican wonders.

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