The Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau (FCVB) understands that local businesses are facing an unprecedented challenge, as the result of COVID-19. We are working closely with the City of Farmington, New Mexico Tourism Department, New Mexico Hospitality Association, and other partners to keep abreast of information and courses of action as they develop. We are also working to provide you with links to trusted resources and the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible. This page will continue to be updated as we work together to reopen businesses and manage our recovery.
The Farmington Museum and our visitor center are now open to the public noon to 5 pm on Sunday and 10 am to 5 pm Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). The FCVB team is available to assist you Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm, simply contact us by calling (505) 326-7602 or (800) 448-1240. If you are a Farmington business that has adjusted services or is offering special hours of operation please let us know so that we can help you get the word out! The FCVB will continue to share information about helpful resources, as it becomes available. The City of Farmington COVID-19 page will serve as the official local resource for COVID-19 information.
The New Mexico Society of Association Executives has released a COVID-Safe Certification program, the NM Safe Certified Program, for New Mexico businesses. The program provides training modules to help owners and managers prepare to operate in a COVID-positive world, along with technical assistance and resources to ensure a safe and responsible work environment for guests and employees. The program is now open. NM Safe Certified has an easy registration process and takes less than 1 hour to complete. This FREE statewide program offers training in many sectors and is often required by the State to conduct business at certain occupancy levels. If you would like additional information contact Tonya Stinson.
The cities of Aztec, Bloomfield, and Farmington, Town of Kirtland, and San Juan County applied for and have been awarded more than $3.9 million to be distributed to small businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses are eligible for funds from the governmental organization to which they are registered, on a first-come, first-serve basis and contingent upon eligibility. Businesses must hold a valid business registration or license to apply for funding and must have been in operation as of March 1, 2019.
How to Apply
Applying businesses must fill out a form, provide some basic information, and meet basic criteria to be eligible. The grants will be up to $5,000 to $10,000 per business, based on the number of full-time equivalent employees currently working. To qualify, businesses must be located in San Juan County New Mexico, Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington, or Kirtland, have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and have annual revenue of $2 million or less before the impact of the pandemic. Businesses with between one and ten employees may apply for up to $5,000 and businesses with 11 to 50 employees may apply for up to $10,000. Not-for-profit organizations that meet the criteria may also apply. Grant funds must be spent on eligible “Business Continuity” and/or “Business Redesign” expenses.
The Governor's Office has identified universal COVID-Safe Practices, CSPs, for all businesses to adhere to, but there are sector-specific CSPs that tourism businesses must also follow in order to comply with the public health order and offer service to guests in a safe and responsible manner. CSPs for each sector open at this time, are listed in the NM COVID-19 Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.
Additional Health & Safety Resources for Businesses
FDA Best Practices for Businesses During COVID - 19
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines Hospitality
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines Food Service
USTA Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of Travelers
The New Mexico Safe Promise was developed in response to the coronavirus and in conjunction with the safe reopening of businesses throughout the state of New Mexico, through practices aligned with the State Department of Health Ordinances and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Championed by the New Mexico Hospitality Association and led by the hospitality and tourism industry, the New Mexico Safe Promise campaign encourages all New Mexicans to individually “make the promise” to follow COVID-Safe Practices and proudly share their commitment with others.
Goals of the New Mexico Safe Promise
We’re all in this together. The FCVB invites every New Mexican to make a personal promise to follow COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) to make our beautiful state the safest place for our families, coworkers, and guests.
Employers Required to Report to NMEED
All employers are required to report positive COVID-19 cases that occur among their workforce to the New Mexico Environment Department within four hours of being notified of the case. Employers must notify the Environment Department by email at NMENV-OSHA@state.nm.us. If unable to email, the employer may report the case by phone at 505-476-8700 or by fax at 505-476-8734.
Through a partnership between the New Mexico Tourism Department and the Small Business Development Center, tourism businesses can now connect with one of seven business councilors who will help business owners navigate financial aid options for their business, identify specialized training solutions and adjust to shifts in regulatory and competitive environments for long-term success. Tourism business councilors are available for consultation 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Business owners can connect with a tourism business counselor online or by phone 505-300-2781.
The following entities are reliable resources for business assistance information and health and safety guidelines. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us. You can also contact Warren Unsicker, City of Farmington Director of Economic Development and ORII, for resource information and assistance.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Local Small Business Development Center
New Mexico Hospitality Association
New Mexico Restaurant Association
New Mexico Economic Development Department
United States Travel Association
The following entities are reliable resources for COVID-19 updates, local assistance, as well as opportunities to help others. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us.
Bonnie Dallas Senior Center
City of Farmington COVID-19 Updates
Economic Council Helping Others, Inc (ECHO)
Farmington Municipal Schools
San Juan United Way’s HELPLINE
Stay at Home Order
Farmington To Go and Delivery Options
Updates from Office of the Governor
Where to Help
The Farmington CVB maintains a list of the restaurants in Farmington. FCVB members have featured listings with photos, links, and personalized content. All local restaurants are encouraged to submit their information as this is a high traffic page. If you would like to add your business, or are interested in membership please contact our office.
The FCVB is managing a list of retailers, markets, and businesses that are open for full or limited services. While the guide is open to all Farmington businesses, FCVB members are noted with featured and expanded listings. The list is available in the Farmington Shopping Guide. Special hours for seniors, online storefronts, and virtual exercise classes are included in the guide. If you would like to add your business, please contact our office.