COVID-19 Information for New Mexico Travelers
The health and safety of Farmington's residents and visitors is our highest priority. This page is regularly updated to provide travelers information regarding current public health orders. The New Mexico Public Health Order was most recently updated on December 30, 2020. A three-phase county-by-county framework has been implemented that will permit counties to operate within various stages of restriction, as health metrics are met. Farmington, within San Juan County, is currently in the red level (COVID-19 case incident rate of greater than 8 cases per 100,000). This level will be in place through at least January 13, 2021. Updates are made every two weeks.
Guidelines for all Travelers
Anyone traveling into, through, or out of New Mexico must comply with the NMDOH travel guidelines and restrictions. While our office and visitor center is closed at this time, our team is available to assist you. If you have travel questions, please contact us via email or direct message us on Facebook at Visit Farmington. Those traveling to New Mexico are asked to please follow safety guidelines and restrictions. Terms of the New Mexico Public Health Order and Navajo Nation Executive Order most relevant to travelers are listed below.
- 14 - Day Visitor Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine
Visit NMDH for the list of high/low risks states. You may also call 1-833-551-0518 for further clarification on these mandates.
- Visitors from high-risk states: Individuals arriving from states with a COVID-test positivity rate exceeding 5% and a test positivity rate higher than 80 per 100,000 residents are asked to self-quarantine for a period of no less than 14 days or for the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. Individuals who are quarantined may leave the residence or place of lodging only for the purposes of medical care. Non-compliant individuals are subject to involuntary quarantine by the New Mexico Department of Health under the Public Health Emergency Response Act.
- Visitors from low-risk states: Individuals from a state with a COVID-positivity rate of less than 5% and a new case rate equal to or less than 80 per 1 million residents are NOT required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon entering the state.
- Business/essential travel: Travelers in the state of New Mexico for business or essential purposes are exempt from the 14-day quarantine.
- Masks/face coverings are required when in public, with a $100 fine for a violation
- Businesses must require customers to wear face coverings
- Mass gatherings (groups of more than 5 people, 10 cars) and in-person events/meetings are prohibited
- Close contact indoor recreation/entertainment facilities (such as movie theaters, casinos, horse racing facilities, and museums with interactive exhibits) are closed
- Essential businesses must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
- Outdoor recreational centers, golf courses, tennis courts may open at 25% occupancy
- New Mexico State Parks are open to residents for day use
- Essential retail providers are open at 25% of max occupancy
- Hotels, motels, and RV parks can operate at 40% occupancy if NM Safe Certified, five (5) guests maximum for vacation rentals
- Lodging properties that are not NM Safe Certified operate at 25%
- Outdoor dining allowed at 25% of maximum occupancy, establishments serving alcohol must close at 9:00 pm
- Close-contact businesses are open at 25% of maximum occupancy or 10 customers at one time, whichever is smaller
- Houses of worship may operate at 25% of max occupancy
- Stay at Home Order in place for the Navajo Nation only essential businesses will be allowed to operate during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (MST) daily – weekdays and weekends through January 30, 2021. All essential businesses including gas stations, grocery stores, laundromats, and restaurants and food establishments are required to ensure employees and customers wear masks, practice social distancing, disinfect high-touch surfaces, access to handwash stations, sanitizers, and gloves, and limit the number of customers in any enclosed areas. Restaurants and food establishments must operate on a curbside or drive-thru basis only.
- The fine for breaking the Navajo Nation order is $1,000
- All Navajo Parks and Monuments are closed, travelers are asked not to visit at this time
- The Navajo Department of Health has ordered that while in public, all individuals (over age 2) must wear a mask
As this virus, and the country’s response to COVID-19, is a constantly and rapidly evolving situation, please visit the City of Farmington information pages, as well as the State of New Mexico's COVID-19 information page to learn more. We also recommend that you refer to the CDC's Coronavirus and Travel Information page.
If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health at (505) 827-0006. Please visit the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 website for details on indications and symptoms: http://cv.nmhealth.org/. For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at (855) 600-3453.
Make the New Mexico Safe Promise
You can help keep New Mexico and all of its residents and guests safe by making the New Mexico Safe Promise. The New Mexico Safe Promise initiative, presented by the New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA), invites all New Mexicans and visitors to make a personal commitment to follow COVID-19 Safe Practices to help make New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, and customers. To make the New Mexico Safe Promise, visit NMSafePromise.org.
Planning Your Trip
We can't wait to welcome you - when the time for travel is right! The Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is continually monitoring the situation and has been, and continues to be, in close communication with City and State officials during this time. Our team is available to assist you with your trip planning. Please contact our staff via email or on Facebook at Visit Farmington. We also recommend ordering, viewing, or downloading our 2020 Vacation Guide.
This page will be updated as changes occur and mandates issued.