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msn.com 15 Sep, 2021 19:30 am

New Mexico extends indoor face mask requirement

The statewide requirement that face masks be worn in all indoor public spaces, with only limited exceptions and regardless of vaccination status, will be extended, the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday. The extended mask requirement is effective through at least October 15. Lujan Grisham authorized the reimplementation of the mask requirement last month in an effort to stem the state’s rising tide of COVID-19 infections...

The extended mask requirement is effective through at least October 15.Lujan Grisham authorized the reimplementation of the mask requirement last month in an effort to stem the state’s rising tide of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.The mask requirement applies to all individuals aged 2 and older in all indoor public settings -- except when eating or drinking.” RELATED: Face masks required indoors, recommended outdoor for events in New Mexico schools The separate public health order requiring health care workers to be vaccinated and vaccinate-or-test requirements for school workers remains in place.

Despite New Mexico’s status as one of the nation’s leaders in vaccination rates, around 30 percent of eligible New Mexicans are not yet fully unvaccinated.The second public health order, originally implemented last month, still requires all workers in New Mexico hospitals and congregate care facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with only limited exceptions, and also requires school workers who are not yet fully vaccinated to be tested for COVID-19 once a week.

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