Gov. Lujan Grisham announces immediate end to New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate

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SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state’s mask mandate has been lifted, effective immediately.

The governor made the announcement during a Thursday afternoon news conference to discuss the end of the state’s legislative session. She even had a ceremonial removal of the masks with other lawmakers at the Roundhouse.

The mandate will be lifted for schools and daycares, leaving the decision up to individual districts and daycares. A mandate will remain in place at hospitals, nursing homes and detention facilities.

Albuquerque Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools announced face masks will be optional for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

State health officials announced earlier this month the mandate was extended through March 4. The mask mandate was lifted last July for vaccinated individuals. The mandate was reinstated just over a month later – Aug. 20 – after the surge of the delta variant.

The number of hospitalized New Mexicans has dropped by 37% since the end of January. State officials said the state’s crisis standards of care declaration will expire March 11, as there has been a significant drop in hospitalizations that has increased the availability of resources at New Mexico hospitals.