New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate extended through Nov. 12

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate will be extended again, through at least Nov. 12, according to the governor’s office.

The indoor mask mandate was reimplemented Aug. 20.

Under the public health order, the mask requirement applies to all individuals age 2 and older in all indoor public settings – except when eating or drinking. State officials said businesses, houses of worship and other entities may enact stricter requirements at their discretion.

The governor may decide to extend or lift the mask requirement, as necessary, depending on the analysis of the state Medical Advisory Team and state health officials. The mandate is in effect regardless of vaccination status and with limited exceptions.

The NMDOH on Thursday reported 20 new COVID-19 deaths and 879 new cases. As of Thursday, more than 4,900 New Mexicans have been killed by the virus.