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New Mexico Institutes 14-Day Quarantine for All Travelers

The state of New Mexico is now enforcing mandatory self-quarantine for out-of-state travelers coming to the state

According to news reports from multiple news outlets in the American Southwest and the New Mexico Department of Health, the state of New Mexico is now enforcing mandatory self-quarantine for out-of-state travelers coming to the state, whether by air or vehicle. It also applies to New Mexico residents who leave the state and then return. There are a few specific exemptions for essential workers. Leisure travelers (including personal trips via automobile or RV) are subject to the quarantine, which is to last 14 days, or for the duration of one’s time in New Mexico, whichever is shorter.

If you plan to drive through New Mexico, you must self-quarantine for the duration of your time in the state, even if you enter and leave the state on the same day. If you stay from one to 14 nights in the state, you must self-quarantine for the entire time you’re there. On and after your 15th consecutive day in New Mexico, you are no longer quarantined. 

In addition, face coverings are required for all visitors and residents in New Mexico. The only exceptions are when drinking, eating, exercising, or under medical instruction. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that police will “aggressively” enforce mask-wearing, issuing $100 citations to those who don’t wear them. Businesses whose employees don’t wear them will be charged with a misdemeanor and also will be fined $100.

If your travel plans include visiting New Mexico, be aware that for your first 14 days in the state you may not leave your RV for the first 14 days you are in the state. You may want to modify your travel route to avoid New Mexico, and also avoid Arizona, which now ranks 8th among all US States in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. While we are unaware of any quarantine requirements for RV travelers entering Arizona, the State Health Department is “strongly recommending” 6-foot social distancing and use of face masks.

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