Monday, February 21, 2022

REPORT: New Mexico Governor Lifts State's Indoor Mask Mandate

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks following the end of New Mexico's annual legislative session on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Source: K-Fox TV

Published: February 17, 2022

By: Fallon Fischer, Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico on Thursday declared that the state's mask mandate for indoor public spaces has been lifted.

She made the surprise announcement at a news conference that followed the end of the 30-day legislative session.

She cited reduced COVID-19 risk and pulled off her mask.


While cases in New Mexico have been declining, state health officials said masks will still be required in hospitals and other congregate care settings such as nursing homes.

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Whitney Holland said individual schools will be able to decide whether they have a mask mandate or not.

“AFT New Mexico is communicating with our local leadership across New Mexico about this important upcoming local decision, and we encourage each of them to collaborate with their individual districts and all appropriate community stakeholders," said Holland. “Our union has always maintained the best decision making happens at the local level, and this announcement aligns with that belief."

Until now, New Mexico and Hawaii were the only states that had yet to set a date for lifting their mandates.

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