BY RYN HERRMANN
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce
As of today, Los Alamos County has moved into the “GREEN” level on the New Mexico Department of Health Dashboard.
Los Alamos County has a current case rate of 6.4 per 100,000 and an average test positivity rate of 1.30% during the most recent two-week period (both metrics have come down). The state updates a map that shows each county’s designation every other Wednesday, based on case rates and test results over the most recent 14-day period. The next update will be on March 10. Definitions and details are included below for reference.
- Red: Case rate of greater than 8 cases per 100,000 AND an average test positivity rate greater than 5%.
- Yellow: Case rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 OR average test positivity rate less than or equal to 5%.
- Green: Case rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 AND average test positivity rate less than or equal to 5%.
GREEN level restrictions:Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
Essential retail spaces: 50% of maximum capacity
Food and drink establishments: 50% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
Close-contact businesses: 50% of maximum capacity
Outdoor recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity (unless required to have less capacity under the state’s COVID-Safe Practices)
Close-contact recreational facilities: Remain closed
All other businesses: 50% of maximum capacity
Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
Places of lodging: 75% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 40% of maximum occupancy for all others; 10 guests maximum for vacation rentals
Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons, 120 vehicles