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New Mexico governor sets mask mandate, requires vaccination


August 19, 2021

An electronic billboard warns about increasing COVID-19 cases as traffic passes Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in Rio Rancho, N.M. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday she would be reinstating a mask mandate for all public places regardless of vaccination status and requiring certain workers, including those at schools and medical facilities, to be vaccinated. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday she will be reinstating a mask mandate for all public indoor spaces in New Mexico as vaccination rates remain stagnant and infections increase.

Her latest public order also will require that more people get vaccinated, such as workers at hospitals, nursing homes, juvenile justice facilities, residential treatment centers and other places that the state deems as high-risk.

All workers at private, public and charter schools in New Mexico also must be either vaccinated or otherwise submit to weekly testing under the new rules being rolled out. Lujan Grisham already requires the same of all state government employees.


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