TO BEST PROTECT LOVED ONES and visitors from the threat of coronavirus infections, as of a June 8, 2020 initiative, New Mexicans can now make their protective behaviors official.



Making New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, customers and visitors is the mission of New Mexico Safe Promise, where communities support each other to ensure New Mexicans are self-accountable in abiding by best-practice safety standards, as set out by the New Mexico Department of Health ordinances and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

“We are 100 percent behind the New Mexico Safe Promise,” said Karina Armijo, director of town of Taos marketing and tourism, noting this is an initiative “that motivates our entire community to do all we can to stand together and make the promise to provide a safe place to live and work for all New Mexicans.”

Currently, ask locals and visitors to be socially responsible and practice physical distancing of six feet, or two arms’ lengths, between guests; and when dining, limiting group maximums to six per dining table.

Face coverings or masks are required except when eating, drinking and exercising, or if a health care provider instructs otherwise.

Area businesses are providing as clean a destination for guests as possible, often providing extra resources, such as hand sanitizer, wipes and masks. Businesses are also following guidelines, where possible, regarding cleaning of common areas.

Instituted by the New Mexico Hospitality Association, the New Mexico Safe Promise initiative hopes to unify the entire state of New Mexico through the protection of the health of its communities, residents and customers in the safe, progressive reopening of businesses throughout the state.

From soaring in a hot air balloon to exploring art and cultural centers, to browsing the works of Georgia O’Keeffe or taking a virtual hike through national parks and monuments, visitors can explore what New Mexico has to offer through a virtual setting from the comfort and safety of their home. For more information on virtual tours, classes, live streams and more, visit newmexico.org/virtual-tours.

For updates on travel restrictions, directives and closures in New Mexico, visit newmexico.org/covid-19-traveler-information.


San Geronimo Church at Taos Pueblo, photograph by Debbie Lujan. This is the third Catholic church at the Pueblo named after St. Jerome. The first was destroyed during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. The second was destroyed by U.S. Cavalry cannon fire during the 1847 Taos Revolt, the remains of which were used as a cemetery and can still be seen near the village entrance. Courtesy image/Taos News file photo

New Mexico Safe Promise

I PROMISE TO: • Use a face covering while in public; • Stay six feet apart from others; • Stay home when sick; • Sanitize hands frequently, per recommended hygiene practices; • Participate in any COVID-19-related training made available at my workplaces.