Welcome back to Taos, and know before you go
We are all joyously and carefully emerging from our quarantine cocoons and welcoming family, neighbors and visitors back into our communities – perhaps more grateful than ever before for simple pleasures.
Many 2021 summer events have not been determined and some historical sites have been temporarily closed due to safety precautions (COVID-Safe Practices or CSPs) throughout the state. So double check every event or outlet you want to visit, call to be sure the event is still happening; register or make appointments as required; stay masked and physically distanced according to state mandates.
Physical distancing and masks have kept most of Taos County happy and healthy. Happy people are known to have stronger immune systems than chronically stressed people. As the American Psychological Association points out, the more stressed you are, the more vulnerable you are to viruses, because prolonged stress lowers the immune system’s ability to respond (apa.org/research/action/immune). Friends and relaxation strengthen health the APA says. Being mindful of stressful thoughts and choosing to focus elsewhere – such as interacting with nature, exploring art galleries, shops, landmarks and historic sites – all qualify as reducing stress and building immune systems – the exact emotional component needed for healthy, happy people observing good physical distancing practices.
Remember, enjoyment is a weapon. Wield it wildly, with every breath you take. You deserve laughter, fun and walks in the woods with those you love.
Welcome to Taos and enjoy!
Virginia L Clark
Discover Taos 2021 editor