County Response to Governor/NMHD Mass Gatherings Ban for COVID-19
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County Response to Governor/NMHD Mass Gatherings Ban for COVID-19
Posted on 03/12/2020

Los Alamos County began a case-by-case assessment this afternoon of all reservations, programs and events, in response to the Governor and NM Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Order to Limit Mass Gatherings. As each case is assessed, Los Alamos County will be contacting the appropriate parties to discuss cancellations, rescheduling, or additional options as needed.

The Order, dated March 12, 2020, and lasting through April 11, 2020 is stated as follows:

“All Mass Gatherings are hereby prohibited under the powers and authority set forth in the New Mexico Health Act, and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.”

“Mass Gatherings” are defined as:

                “any public or private gathering that brings together one hundred (100) or more individuals in a single room or connected space in close proximity to one another, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theaters, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space, but does not include normal operations at airports, on other forms of transit, shopping malls, or other spaces where 100 or more individuals may be in transit. ‘Mass Gathering’ does not include family gatherings such as weddings or funerals, shelters, retail stores or grocery stores, typical office environments, businesses, courthouses, restaurants and bars, correctional and detention facilities, schools and educational institutions, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other health care and congregate care facilities, and places of worship operating during ‘normal business hours’.”

For more information regarding the above Public Health Order, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at cv.nmhealth.org.

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