Beginning Wednesday December 2nd, 2020 New Mexico will move to a tiered “Red to Green” reopening system in the next phase of the COVID-19 response. The transition will be on a county-by-county tiered framework. Counties will operate under one of three levels: Red, very high risk; Yellow, high risk; Green, medium risk. State health officials believe this approach will allow counties that show progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 infections to ease public health restrictions on New Mexico businesses.

The New Mexico Department of Health will maintain the official map displaying each counties level. To accurately convey the spread of the virus in each county, the map will be updated Wednesday December, 2nd and every other Wednesday.

The spread of COVID-19 remains a statewide emergency. Hospitals and health care providers are asking New Mexicans to stay at home to help reduce the great strain in responding to the escalating illness and mortality caused by the continued spread of the virus. Hospital officials warn of the shortage of both hospital and ICU beds.

As of Monday, Nov. 30, 32 of the state’s 33 counties are at the Red Level, which means almost every category of business or nonprofit entity may operate – but with limited capacity and reduced operations.

For more information on the county-by-county framework please visit