It has been nearly two years since the Centers For Control Disease (CDC) first recommended masks indoors to protect ourselves from the novel coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, multiple states in the nation have dropped their indoor mask mandate, including New Mexico as of yesterday, February 17th, 2022.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico would lift restrictions on mask mandates as a return to normalcy during a press conference. New Mexico residents will not be obligated to wear masks indoors, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. 

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that schools district and universities statewide will have the choice to set mask policies. School districts such as Las Cruces Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, and many more, announced that students will have the option to use masks indoors or out and will respect any decision from staff, students, and families. 

Grisham’s new public health order also announced that masks will still be required in hospitals across the state. Businesses and other establishments will have the option to set their own regulations on mask policies. 

For more information on this concern, please visit the article published down below by Las Cruces Sun-News.