This week New Mexico adopted updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on face masks—meaning that anyone who is fully vaccinated no longer has to wear a mask in a public space.

Masks are still required in many private settings, including businesses.

Per the CDC, in most circumstances, fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor public settings.

People who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated are still required—per CDC guidance—to wear a mask in public settings. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The state health department still recommends that all residents, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities, and individual businesses.

On May 10, the Federal Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for children. The CDC endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and its use in 12 through 15-year-old adolescents; vaccination of that age group is underway at Moriarty High School and other vaccination locations.

According to the CDC, though most children with Covid-19 have mild or no symptoms, some children can get severely ill and require hospitalization. There have also been rare cases of children dying, including multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children.

This official CDC action opens vaccination to approximately 17 million adolescents in the United States.

Also on May 13, the CDC announced people who are fully vaccinated can begin to resume activities in congregate settings as thing slowly reopen without wearing a mask or maintaining physical distancing; except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance say otherwise.

For travel within the United States, a test before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel is no longer required. There is no need to get tested before leaving the United States unless the destination country requires it.

People traveling will still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

It is still recommended to get tested 3-5 days after international travel. There is no need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States. If a person has been around someone who has Covid-19, they do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless symptoms occur, CDC guidelines say.

All New Mexicans age 16 and up are eligible for the vaccine and may schedule a vaccine appointment at or by calling 1-855-600-3453.

Parents of children age 12 to 15 are encouraged to register their child at the same web address,