Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday that she has extended the emergency health order in New Mexico to April 30.

The announcement comes as more COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New Mexico.

That means all businesses must stay closed and all New Mexicans must stay home except for emergency or essential outings.

The Governor’s announcement includes a new requirement that businesses that are considered essential such as grocery stores must limit the number of customers in the retail space to 20 percent or less of the stores maximum occupancy.

Many grocery and big-box stores have already been limiting customers and enacting other social distancing requirements.

Hotels, motels and other places of lodging must not have more than 25 percent of maximum occupancy.

The amended order added liquor stores, automobile dealerships and payday lenders to the list of non-essential businesses that must cease operations.

These orders are set to go in to effect April 7th at 8 a.m.

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