LAS CRUCES - Amid rising COVID-19 cases and full hospitals, New Mexico health officials have said the state's indoor mask mandate will be extended. The order was set to expire Friday.
The indoor mask mandate was reinstated in August and carves out exemptions for eating, drinking, children under 2 and people who are advised by a doctor not to wear a mask for health reasons.
All other New Mexicans, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to be required to wear masks indoors to mitigate viral spread.
"This is not the time to relax our current public health orders," Acting Health Secretary David Scrase said during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Scrase added that because of how the state received federal assistance, "as long as there's a public health emergency at the national level, there will be some form of public health order in New Mexico of a state of emergency."
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico extends mask mandate as COVID-related hospitalizations rise