San Juan County in 'turquoise' level — here's what it means for businesses and sports

Matt Hollinshead
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — San Juan County reached the highly-anticipated turquoise-colored restriction level as of Wednesday, which will do even more for the area’s small business and sports scenes.

For businesses

Under the turquoise level, restaurants are allowed 75% capacity for both indoor and outdoor dining. Essential retail spaces and close-contact spaces are allowed 75% capacity.

Places of lodging that complete “New Mexico Safe Certified” training do not have to adhere to maximum capacity restrictions. All other places of lodging will be allowed 50% capacity, and vacation rentals will be allowed a maximum of 15 guests.

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Piedra Vista football fans try to stay warm in the bleachers on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

For high school sports

Outdoor high school sports events like football are allowed 75% fan capacity, while indoor sports events like basketball are allowed 33% fan capacity.

Outdoor recreational facilities are allowed 75% capacity under the turquoise level, while indoor recreation facilities are allowed 50% capacity.

As of Wednesday’s New Mexico Department of Health “red to green” update, which highlights the previous two weeks, San Juan County’s averaged just four positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 1.31%.

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Matt Hollinshead covers sports and business for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577, mhollinshead@daily-times.com and on Twitter at @MattH_717.

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