New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Food Program

COVID-19 Information

NEW 5/13/20 DRAFT Food Establishment Reopening Checklist for facilities reopening following an extended closure.

UPDATED 5/7/20 Amended Public Health Order requires retail food establishments to require employees to wear a face covering or medical grade mask at all times when in the workplace and in the presence of others.  Click here to see the amended public health order (see highlighted section on page 6 for face covering requirement). The Food Program is currently working to update the COVID-19 FAQs to address questions related to this requirement.  Check back often for updates.


Food Program Updates and Resources

Updated 4/13/20 NMED updates recommendations to include use of gloves and masks by food workers while performing certain tasks. (NEW 4/13/20 Spanish)

Updated 4/14/20 Get answers to your frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and food establishments here.

NM Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) posters for use in food establishments.

FDA and CDC Updates and Resources (most recent first)

NEW 4/15/20 CDC’s updated Guidance: Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.

Essential Critical Worker Do and Don’t (Workers and Employers) Poster

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility Poster

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if You’re Sick Fact Sheet

NEW 4/10/20 FDA releases Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

FDA issues press release, temporary policy for production of alcohol-based sanitizer, and policy for compounding of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products.

FDA Q&A for Industry Members

CDC Fact Sheets (Print Resources)

CDC Handwashing Posters (Print Resources)

CDC recommendations for environmental cleaning and disinfecting when an employee or recent customer tests positive for Coronavirus.