Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials implemented a new public health order, instructing New Mexicans to shelter in place through Nov. 30.

College students around the country, including Lobos, usually travel home during Thanksgiving break; now University officials are echoing cautions students, staff and faculty should consider before leaving the state.

"We think that providing advice and raising awareness about issues related to leaving campus and returning to families and communities is crucial right now," said Dr. James Wilterding, SHAC Interim Co-Executive Director.

The CDC released tips for traveling during the pandemic, citing that, "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others."

How to protect yourself and others when you travel

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Things to bring with you on a flight

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Extra masks
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • An extra set of clothes
  • Your own snacks

Things to consider before hitting the road

  • Plan to make as few stops as possible
  • Pack cloth face masks and hand sanitizer
  • Prepare food and water to take on the trip
  • Pack cleaning supplies
  • Pick drive-thru or curbside for food

"With the semester transitioning from hybrid to remote learning only, Lobos are faced in making decisions about where they will live," said Tiffany Martinez-Durant, Health Promotion Manager. "Regardless of their choices, they need information and guidance to know how to protect themselves and others. If Lobos travel anywhere, they put themselves and their families at a higher risk. It is our responsibility in health promotion to make sure they have all the necessary tools to get to their destination safely."