The University of New Mexico has announced COVID-safe protocols for indoor events. At all indoor events hosted by UNM, including athletics, attendees must wear masks throughout the event unless actively drinking or eating, in accordance with the New Mexico Public Health order.   

At UNM events where attendees include individuals who are not UNM faculty, staff, or students, event organizers may choose to require those in attendance to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test dated within the last 72 hours. Such proof may be actual cards or documents or photographs on a mobile device. 

Individuals who are assigned the responsibility for checking vaccination status may find it helpful to review the vaccination verification training available.

Several questions have emerged with the indoor mask policy including:

Q:  Will this rule apply to children under 12?
A:  Yes, children would be included and until they are eligible for vaccines they would need to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Q:  Who pays for the checking?
A:  The department organizing an event would be responsible for costs related to vaccination checking.

Q:  Does this apply to outdoor events?
A:  No, this is only recommended for indoor activities.

Q:  Can event organizers utilize wristbands?
A:  Yes, but they are not required.

Q:  Will the UNM Police Department assist with vaccination checking?
A:  If there is any disruption or disorderly conduct caused by vaccination card checking, organizers should call UNMPD for immediate assistance.

For more UNM COVID-safe guidelines, visit Bring Back the Pack.