With Bernalillo, McKinley and Valencia counties now categorized as “high COVID-19 community levels” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The University of New Mexico is recommending that masks be worn indoors at its Albuquerque, Gallup and Valencia campuses, effective June 21. 

When The University of New Mexico modified its mask mandate on March 19, 2022, it noted that masking policies would be reviewed regularly, and that mask protocols could be further modified in New Mexico counties that have been determined by the CDC to be at a high COVID-19 community level. To this end, UNM continues to monitor conditions in Los Alamos and Taos counties. 

In alignment with existing public health orders, UNM continues to require masks at facilities associated with the health system and HSC academic and research spaces, where close contact with the clinical environment requires continued masking. This includes facilities in the north campus HSC academic and research facilities, as well as at the HSC Rio Rancho campus. UNM will also continue to encourage the use of masks on public transportation, including UNM shuttles and buses, consistent with CDC guidance.

Please be aware that several large campus venues may also have also revised their COVID-19 protocols, with some variation among facilities. Before you attend an event at Popejoy Hall or University Arena, for instance, please check with the venue to find out what’s required for admittance.

UNM recommends all students, faculty, and staff wear a 3-ply (or better) medical/health procedure mask. Masks will be available in a variety of locations, including Johnson Recreation Center, the SUB, and high-traffic classroom buildings like Mitchell, Dane Smith, and Woodward Halls, and the Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB).