Category: NM Legislative Session 2022 NM Legislative Session 2022
Published: 14 January 2022 14 January 2022

Screening for Firearms

Per Legislative Council Policy No. 26, beginning on December 6, 2021, all firearms, including concealed handguns, explosives or other deadly weapons are prohibited in the State Capitol with limited exceptions.  Security staff will conduct the screening of members of the public entering the building. Magnetometers (or metal detectors) are placed at the public entrances.

Vaccination Requirement

A member of the public ("individual") wishing to enter the State Capitol must provide a government-issued photo ID and adequate proof of being fully vaccinated (up-to-date vaccination) against COVID-19 unless the individual qualifies for an exemption.  For the purposes of this vaccination requirement policy, an individual will be considered fully vaccinated (or up-to-date vaccination) if the individual has completed the initial series and is not yet eligible for a booster or has received a booster when eligible, specifically:

An individual who claims to be fully vaccinated but cannot provide adequate proof will be advised to use the individual's personal electronic device to access to obtain a record of that individual's vaccination record before entry is permitted into the State Capitol.

An individual may be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement if the individual has a documented qualifying medical condition, disability-related condition or a sincerely held religious belief and provides adequate proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within the previous 48 hours.  Rapid, antigen or home tests are not acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test.  To be eligible for an exemption due to:

If the screening process for the vaccination requirement determines that an individual entering the State Capitol has met the requirements for an exemption, the unvaccinated individual shall provide adequate proof that the individual has tested negative for COVID-19 based on a PCR test within 48 hours prior to entering the State Capitol.

Additional Safeguards

The active Department of Health public health orders and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, in addition to any guidelines set forth by the Legislative Council Service, will be followed for the protection and health and safety of all within the building.  The most recent DOH publication Policies for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in New Mexico was issued on January 10, 2022 and can be found at the link below:  Masks are required and must be worn throughout the building.  Masks must entirely cover the nose and mouth.  KN95 and N95 masks are strongly recommended or at least a mask with two or more layers of breathable fabric. Individual vendors (e.g., jewelry, crafts, art work, food) will not be allowed in the Capitol.