Local business owners ready for in state reopening 100 percent

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and July 1 marks the first day business operations, gatherings and other activities haven’t been limited by the state’s “Red to Green” framework, introduced by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to the pandemic in early December 2020.

On June 18, Lujan Grisham announced the retirement of the color-coded system, allowing businesses of all types to operate at 100 percent capacity.

Businesses can still take COVID-19 precautions, such as social distancing and requiring customers and staff to wear masks. The state dropped the across-the-board requirement for face coverings in mid May, when the CDC changed its guidance, recommending only unvaccinated people needed to wear them.

Belen salon owner Ronnie Torres said due to the size of the building Hair Innovations occupies, all of his employees plus its customers will now be able to occupy the space at the same time.

“Now we…

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