New Mexico Legislative Council Director Raúl Burciaga Details New Capitol Building Safety Policies

New Mexico Legislative Council Director Raúl Burciaga

NMLC News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Legislative Council (NMLC) Director Raúl Burciaga announced Tuesday the Capitol building policy updates for the upcoming Special Session in early December and Regular Session, which begins Jan. 18.

“Given the high number of COVID-19 cases across the state and the strain this continues to put on state resources, it is incumbent on us to protect everyone in the Capitol complex while conducting the state’s business,” Director Burciaga said. “I believe the measures being taken for the special and regular sessions will allow for the work to get done while greatly minimizing the risk for COVID spread.”

New Safety Policies:

  • The Roundhouse will remain open to the public for the special and regular sessions;
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for the public to enter the Capitol;
  • The Rotunda will not be used for displays, booths, presentations, special days, etc.;
  • Pages will not be used by the House or Senate;
  • No tours will be conducted or allowed in the Capitol; and
  • Masks will continue to be required throughout the Capitol Complex.

In addition, per a new policy adopted by the Legislative Council earlier this month, carrying weapons into the Roundhouse is prohibited effective Dec. 6. All members of the public will be subject to magnetometer screening (or bag search) when entering the building.

COVID-19 mitigation policies are subject to change based on the latest guidance from CDC and other health officials.