News & Announcements

March 13, 2020
City Continues to Take Proactive Precautions - Libraries and Recreation Centers Will Close On Monday, March 16

The City will continue to take proactive steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community. Effective Monday, March 16, the City of Santa Fe will close all public libraries and recreation centers.  The Santa Fe Public Library will close its three branches (Main, La Farge, and Southside). The Genoveva Chavez Community Center (GCCC) and Ft. Marcy Sports Complex will also close.  At this time the Municipal Recreation Sports Complex will remain open. 

The Santa Fe Public library will continue to provide many digital services, such as e-books and e-audiobooks, streaming movies, TV and music services, free access to magazines and newspapers. Our creative and resourceful staff members are already exploring online programming opportunities such as storytelling, reading programs, or video programming featuring local authors. To access Library digital services please visit

Santa Fe Public Library staff will use [bot protected email address] as a reference question platform, and will be answering the phone numbers of all three Library Branches. Library staff will assist with reference questions and provide support on how to access digital resources. The Santa Fe Public Library is extending loan periods for those who have unreturned Library materials. Library materials can be returned when Library facilities reopen.

Similar to the Library staff, our recreation team is working to come up with creative alternatives to classes and programs. Our recreation staff will be answering the main phone lines at both the recreation centers. We will continue to provide information on these services as they become available.

All City closures, event / meeting cancellations, and postponements are effective through Sunday, April 5, 2020.  The City will continue to monitor current health recommendations and best practices and provide updates. 

The City of Santa Fe will continue to provide all other services.  This emergency health situation continues to change and evolve. The City will continue to monitor emerging health recommendations and best practices to make decisions on any closures, policies, or practices.  We will provide regular updates on our website, social media, and on Alert Santa Fe.  Please sign up for Alert Santa Fe to receive emergency updates by visiting

The City encourages private employers to take similar precautions.

  • Prevention is still the priority
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover a sneeze or cough
  • Wipe down surfaces that are touched by or shared by others
  • Use “social distancing” as a way to avoid contact as much as possible
  • The proper distance to avoid exposure is a minimum of 6 feet
  • Avoid shaking hands (bump elbows instead)

Only the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) can coordinate testing for COVID-19. It is offering testing to patients who fit a specific profile of symptoms and risk factors. The hotline number for the New Mexico Department of Health is 855-600-3453.

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