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March 19, 2020
Occupancy Restrictions for All Lodging - Includes Short-Term Rental Units, Hotels, and Motels

The City is notifying operators of hotels, motels, and other places of lodging, including short-term rental units, that they are prohibited from operating at more than fifty percent (50%) of maximum occupancy under the statewide Amended Public Health Order issued by New Mexico Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathyleen M. Kunkel on March 19, 2020.

The temporary occupancy restriction applies to all short-term rental units located anywhere in the City of Santa Fe, including residentially-zoned property and non-residentially zoned property. The occupancy restriction does not prohibit rental bookings, but it does restrict the number of guests hosted in the unit for the duration of the booking. As set forth in Secretary Kunkel’s Order, the occupancy restriction does not apply to lodging for health care workers engaged in the provision of care to New Mexico residents or to businesses providing temporary housing to persons who are employed and working in New Mexico.  

During the public health emergency, the City of Santa Fe encourages operators of short-term rental units, hotels, motels, and other places of lodging to refund or credit any guests wishing to cancel or postpone existing reservations. 

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