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Albuquerque’s popular Rail Yards Market will reopen this weekend, though only at 50 percent capacity, thanks to Bernalillo County’s improved COVID public health status.

The market operating in the Barelas neighborhood will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 2.

The market has been operating drive-up markets and food pickup operations throughout the pandemic but this will be the first time the market reopens to in-person customers.

Market regulars will notice a few new rules to help comply with COVID-safe practices:

  • Visitors and vendors must wear a mask at all times
  • No seating or gathering on-site
  • Visitors must maintain 6-foot social distance between unrelated groups
  • Capacity is limited to 50 percent of normal occupancy (so expect some lines)

Customers not quite ready to return to in-person shopping can still take advantage of the Market’s express online ordering system.

New Street Mural

While you are visiting Barelas, be sure to check out the new street mural installed last weekend!

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