Tighter virus-related restrictions have come to Routt County, home to Steamboat Springs.

Routt County commissioners issued two public health orders on Tuesday to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Both orders went into effect at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24 and remain through Friday, April 24.

The first order prohibits any new reservations or visitors to lodging across the county including hotels, motels, short-term rentals, such as VRBO’s, Airbnb’s, and campgrounds. Any reservations beginning on or after 8:00 AM, Friday, will be canceled.

The second order bans gatherings of more than 5 people, except for family household members. The order also advises maintaining a six-foot distance from others in both outdoor activities and public places. The order also shared the physical distancing recommendation of limiting contact with someone to less than 10 minutes.

Most businesses are restricted by the order to having no more than five customers inside at one time. Some businesses are exempt, including grocery stores, which may have 5 people per 1,000 square feet of space.

First responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, law enforcement personnel, daycares and childcare, and gatherings necessary for employment are exempt from the order.

Routt County has seen 4 positive cases of COVID-19 at last report.

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Beyond the mountain communities, a number of stay-at-home orders have been issued around Colorado including the largest city in the state.

The latest official report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment brings the statewide number of total coronavirus cases to 730 across 31 counties. 7 deaths have occurred among these cases,  with 72 people requiring hospitalization.

Official updates made around 4:00 PM daily may release new information regarding two additional deaths possibly linked to the virus.


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