As the number of COVID-19 cases increase across Colorado, many of the cities and mountain counties are issuing strict “stay-at-home” orders and “locals-only” polices in an effort to slow the spread.
[UPDATE]: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order, effective Thursday morning at 6:00 AM through Friday, April 11.
A number of non-essential business and personal service facilities have been required to close statewide by Gov. Jared Polis through at least April 30. This includes restaurants, theaters, bars, fitness centers, casinos, hair and nail salons, spas, and tattoo and massage parlors. Schools will also remain closed until April 17. Here’s a look at some of the current orders currently in place across the state.
EDITOR’S NOTE: These orders go by many names, but share in most details. We’ve used the terminology used by the local government in each case. All orders are subject to change and those changes may or may not be reflected in this piece. For the most up-to-date information, check with an official county source.
Boulder: The city issued an order requiring residents to “ stay-at-home” with a few exceptions, including getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies, and exploring outdoors. It was effective at 5 PM Tuesday, March 24 through at least Friday, April 10.
Denver: The state’s largest city issued a stay-at-home order issued, closing all non-essential businesses and putting restrictions on movement. It went into effect at 5 PM Tuesday, March 24 and stretches through Friday, April 10.
Durango: This mountain town is also taking steps to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, issuing a stay-at-home order effective immediately until deemed no longer necessary.
Gunnison County: A “ locals-only” policy is currently in effect in Gunnison County. Anyone who has left the mountain county for more than 24 hours is required to self-quarantine for 7 days before returning. Gatherings larger than 10 are prohibited. This went into effect on Friday, March 13 and will last until deemed no longer necessary.
Pitkin County: (Aspen) A stay-at-home order has been implemented to slow the spread of the virus. Gatherings larger than 10 are prohibited – effective Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 17.
Routt County: (Steamboat Springs) Any new reservations or visitors to lodging will be prohibited including hotels, motels, short-term rentals, such as VRBO’s, Airbnb’s, and campgrounds. Any reservations beginning on or after 8:00 AM, Friday, must be canceled. Gatherings larger than 5 people are prohibited, except for family household members. Social distancing is to be maintained in both outdoor activities and public places. This went into effect at 5:00 PM Tuesday, March 24 and is set to last through Friday, April 24.
San Miguel County: Residents of Telluride have been ordered to ‘ shelter in place‘ or face fines of up to $5,000 and up to 18 months in jail. Events of 10 people or more are prohibited. Outdoor activities will be allowed but social distancing must be maintained – effective March 19 until deemed no longer necessary.
San Juan County: (Silverton): A “ locals-only” policy is being enforced, sending tourists home. Residents are also ordered to shelter in place, leaving the town only for essential errands including food, medications, and solo outdoor activity. All lodging, including motels and vacation rentals, have been required to close. Order. Highway 550 remains open to only local and through traffic. This policy is currently in effect set to last until April 17.
Summit County: (Bue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma, Silverthorne, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Keystone) All businesses remain closed except for grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores, banks, marijuana dispensaries, and hardware stores. Lodging has also been shut down including hotels, motels, timeshares, and short term rentals (Airbnb, VRBO). Reservations for dates sooner than May 1 are prohibited. Restaurants will continue to provide delivery and take-out options, with some alcohol delivery options. This order went into effect at noon on Monday, March 23 and will last until deemed no longer necessary.
Editor’s note: Older adults and anyone who has serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for COVID-19. Everyone should stay home and if you must go out, practice social distancing. Wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and practice cough and sneeze etiquette. Together, we can slow the spread.