COVID-19 death rates are surging upward in Summit County, resulting in tighter restrictions on hotels, restaurants, bars, and ski resorts ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
"I know you all have sacrificed so much already and now we're asking for more," Amy Wineland, Director of Public Health for Summit County stated in a Facebook live update on Thursday.
Summit County will move into Level Red on Colorado's COVID-19 dial system in two phases following a weekly increase in the percentage of deaths related to the virus.
Summit County will be moved into Level Red at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. Summit County restaurants will be closed to indoor service at 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22. Outdoor dining, take out and delivery will still be allowed.— Summit County, CO (@SummitCountyGov) November 19, 2020
New restrictions on gathering size, short-term rentals, retail, and office capacity will go into effect at 5 PM on Friday, November 20. However, new restrictions on restaurants, including a ban on indoor dining and a 'last call' at 8 PM, will go into effect at 5 PM on Sunday, November 22. Take-out and delivery options will still be available. Outdoor dining will also be allowed, but only for groups consisting of those from the same household.
One big change that could to impact ski travel this season comes in the form of limiting who is able to stay in rented space. Hotels and short-term rentals will be limited to members of only one household. This prohibits people from staying with individuals not housed at their official address, including family members. Property managers will be required to verify that guests represent only one household.
"Everybody can be ticketed," add Wineland. "It can be the property manager, the owner, as well as the person renting who is not following our local order."
Reservations for short-term rentals made prior to the new public health order will not be “grandfathered in," according to county officials.
Ski areas located within Summit County, including Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin, will also be required to suspend indoor dining operations under the new level red restrictions.