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The prohibition on short-term lodging is extended to May 31 to continue COVID-19 mitigation
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County issued an amended public health order Thursday, extending the prohibition on short-term lodging through May 31. The amendment aligns with guidance from the State of Colorado that a stabilization period will require continued social distancing measures in the months ahead. The amended order will take effect at 12 noon, Friday, April 17.
“We’re simply not ready to welcome our visitors back to Summit County yet," Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “Our community has been under some extremely severe restrictions, and we’ve been successful in establishing good social distancing. We don’t want all our hard work and sacrifice to be wasted by throwing our doors open and inviting in a new wave of infection.”
All lodging businesses, including hotels, motels, timeshares and short-term rentals (e.g., Airbnb, VRBO) are required to be closed, except to members of the local workforce using lodging units as residences. All lodging businesses are prohibited from taking any new reservations for dates sooner than June 1.
Owners of short-term rentals must block out their online reservation calendars on all relevant platforms through May 31, 2020, in order to avoid inadvertently taking reservations for stays that would occur during the prohibited period.
As under the previous order, which largely mirrors restrictions in the state public health order, most retail businesses are not allowed to be open to the public, except for the delivery or curbside pickup of goods. Essential goods and services, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores, banks, marijuana dispensaries and hardware stores are exempt from the closure order. Hair and nail salons, spas, body art establishments (e.g., tattoos and piercings) and massage establishments are deemed non-essential and must remain closed. The order also identifies laundromats and communications services providers, such as mobile phone retailers, as essential.
The Summit County order contains restrictions on child care and transportation that are more restrictive than the state’s. The local order prohibits the operation of all transportation services, including public transit, shuttles, taxis and ride share services. Child care providers are only permitted to provide services to critical workers, as defined in the state order.
All dine-in activity in all restaurants, bars and cafeterias in Summit County remains prohibited. Restaurants will continue to be allowed to provide delivery and take-out options. The order allows restaurants and bars to deliver alcohol, in accordance will all applicable state and local laws; it also provides for take-out lines of up to five people indoors, as long as they are able to maintain interpersonal distances of at least 6 feet. However, Summit County Public Health encourages establishments to restrict carry-out lines to outdoor areas where possible.
Summit County Public Health strongly recommends that all patrons make payment transactions, including tips, electronically over the phone or online during the ordering process. Officials are discouraging the exchange of credit cards, cash or checks during any pickups or deliveries.
Should the State of Colorado enact public health orders that are more restrictive than the most recent Summit County order, the state regulations would prevail. All these changes are effective until further notice, when Summit County Public Health has determined that this degree of social distancing is no longer required.
The Summit County Department of Human Services is providing support to community members who need assistance with food, medication, housing, transportation and other basic needs. Anyone who needs help meeting basic needs should call 970-668-2940 or 970-668-2942.