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Summit County Safer At Home Public Health Order

Published April 28, 2020

Summit County has enacted a new public health order, effective April 28, 2020, as the community transitions to a safer at home phase. Ending the Phase 1 Stay At Home public health order, the Phase 2 Safer At Home public health order reflects many of the State of Colorado Safer At Home public health order regulations with adjusted restrictions and dates to meet the needs of Summit County. The Summit County public health order is the order to be followed and enforced in our community. 

For any questions, please view Summit County’s detailed FAQ sheet regarding the April 28 public health order. 

The amended Summit County public health order states:

  • Sick individuals, people 65 and over and those with underlying health conditions must stay at home to the greatest extent possible.
  • Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. In gatherings of any size by individuals from multiple households, all individuals must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from one another and wear face coverings.
  • Non-essential retail businesses may take orders from customers online or over the phone and provide products via mail, home delivery or curbside pickup. Effective May 1 non-critical retail may allow individual in-person shopping by appointment. Limitations to non-essential items in grocery, pharmacy, pet food stores and hardware stores will expire on May 8 at 12:01 a.m. 
  • Real estate agents may conduct showings for buyers by appointment. No open houses are permitted.
  • Child care may begin opening to serve members of the local workforce beginning May 11, with strict precautions to limit the transmission of disease among children and from children to staff and family members.
  • Elective medical and dental procedures will be allowed, with strict precautions and protective equipment to prevent the transmission of disease.
  • Restaurants and bars are allowed to be open for takeout and delivery. Patrons are not allowed to dine onsite, due to high risk of disease transmission among patrons.
  • K-12 and higher education schools will remain closed to in-person instruction and learning. Congregation of large groups is prohibited, and these age groups tend to carry the disease to more vulnerable segments of the population, even when they are not exhibiting symptoms.
  • Some personal services will be allowed, with appropriate protective measures. Summit County will work to align its restrictions and allowances with state guidance when those details become available in the coming days.
  • Non-essential office workplaces will be allowed to open May 4 with up to 50 percent of normal staffing; employers are still strongly encouraged to maintain telecommuting to the maximum possible extent. Any offices with multiple persons in a single facility must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Short-term lodging, including hotels, motels, timeshares and short-term rentals will remain closed to guests through May 31, to limit unnecessary burdens on health care, public services and other essential services and to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission from other communities.
  • Auto sales are allowed online and in person. In-person automobile shopping and sales must take place by appointment only, scheduled by the dealership to prevent gatherings of 10 or more people in a room at one time.
  • Car rentals are allowed.
  • Limited public transit will be restored. The Summit Stage main line routes will resume service, with buses limited to fewer than 10 passengers. The Summit County Transit Department will maintain the existing expanded paratransit services, available to any workers who require transportation to work or essential services. Some seats on public transit vehicles may be roped off in order to maintain adequate social distancing. All riders and operators on all vehicles must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Ski areas will remain closed in order to discourage residents of other counties and states from visiting Summit County.
  • Places of worship are permitted to be open, but they must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet among congregants and limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people at one time. Remote, online services are strongly encouraged. Individuals over 65 or with underlying health conditions are strongly discouraged from attending services in person. 
  • Any individual whose primary residence is outside of Summit County is strongly discouraged from visiting or staying in Summit County for recreation or leisure.
  • Trailhead parking is limited, and parking enforcement activities will continue.
  • All construction activities must adhere to the Summit County Building Department COVID-19 Policies and Procedures or the equivalent document within the relevant jurisdiction.

COVID-19 testing for any community member experiencing known symptoms is now widely available in Summit County. Times, locations and more information on testing can be found here.

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