COVID-19 COLORADO TRAVEL ALERT - March 2021
Visit Durango is closely monitoring COVID-19 for the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, residents and industry partners. We will continue to work with public health, government and travel organizations to keep you informed about Colorado travel and public health.
Durango and La Plata County are in the Safer at Home Level Yellow: Concern. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
The City of Durango has order #2020-08 requires all persons to wear a face covering when entering, waiting in line to enter, and while in the following locations within the City of Durango, regardless of whether they have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 until further notice. Public places include public establishments, shops, grocery stores, restaurants, streets, sidewalks or other public ways, and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds, and buildings.
Travel can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. We ask all visitors to respect public health guidelines and the capacity of our local community. It’s important to plan ahead, be prepared, and be flexible.
Current travel recommendations for Colorado
- If you are sick, do not travel.
- If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people with chronic medical conditions), avoid non-essential travel.
- Follow CDC recommendations on travel to areas where there is widespread transmission of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Updated case counts and local public health info:
San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Durango/La Plata County Business Updates
- Durango Welcome Center - open Monday through Saturday from 9am - 5pm, and Sunday 10am - 4pm.
- Durango Community Recreation Center - Open with limited hours and services.
- Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - offering modified services, limiting guest capacity as well as implementing enhanced safety procedures.
- Mesa Verde National Park - roads and hiking open for self-guided tours only. All ranger-led tours are cancelled at this time.
- San Juan County and Silverton, CO is open to visitors with limited dining and other services.
- Dine-in service is available at most restaurants and breweries with safety precautions in place.
- Outdoor recreation is allowed, social distancing and wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.
Stay informed and take simple preventive actions:
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
If you are visiting Colorado and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start showing symptoms (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), follow the steps below:
- Stay inside your lodging/residence: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your lodging/residence, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas: Avoid public areas as much as possible.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor. Call your medical provider or a nurse line first and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
International Travel Restrictions
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.