COVID-19 COLORADO TRAVEL ALERT - UPDATE JULY 8, 4PM
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.
On May 21st, the City of Durango has issued order #2020-08 requiring 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.
Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for La Plata County, effective May 12, 2020. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions help land management agencies prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme fire danger.
What’s not allowed during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal barbecues and grills.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
- Operating or using any internal combustion engine without spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
- Fireworks and exploding targets.
On May 8, 2020, Durango and La Plata County have implemented "Safer-at-Home" guidelines under the direction of Colorado Gov. Polis. Visit Durango joins Governor Polis, San Juan Basin Public Health, and the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) in taking measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our priority is keeping travelers and the people of our state safe. We are urging travelers and Coloradans to exercise personal responsibility to protect public health.
The goal of the Safer-at-Home phase is to maintain 60-65% physical distancing. Coloradans have done a good job staying home and working to flatten the curve, but we are not out of the woods just yet. To learn more about the Safer-at-Home phase of the pandemic and a tentative timeline, view the Governor’s presentation here and a one-pager here.
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.
- Some resort communities in Colorado are currently experiencing community transmission and outbreaks. Check the data page to find out what is happening in Colorado.
Colorado Impact as of July 8, 4PM
- Total presumptive positive cases in Colorado: 34,664
- Total cases in La Plata County: 138
- Updated case counts / local info: San Juan Basin Public Health
Durango/La Plata County Business Updates
- Durango Welcome Center is now open with an amended schedule and social distancing measures. Open 7 days a week from 9am - 5pm.
- Durango Community Recreation Center - re-opens June 29 with limited hours and services.
- Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will resume on June 23, offering modified services, limiting guest capacity as well as implementing enhanced safety procedures.
- Mesa Verde is open for self-guided tours only. All ranger-led tours are cancelled at this time.
- As of May 27th, San Juan County and Silverton, CO is re-opening to visitors with limited dining and other services.
- Starting May 27, dine-in services at restaurants begins at 50% capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants continue to offer take-out and delivery.
- Non-guided outdoor recreation of any kind can occur in groups up to 10, and must follow local policies.
- Non-guided equipment rentals should follow retail guidelines.
- Guided services, including overnight services, for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, ATV tours, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing, and climbing can occur in groups up to 10, not including staff , and must follow local policies.
- River outfitters, rafting, or jeep tours can occur if parties in boats and jeeps are limited to members of up to two households only, and must follow local policies.
- Developed hot springs should follow outdoor pool guidance.
- Indoor gyms, indoor fitness classes, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, indoor sports facilities, organized recreational sports, outdoor swimming pools and playgrounds/parks are reopening.
- Personal recreation of any kind can be conducted in groups of 10 or fewer, unless specified below, with participants spaced at least 6 feet apart, face coverings worn as feasible, and observation of appropriate disinfection and hygiene practices.
- Bars throughout the state, plus casinos, theaters, coffeehouses, cigar bars, brewpubs and distillery pubs remain closed.
- Colorado Gov. Polis requires non-critical workplaces to reduce in-person workforce by 50 percent due to the presence of COVID-19 (colorado.gov)
- Outdoor recreation is allowed at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties.
- Campgrounds at State Parks and on National Forests and other recreation are open with limited capacity and restrictions in place.
- Picnic areas and facilities at some trailheads are not available and some backcountry parking lots are closed (or have limited capacity).
- Coloradans are urged to be aware of any local closures or public health orders and avoid busy trailheads.
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
- Stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from international travel.
- During this 14-day period, take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. Use this temperature log to monitor your temperature.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).