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COVID-19 COLORADO TRAVEL ALERT - UPDATE APRIL 2, 9AM

Visit Durango understands travelers and residents are concerned about COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, residents and industry partners is our highest priority. We will continue to work with public health and travel organizations to keep you informed about Colorado travel and public health. 

The travel industry’s guiding principle is to seek and heed the most up-to-date expert guidance. As of March 23, La Plata has confirmed its first case of COVID-19. While no domestic travel restrictions in place for the U.S., Colorado is experiencing community spread of the disease. 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. 

There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to practice precautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, please visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.

Colorado Impact as of April 2, 2PM

  • Total presumptive positive cases in Colorado: 3,342
  • Total cases in La Plata County: 24
  • On March 10, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency to protect public health and our vulnerable populations and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • On Saturday, March 14, Polis issue an executive order mandating the closing of ski resorts.
  • On March 15, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, recommends that event organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more.
  • On March 16, the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance to avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people. 
  • The Colorado Tourism Office is suspending operations for all 10 Colorado Welcome Centers effective Monday, March 16, through March 22. 
  • Effective March 17, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Monday ordered the closure of dine-in services at restaurants and bars throughout the state, plus gyms, casinos, theaters, coffeehouses, cigar bars, brewpubs and distillery pubs to enforce social distancing. 
  • Flights to and from the Durango – La Plata County Airport are currently operating per normal schedules. 
  • San Juan Basin Public Health reports the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in La Plata County as of Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • San Juan County Sheriff in Silverton, CO closes entry to ALL public lands in San Juan County. Through traffic only is allowed over Red Mountain Pass, and no parking is allowed along the passes in San Juan County, including Molas and Red Mountain passes. Silverton requests no outside visitors to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this small community with limited resources.
  • Colorado Gov. Polis requires non-critical workplaces to reduce in-person workforce by 50 percent due to the presence of COVID-19 (colorado.gov)

Durango/La Plata County Closures

  • Durango Welcome Center is closed, effective Monday, March 16 until further notice. 
  • Purgatory Resort is closed March 15 - March 22, due to an executive order by Gov. Polis suspending downhill ski area operations for one week.
  • City of Durango facility closures effective Monday, March 16 and will be in effect through April 7, 2020:
    • Durango Community Recreation Center
    • Chapman Hill
    • Durango Gymnastics
    • Durango Public Library
  • Effective March 17, all dine-in services at restaurants and bars throughout the state, plus gyms, casinos, theaters, coffeehouses, cigar bars, brewpubs and distillery pubs are closed to enforce social distancing. 
  • D&SNGRR suspends operations through May 1, or until further notice.The gift shop and museum will also be closed during this time.
  • Effective March 25, Mesa Verde will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure includes the main park road and all loop roads.

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, especially populations at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.

Travelers should 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.

The State encourages those most at risk — older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions — to take stronger precautions to avoid infection. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships, per CDC recommendations. 

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 

  • U.S. officials have restricted travel FROM certain countries with pronounced coronavirus outbreaks and is screening arrivals to the U.S. who may have traveled in affected areas in the last 14 days. Entry of foreign nationals from China and Iran has been suspended at this time.
  • The U.S. Department of State has posted advisories about traveling TO specific countries and regions and recently upgraded their warnings for Italy, South Korea and Iran to level 3 — avoid nonessential travel, which also still applies to mainland China.
  • On March 11, the United States announced a travel ban for travelers from mainland Europe, as well as suspension of all flights to/from Europe for 30 days beginning Friday, March 13, at midnight, which now includes the United Kingdom and Ireland as of Saturday, March 14. 

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