Updates & Alerts

The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board recognizes that travelers might be concerned about COVID-19 and how it might affect them.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10 to protect public health and our vulnerable populations and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Latest Information

The travel industry’s guiding principle is to seek and heed the most up-to-date expert guidance, and we urge the traveling public to do the same.

*July 22: Following Colorado Executive Order D 2020 138 (as amended July 16), several references to mask and cloth face coverings have been amended in Grand County PH Playbooks to update mask usage to match the state requirements. In addition, event sizes shall be decreased to the lower of 50% capacity or a maximum of 50 persons at Indoor Events and 125 persons at Outdoor Events with rigorous prevention measures in place. These maximum numbers represent the maximum allowable per venue unless Grand County Public Health approves a plan for multiple control areas within a venue. 
 

View July 22, 2020 Press Release
 
View July 22, 2020 Amendment Order

*June 29: To help the public better understand ​Grand County’s specific protective measures​, local public health officials have developed several simple documents and playbooks. These “live” documents are by design easily updated as conditions change and developments occur. The goal of these documents is to keep our community and visitors as safe as possible while allowing our economy to recover and grow. 

 

Best Practice Protective Measures
 
Grand County Suppression Plan & Playbooks
 
Grand County Protective Measures Quick Reference

It is important to remember that it is every individual’s personal and professional responsibility to make the right decisions and hold each other to the safest standards possible. Our ability to move into even less restrictive measures hinges on the continued success of our community’s commitment to best social distancing and hygiene practices.

*May 29: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved Grand County’s request for a variance from some of the provisions of their Safer at Home public health order that is in effect until June 1. Short-term rentals, places of worship and fitness facilities that choose to open for use may do so under the requirements and guidelines set forth in this May 29, 2020 Grand County Public Health Order (PHO).
 
view May 29, 2020 press release

*April 27: Grand County Public Health issued a ​Standing Public Health Order Implementing the COVID-19 Mitigation and Suppression Plan  on Monday, April 27, 2020. This order aligns with Governor Polis’ ​Safer at Home Executive Order​ and ​CDPHE Safer at Home Public  Health Order​ released on April 26. The Public Health Order is effective within the entirety of Grand County, including all towns  within Grand County. The Public Health Order became effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Visit the ​Safer At Home FAQ ​page at ​covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home-faq​.   

Short Term Rental Clarification: On April 24, Grand County Public Health extended its Short Term Lodging Order prohibiting short-term lodging facilities (hotels, motels, and short term  rentals) from operating through May 21, 2020. The intent was to allow all lodging operations in the county to open in time for  Memorial Day Weekend. Then, on April 26, the Governor and Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPH) came out with their Safer At Home Orders. The CDPHE Order  states that “critical accommodation” includes hotels and motels but excludes short term rentals and other privately-owned  residences for rent. ​Thus, because the more restrictive dates rules, hotels and motels will be allowed to open on May 22,  but STRS, Homeowner rentals and privately-owned residences for rent shall remain closed until at least May 26th (per the Governor's orders).
 
view April 28, 2020 public health order

*March 31: Grand County Public Health has issued a public health order on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 prohibiting all Short-Term Lodging (STR) operations from operating and taking new reservations until April 30, 2020 designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County; it also aligns with orders from the State of Colorado that were implemented on March 26, 2020. The Public Health Order will become effective Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. MST.
“This extreme measure is necessary to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community based on the data we are seeing in Grand County,” Medical Director, Dr. Darcy Selenke stated.

 

*March 25: Governor Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective 6 a.m. Thursday, March 26 through April 11. All of the state's more than 5,700,000 residents should only interact with people in their own households and should only leave their homes for essentials, such as groceries and medical care. Businesses deemed critical will be exempt from the order but will still be required to take social distancing measures.

*March 16: The Colorado state health department issues a public health order closing all bars and restaurants, but still allowing for takeout. This order is set to be in place for 30 days. Please contact individual businesses to find out hours and availability for delivery and takeout service.

*The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board, along with the Colorado Tourism Office, joins Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in taking measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve medical resources. By executive order, the Governor has closed Colorado ski resorts and areas through March 22. 

*Many group gatherings and events have been postponed. Travelers planning a visit should call their hotel and/or vendors for information specific to their travel plans.

*Denver International Airport (DEN) is currently not on the list of airports considered high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

*For questions regarding reservations, travelers should contact the respective business directly. View the ongoing list of Community Business Operations, including restaurants, recreation, retail, lodging and services, below.

 

Please note this information is subject to change at a moment's notice. All community businesses take the health and well-being of our guests and community seriously, and extra precautions are being taken by all.
 
community business operations
 

*For those in Grand County seeking business recovery and employment information, please visit the Work in Grand website.

visit workingrand.com
 

Additional Resources

For the latest travel alerts and warnings, visit the CDC webpage, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Info: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Colorado Tourism Office Travel & COVID-19 Info: https://www.colorado.com/colorado-travel-covid-19