EAGLE COUNTY IMPLEMENTS NEW COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER
SIGNAGE - In addition to the County-mandated signage explained below, we'd like to offer our local businesses a downloadable "We're Open" sign, which also details social distancing and other safety guidelines. Access the sign HERE (Allow a moment for it to load). These can be professionally printed in a larger, poster size, or you can print in house. If you need assistance, please contact Cindy Krieg at Town Hall (970-827-5645 x5, [email protected]).
July 2, 2020 - Eagle County Public Health and Environment has updated the county’s Public Health Order regarding COVID-19. In alignment with the county’s Transition Trail Map and with modifications in accordance with a variance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the move to the “Black Diamond” Phase will take place on July 3.
Current disease surveillance data has pushed Eagle County into a cautious state with recent increases in spread noted in the county and region. In addition, state and national transmission data continues to increase with several states slowing down their reopening plan in advance of the holiday weekend. “Our ability to keep the virus in check and slow the spread at a community level is based on our individual behaviors,” said Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “The recent increases in Eagle County warrant everyone’s caution. Whether you are a local or a visitor, we want you to reduce contact with others and remain vigilant with the Five Commitments of Containment.”
-I will maintain 6 feet of distance
-I will wash my hands often
-I will cover my face in public
-I will stay home when I am sick
-I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms
The revised Eagle County Public Health Order reflects these current disease trends and holds gatherings sizes at lower levels than originally requested in the variance sent to the CDPHE, while also implementing a requirement for face coverings in public indoor settings.
Specifically, group sizes are limited to up to 100 people indoors and 175 people outdoors as long as 6 feet of distance between non-household members can be maintained.
In addition, the previous guidance that recommended face coverings in public indoor spaces is now a requirement. “We are taking this step now to protect the progress we’ve made, as well as our near- and long-term goals of a successful school year, ski season and beyond,” said Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry. “We believe the potential inconvenience of wearing masks is a small price to pay to protect that future.”
All community members are strongly encouraged to read the entire order. Notable changes include:
-Allows gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 175 people outdoors. Six feet of distance will still be required between non-household members. Multiple groups may be allowed in separate spaces indoors, or with 20 feet of distance between groups outdoors.
-Requires customers and guests to wear face coverings when entering any place of business or public indoor environment, and requires all individuals to wear face coverings in public outdoor spaces when less than 6 feet of physical distance from non-household members is expected to continue for 15 minutes or longer.
-Removes capacity limits for short-term lodging. Six feet of distance will still be required for non-household members.
-Continues requirements that all visitors be free of any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 10 days prior to arrival in Eagle County.
-Continues isolation requirements for people who are sick and quarantine requirements for people who have been exposed to someone who is sick.
The county has updated its Business Toolkit and its Q&A resource to help with the transition. A communitywide education campaign geared toward visitors is also being deployed.
Also, in the coming weeks Eagle County Public Health and Environment will update its COVID-19 monitoring dashboard to include additional demographic data. The new information is intended to help provide insights into how the disease is affecting the community, and greater access to data used to make public health decisions.
Regular updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org. The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email [email protected] or call 970-328-9750.
As always, Eagle County's ability to implement this new Public Health Order is entirely dependent on disease spread remaining at manageable levels, as well as Personal responsibility - Community compliance with commitments and social distancing protocols.
REMINDER TO BUSINESSES - The order allows more businesses to open in addition to previously allowed essential businesses, as long as the business can meet the requirements of the order. All businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
Minturn Town Hall is open to the public, with standard operating hours of 8am - 5pm, M-F (Excluding holidays). We recommend that you call or email first, to see if your needs can be handled without in-person contact.
- Statewide SBDC Resources specific to COVID-19 response are being compiled and updated here: www.coloradosbdc.org/covid
- County-specific business information including tools that can help business owners anywhere is compiled here: Eagle County
- Updates from the Northwest SBDC will be published most quickly here: www.facebook.com/NWCOSBDC
Save Small Business Coalition
As Vail Valley Partnership, we view ourselves as first responders to the Eagle County Business Community. As we continue deeper into this time of uncertainty, the Chamber knows that the one thing you need right now to keep your business afloat is cash, period. To do something about this, we, along with over 80 chambers of commerce and business association, have joined the Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC).
Many businesses do not qualify for disaster loan programs and some can’t afford to incur additional debt. The SSBC believes that with a federally funded backstop to cover the business continuity expenses through defined grants to business owners impacted, insurance carriers and agents could potentially act as a distribution center for funds and likely help define the terms of the grants based on their experience as claims payors and policy writers.
The coalition advocates that Government funding be provided to the insurance carriers for a streamlined process without adversely impacting the overall insurance safety net. In addition to engaging the government, SSBC is seeking the collaborative support of not only Chamber of Commerce members across the country but many of the largest insurance industry associations representing carriers, agents and brokers. The faster all of these organizations can collaborate and work together to find a federally funded solution for small business continuity that can be dispersed immediately to small businesses, the quicker the vital heartbeat of the American economy can be saved.