May 22, 2020 – Work is underway to create the next iteration of Eagle County’s public health order in response to COVID-19. In alignment with the county’s Transition Trail Map, the transition to the “Blue” Phase will loosen some restrictions that have been in place since April 27. As some restrictions are rolled back, Eagle County officials note the importance of residents and business leaders continuing to meet social distancing requirements. Eagle County has requested a variance to the State Public Health Order, to move into the Blue Phase on May 25th.
While the new public health order is not yet finalized, county officials understand that businesses need some lead time to prepare to either open or change their operations. Additionally, since the proposed revisions are less strict than the state’s Safer at Home order, a variance request has been submitted and is currently under review. This variance request must be approved before new orders can be adopted. A preview of some of the proposed changes follows:
The Blue Phase effective date is planned for May 25th.
This date is four weeks after the implementation of the Green Phase, and current disease surveillance is showing the county will be prepared to take this next step. Meeting this date will be contingent on keeping the disease spread of COVID-19 at manageable levels. It will also be contingent on personal responsibility of both businesses and the general public complying with social distancing protocols. These contingencies must be met in order to gain a new exemption approval for Eagle County’s plan from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
6 feet of distance is still required between non-household members.
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Community members are reminded that personal responsibility also means people must make the best decisions for themselves. Officials caution that just because restrictions on certain businesses and activities have loosened, it does not mean those who are uncomfortable or are in high-risk categories for COVID-19 should participate.
Additional information will be available as the new public health order is finalized. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-328-9750.
As always, Eagle County's ability to implement this new Public Health Order is entirely dependent on:
State approval of Eagle County's variance request
Status: Eagle County submitted our variance request to CDPHE on May 11th. We have not yet received approval from the State.
Disease spread remaining at manageable levels
Status: Disease spread remains low and steady.
Personal responsibility - Community compliance with commitments and social distancing protocols
Status: Collaboration from residents, local businesses, and response partners remains strong
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.
Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information from Eagle County regarding applying for financial assistance.
BUSINESSES - Please visit the Business Resources page, and review the document detailing the newly available grant and loan programs available to small businesses. Their new website for these resources just launched, and the application window for some of these programs just opened as of April 3rd.
“We are all experiencing an unprecedented time of uncertainty, but we need to recognize that this is not about ourselves, it is about our entire community, and doing our part to help reduce the spread of this virus so that we can return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe remains the highest priority and Minturn needs to lead by example by following CDC, CDPHE, and County guidelines so that we do not overwhelm our healthcare system, and to help protect our loved ones and the people in our community that are the most at risk. I am optimistic that with Minturn and the rest of our communities taking the proper precautions, we can get back to a sense of stability in the very near future.” - John Widerman, Mayor of Minturn, Colorado.
For more information on COVID-19, updates from Eagle County’s Department of Public Health and the Environment, and additional resources, go online to www.ecemergency.org or the Eagle County Press Information Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/eaglecountypio/. For all general questions about COVID-19, call CO-Help 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and other languages.