Safer-at-Home and In the Vast, Great Outdoors
Late today Governor Polis signed an Executive Order, transitioning from Safer at Home to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors. Significantly, short term rentals may now also reopen as of June 1.
Colorado is still in the Safer-at-Home phase of this pandemic, and the state continues to recommend that everyone stay at home as much as possible.
“Our state has some of the most beautiful natural open spaces in the world and we want Coloradans to enjoy our vast, great outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It may feel like we are getting back to normal, but the virus is still here, and it could surge back the moment we let our guard down. We are still far from normal. Coloradans have to remain diligent, and must continue staying home or in the great outdoors away from others as much as possible, wearing masks when we leave the house, and washing our hands. Over these next few weeks, each and every one of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves and others, especially as we begin venturing out onto our trails and open space.”
Colorado Seeking Feedback on Draft Guidance for Places of Worship, Personal Recreation & the Outdoor Industry
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) also released draft guidance regarding houses of worship, outdoor recreation, and personal recreation and are seeking feedback by Wednesday, June 3, at noon. The draft guidance may be updated based on stakeholder feedback and will go in effect when announced as final on June 4.
- Places of Worship Draft Guidance— Submit feedback using this online form.
- Personal Recreation Draft Guidance— Submit feedback using this online form.
- Outdoor Industry Draft Guidance— Submit feedback using this online form.
State Updates to Personal Care & Child Care
The State revised the guidelines for personal services with the major change being that as of June 4, no more than 50 people at a time or a maximum of 50% occupancy, whichever is fewer, may be allowed.
As of June 4, Childcare Facilities may operate under their Department of Human Services license occupancy while maintaining a maximum of 10 children per group. This allows additional facilities to open or expand as increased workforce returns.
Short Term Rentals Open on June 1
As anticipated, Governor Polis’ just issued executive order also permits short term rentals to reopen beginning on June 1. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also released some guidance for short-term rentals.
Hotels and motels were already given the go ahead to open on June 1 but now short term rentals may reopen as well on June 1, while meeting specific public health and safety protocols outlined in appendix 1 of the amended Summit Public Health Order. The County has also provided more resources for the lodging industry on their COVID-19 business resource page including:
- Expedia Group Cleanliness Standards
- Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals
- American Hotel and Lodging Association Cleaning Standards
- State of Colorado Lodging Sanitation Guidance
Lodging owners and managers should read these protocols, as well as complying with, filling out, and posting the Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form. This protocols form does NOT need to be submitted but should be posted at all entrances, made available to employees, and provided on your website if appropriate. We recommend that you address the steps you are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on your websites; your diligence and hard work will instill confidence in your customers.
Lodging protocols include, but are NOT limited to:
- Lodging businesses should provide outreach and signage, as well as appropriate space configuration to ensure at least six (6) feet of physical distancing for guests, employees, and anyone who enters lodging properties (including construction workers, maintenance, vendors, suppliers, inspectors, etc).
- Guests, employees, vendors, and suppliers will be required to wear masks or facial coverings in common areas indoors, including outside public spaces where 6 feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained. Best practices include letting visitors know in advance about the requirement to wear facial coverings in public spaces so they are prepared and can feel confident about our efforts as a community to protect their health.
- Housekeeping services should be discontinued during guest stays to prevent transmission between rooms and to housekeeping staff.
- Lodging properties should place a spare change of towels, linens, pillows, and guest consumable items in each unit.
- All hard surfaces and high-touch areas should be completely disinfected with an EPA-registered chemical disinfectant when cleaning guest rooms.
- Lodging properties should consider providing guests with their own sanitation solutions or wipes to instill guest confidence (e.g., alcohol wipes for remote controls or shared surfaces).
- Lodging properties should endeavor to wait at least 24 hours before allowing any staff into any recently occupied unit.
- It is recommended that lodgers provide for at least 72 hours between rentals.
- Food service must be in compliance with current applicable Public Health Orders governing restaurants and food service.
- Lodging businesses must display appropriate signage at entrances, including the completed Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form and Town of Frisco Customer Signage Approved by Summit County.