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Two Changes to 5 Star Program and New Public Health Order Requirement for Short Term Rentals

Contact Tracing Requirements for 5 Star Businesses

As one of the enhanced safety measures required of 5 Star certified business, contact tracing remains a crucial component of helping identify potentially exposed individuals and help slow the spread of the virus. However, in order to help prevent crowding at vestibules, host stations, and entryways, businesses no longer need to collect names and phone numbers for every single customer, instead they must collect a name and phone number for at least one member of each household.  This can help identify the number of households represented in a group and better disperse people.  This new protocol was vetted and accepted by Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Summit County Public Health. This new requirement is effective immediately.

In- House Alcohol Service at Restaurants

Effective on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:01am, Summit County Public Health will allow 5 Star certified restaurants to serve alcohol until 10:00pm. This extension of permitted in-house alcohol consumption may offer restaurants another incentive to obtain a 5 Star certification or to stay in the program, as restaurants without the certification must cease all on-premises alcohol sales and consumption by 9:30pm.

Takeout and delivery alcohol sales may continue until 10:30pm for all restaurants and there is no time cutoff for indoor dining, curbside pickup, takeout or delivery of food.

Short Term Lodging Requirement

Summit County Public Health issued an amended and restated Public Health Order to take effect at 12:01am, Friday, January 22, 2021.

Under the amended local Public Health Order, owners and/or entities responsible for booking and renting of short-term lodging units must confirm renters are aware of and are in compliance with the gathering size limits mandated by CDPHE PHO 20-36.

The new order simplifies the process of ensuring that renters are in compliance with the local public health order and to assist short-term lodging owners and managers. Confirmation should be made by requiring renters to sign, initial, or check-mark a document indicating they are aware of and in compliance with the gathering size limits. A sample STR Compliance Form is included.

The new local health order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., February 28, 2021. The order may be amended prior to that date should conditions improve or deteriorate, as indicated by Summit County’s COVID-19 case numbers, positivity rate, and hospitalizations.