Bill Linn, Pitkin County IMT PIO
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March 18, 2020
ASPEN – You may have heard of the state rules on gathering sizes and restaurants, but today Pitkin County is updating the county’s current COVID-19 health order to align with, and strengthen, those state guidelines.
Important changes include extending the deadline to April 17, and limiting gatherings and events to no more than 10 people. (Please see attached copy of order).
To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Pitkin County Public Health updated the county’s health order today directing restaurants and other sites to stop in-house service for the next 30 days. This move was made jointly with Eagle County.
In alignment with an order from Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis, the new county order is directed at most venues, particularly around food service. These venues are directed to close for in-house food service, except for take-out services.
“This update expands our original order to be aligned with the guidance from the governor’s office,” Pitkin County Public Health Director, Karen Koenemann, said Tuesday. The order is effective immediately. “We will continue to monitor and evaluate needs for extending the timeline and service coverage.”
Recognizing the need for essential public services, Koenemann said the orders are not directed at these services in the community. Public transit, some governmental services such as clerk and recorder offices, gas stations, medical services and hospitals, law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, banks, grocery stores, and pharmacies are all allowed and encouraged to remain open as long as they are following the public health order guidelines for social distancing and transmission risk mitigation to the extent possible.
SUMMARY OF THE ORDER
· No events are allowed greater than 10 people.
· No gatherings of any size at most places where this is normally done, like bars and churches. Food service locations are allowed to provide takeout and delivery of food as long as they comply with other rules. Up to five persons are allowed in the business for the purpose of picking up food service, when social distancing rules are complied with (six feet of
· Events less than 10 people are not allowed unless all the other rules regarding social distancing and disease transmission prevention are met.
· Exemptions are plentiful, but specific. See the order. General retail stores that are not essential services are allowed to remain open if they meet the requirements on mitigation risk.
· Construction remains allowed, if they meet the risk mitigation guidelines.