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COVID-19 HHRC Update: Public Health Advisory

December 17, 2020

Information shared from Grand Country Public Health

Public Health Advisory

GRAND COUNTY, CO – Since November 19, 2020 personal gathering limits in short-term rental properties and lodging in Grand County have been in place, including capacity restrictions for short-term lodging that enacted a household limit on private gatherings and stays. On December 4, 2020, Grand County Public Health (GCPH) issued an Amendment Order that included a capacity restriction for short-term lodging limiting private gatherings and stays to one (1) household. This restriction to one (1)  household per short-term rental property and other short-term lodging accommodations remains in place through at least January 4, 2021. For the protection of the human and economic health of Grand County, and to avoid further pandemic related restrictions on businesses and lodging in the county, it is extremely important that these guidelines continue to be followed.

Because GCPH has identified a high probability of disease transmission through prolonged indoor public or private gatherings with multiple households, a continuance of these restrictions are meant to promote the continuing decline in our case rate as well as work to ensure Grand County stays within the parameters needed for the forthcoming 5-star program. Therefore, mixing families in lodging accommodations threatens not only individual health, but the economic health of Grand County during the holidays and high tourist season.

It is recognized, however, that there are lodging reservations booked prior to November 19, 2020 that may involve more than one family.  In this instance:

  • It is recommended and encouraged that additional, separate accommodations be secured to separate living quarters for each family.
  • As this may not always be possible, for any lodging reservations booked prior to November 19, 2020 that include more than one family in the same rental unit
    • Masks be worn while inside the lodging accommodations as much as possible consistent with guidelines and requirements in place for use of masks in public places;
    • Occupants should make every effort to ensure social distancing and physical separation between families, including not mixing families when sleeping in bedrooms, not sharing bathrooms, washing hands, not touching faces and cleaning surfaces regularly.

With the exception of indoor events, gatherings and short-term lodging, Grand County will remain in Level Orange capacities and restrictions. We encourage community members and visitors to not negate the progress made with irresponsible actions.