The Pitkin County Board of Public Health voted Tuesday to ease some of the current stay-at-home rules as part of the county's Roadmap to Reopening. The plan has been developed with input from the Medical Advisory Team of Aspen Valley Hospital. On Saturday, May 9, Pitkin County residents can expect to see some of the stay-at-home restrictions dialed back as the county begins to fall in line with the state's Safer-at-Home policies.
Residents are still being advised to avoid non-essential travel and stay at home when they can, but groups of 10 will be allowed to gather as part of the new order, and more offices and retailers will be allowed to open up if they meet social distancing and sanitary guidlines. The new order also allows for elective and preventative medical procedures to once again take place, as well as limited real estate showings. Pitkin County residents can travel within the Roaring Fork Valley and its associated valleys for recreation.
Notable restrictions that won't change include a temporary halt on short-term rentals and limiting non-resident travel to the Roaring Fork Valley. Public health officials are also asking anyone feeling sick to stay home even as some rules loosen, and that social distancing—and face coverings in public—should still be a common practice. Anyone that feels sick should immediately contact their healthcare provider for testing.
Pitkin County officials will be hosting two virtual town halls to answer local business owners' concerns about reopening on Wednesday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. on Zoom. Participants can log in by dialing the access code 827 3256 6964. They can also call in to the meeting by dialing 1-669-900-6833.