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What to Know About COVID-19 and Colorado Travel

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The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority and the Colorado Tourism Office is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado. *In response to COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted a statewide "Stay At Home" order effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. The restriction will remain in place until April 11. *The only exceptions involve essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments.

*Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Non-essential travel is discouraged at this time.

*Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you to Colorado when it is safe to travel once again.

 

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The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority and the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado.
 
*In response to COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted a statewide "Stay At Home" order effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. The restriction will remain in place until April 11. The only exceptions involve essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments. .

*Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Many of the state's key tourism attractions are closed including ski resorts, restaurants and bars, arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues, sports arenas and select national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park.

*While 'escaping' to the great outdoors and more rural parts of the state may seem like a logical idea, Colorado's rural destinations and mountain communities have limited medical facilities and personnel and need to reserve them for their residents. Non-essential travel is discouraged at this time.

*Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you to Colorado when it is safe to travel once again.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10 to protect public health and our vulnerable populations and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In support of this goal, Colorado Tourism Office has suspended operations for all 10 Colorado Welcome Centers until further notice.

All downhill ski areas and resorts in Colorado are closed, as well as many visitor attractions, museums, performance venues and retail stores. Please consult their website or contact them for more information.

*Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. Park visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Rocky Mountain National Park at www.nps.gov/romo and continue to enjoy the park through its webcams. Colorado's other three national parks, eight national monuments and 41 state parks remain open at this time. 

Governor Polis has restricted Colorado restaurants and bars from providing dine-in service through April 15. *Until then, restaurants can serve food and alcoholic drinks through deivery, take-out, curbside and drive through service. Many hotels are providing room service. *For a list of Denver-area restaurants currently offering these services, visit ToGoDenver.com. 

*Per guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, social gatherings of 10 or more should be canceled or postponed. Please check with event organizers for more information. 

A list of reported cases in Colorado can be found here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/case-data

Travelers planning a visit should call their hotel and/or winter resort and local visitors bureau for information specific to their location.

In general, the traveling public is advised to follow guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities. 

CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, including Colorado, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19.

For additional recommendations from the CDC regarding COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Precautions for Travelers

Our priority is keeping all Coloradans and visitors to our state safe. 

*Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Many of the state's key tourism attractions are closed including ski resorts, restaurants and bars, arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues, sports arenas and select national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park.

The CTO is in contact with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. *With the Statewide Stay at home order in place, all non-essential travel is discouraged. Travel should be limited to  essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments.

Our priority is keeping travelers and the people of our state safe. We are urging all to exercise personal responsibility to protect public health, especially populations at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.  
Everyone's daily preventative actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness. *At this time, that means staying home.

Impact on Colorado Travel Industry

*The Polis administration, along with other state, local and federal authorities, has taken a wide array of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, prevent further spread, and protect against overwhelming our health resources.

*The economic impacts of COVID-19 are significant, and threaten to undermine the economic stability of many Coloradans and local businesses. The period of economic disruption must be minimized by minimizing the spread of the virus. We must take action to shore up economic security, employment, community cohesion, and community recovery.

There is resiliency in travel. Typically, a trough during a crisis is followed by a strong rebound. Hotel room demand surged in 2004 after SARS, international travel to the U.S. increased 12%, domestic demand increased 4%.

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Resources

Center for Disease Control:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Info:
https://covid19.colorado.gov/

General questions about COVID-19:
Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email [email protected], for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.

Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center: https://choosecolorado.com/covid19/

Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Disaster Relief: https://pikespeaksbdc.org/what-we-do/programs/disaster-relief/

SBDC Hotline: (303)860-5881

The U.S. Travel Association:
Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19)