Eagle County, the first Colorado county to get permission to ease the state’s stay-at-home restrictions, has proposed revisions and submitted a new request to further ease public health rules in the county.
“Work is underway to create the next iteration of Eagle County’s public health order in response to COVID-19,” county officials said in a Friday news release.
Transitioning to what the county described as the “Blue Phase” will “loosen some restrictions that have been in place since April 27,” the release said.
The Blue Phase effective date is planned for May 25 and is contingent on keeping the spread of COVID-19 at manageable levels and on the continued practice of social distancing in the general public and at businesses.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will have to approve the plan, and its contingencies, in order for the phase to be implemented.
Provisions of the Blue Phase will include:
- The number of people allowed to gather together will be raised to 50
- Six-feet distancing will still be required between non-household members
- Dine-in service at restaurants and bars will be allowed at a reduced capacity
- Indoor dining seating will be limited to 50% of seating capacity
- Outdoor dining seating capacity will be unlimited, providing 6-foot distancing is met
Lodging — hotels and motels — in the county will reopen at 50% capacity, according to the plan, and discussions are underway about vacation rental properties.
Outdoor recreation businesses and guided tours will reopen with compliance to social distancing requirements. Areas and businesses with high-touch equipment, such as playgrounds, will open with social distancing compliance required.
Summer camps will be allowed to open with mitigating measures including size limitations, cleaning guidelines, and symptom screenings for teachers, counselors and attendees. Swimming pools that use chlorine or bromine will reopen at 50% capacity. Saltwater pools will remain closed.
County plans for a “Black Phase,” with further easements, are targeted for June 22.
Eagle County guidance on face coverings remains consistent with the current Green Phase, which strongly recommends the use of face coverings in indoor public spaces. It also requires mask use for employees in certain professions where 6 feet of social distancing can’t be maintained.
Residents are urged to wash their hands often, stay at home when sick, and seek immediate testing if COVID-19 symptoms surface.
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