SM County: Reducing Restrictions for Personal Gatherings, Bars, Lodging!

SM County: Reducing Restrictions for Personal Gatherings, Bars, Lodging!

San Miguel County announces that incidence rates allow for Level Blue to align with the state guidance heading into off-season.

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San Miguel County Public Health will amend the Level Blue order to align with the state’s capacity restrictions as it pertains to personal gatherings and bars.

Effective at 1 am on Monday, April 5, the new public health order modifies the following:

Bars: With six feet of distance between unrelated parties, up to 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer. If a bar is functioning as a restaurant, please refer to restaurant guidelines.
Personal gatherings: Follow CDC guidelines.
Lodging: Up to 85% monthly occupancy without limits to the number of people or households.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced plans to move Dial 3.0 regulation to the local level in the middle of the month. This will enable local public health agencies to take more local control over the dial level and capacity restrictions to best inform policy moving forward.

“Public Health modeling indicates the presence of variants could quickly undo the success of the community’s behavior change and vaccination efforts. The B.1.1.7 variant is prevalent in our community and is highly transmissible,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “Metrics suggest if we hold tight for just a little longer, we will have a more stable and calculated response resulting in a more stable economic impact of policy change as there will be less need for movement between levels going forward.”

Public Health will continue to analyze metrics regularly to apply appropriate measures to continue COVID-19 containment efforts. Public health orders will target protecting individual communities and monitoring individual behavior.

Public Health has confirmed four new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from March 31 through April 1. Of these cases, one is confirmed as a resident and all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation.

As of release time today, there have been 848 total COVID cases among residents to date with 3 active cases.

To learn more about the county’s current COVID-19 metrics, please visit the County COVID-19 dashboard.

• 86-year-old male, non-resident, asymptomatic, household
• 48-year-old male, non-resident, symptomatic, travel
• 13-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
• 12-year-old female, non-resident, symptomatic, household

Five Commitments of Containment:

• Wear a mask
• Maintain six feet of physical distance
• Minimize group size
• Wash hands frequently
• Stay home when sick and get tested

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