Hello Community Partners,
Today the Pitkin County Board of Health voted to implement Red level restrictions across most sectors while maintaining operating capacity for restaurants over the next two weeks. Restaurants will continue to operate at 25% occupancy with a 9:30 p.m. last call and 10:00 p.m. closure but are limited to only seating single households.
Cases in Pitkin County are exponentially increasing. In the past seven days the disease investigation team has logged 162 new cases. 50% of all of Pitkin County’s COVID-19 cases since March have been reported in the past month and 20% in the past seven days. Currently Pitkin County has one of the highest incidence rates on the Western slope. While other counties have seen a plateau or decreasing trend in their numbers, Pitkin County has continued to see a staggering increase in its incidence rate and a special Board of Health meeting was called today to address the concerns.
“These red level restrictions with capacity for restaurants to still operate is what we need - everything we can do outside of a total shutdown,” said Torre, City of Aspen Mayor. “If each one of us does our part, we can be successful to slow disease transmission in our community.”
Pitkin County Restrictions under new Public Health Order:
Personal gathering sizes are reduced to zero. Only congregate with your own household. This applies to all lodging reservations and accommodations.
Restaurants permitted to operate at 25% occupancy with 9:30 p.m. last call and 10 p.m. closure
Only seat groups of same households
Group camps - virtual or outdoors no more than 10.
Critical and non-critical retail - 50% capacity with curbside pickup encouraged
Personal services - 25% capacity up to 25 people
Office - 10% capacity
Gyms - 10% capacity up to 10 people per room. Reservations required.
No indoor events as of 12/20. No additional indoor Event Safety Plans will be accepted.
Indoor Events with an ESP submitted as of yesterday (12/20/20) are permitted.
ESP's submitted after 12/20/20 for Indoor Events will not be permitted.
Outdoor events are still permitted at 25% capacity or 60 people
Outdoor guided services - 25% capacity up to 10 people
Traveler Affidavit: All persons traveling, including residents, are required to complete the Traveler Affidavit (including testing and quarantine requirements) if they have been gone from Pitkin County for more than 10 days.
What is a household?
Anyone who currently lives in and shares common spaces in your housing unit (house or apartment)
Households can include family members and or people who aren’t related to you, like roommates
People who don’t currently live with you (for example, college students who return home from school on breaks) are part of different households.
To receive information on COVID-19 in Pitkin County, text PitkinAlerts or CVIRUS at 888-777 to receive local information (https://bit.ly/37F7nqG) and sign up for the state of Colorado COVID notification application at (https://bit.ly/34wfkwm).
These updates to the Public Health Order will go into effect tomorrow. Thank you for your partnership with PItkin County Public Health in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and tireless work keeping our community safe. Let us know if you have any questions.
AJH is super excited that we have strict clearance for individual skills & drills sessions to start back this Friday, the 4th. The session is not mandated, and ice slots are for individual performance drills.
Please beware that this will be zero tolerance for individuals who are at these sessions. You will have to follow the guidelines below; if you are unable, the individual age session will forfeit that time slot. PLEASE follow this to keep all individuals to have the opportunity to be on the ice for these workouts.
· Athletes to arrive half dressed
· You may ONLY enter the facility (Lewis & Ice Garden) 15 minutes before the ice session time; no exceptions
· Mask MUST be worn at all times entering and exiting the facility
· Masks MUST be on at all times while on ice. (AJH can provide a CCM mask that attaches to your helmet if needed)
· Athletes need to exit the facility within 15 minutes of their ice time ending
· Individuals to bring their water bottle
· Temp checks to be taken before entering facilities
· DO NOT come to ice sessions if you do not feel well
· Social distancing must be adhered to on and off the ice
· Managers to keep trace logging for each session
We're very appreciative of the City and County's support to extend this safety plan for individuals to return to the ice; once again, please make sure your athlete is aware of all mandated guidelines.
Aspen Junior Hockey
Aspen Junior Hockey Families-
I hope you're keeping safe and doing well. AJH wanted to provide an update to you all as we see the shift in COVID-19 cases. With the surge hitting our community, the City of Aspen regrettably informed us that the Aspen Recreation Center would be closing for two weeks starting at 6 AM Wednesday, November 18th. Unfortunately for our youth, it'll be disappointing, but we hope it is short-lived. With some optimism, AJH expects our community can bounce back during this time, and we'll soon have the opportunity to be back in the rink before we know it. Aspen Junior Hockey appreciates each member's support and for entrusting your athletes with our program in their development. At the same time, we'll continue to do our best to keep them as safe as possible in these times.
We continue to talk with the City and their staff, and we'll keep our fingers crossed this shift goes back into our favor soon. AJH hopes our programs can return to our planned schedule Wednesday, December 2nd. We’ll continue to inform our members as soon as we hear more.
We wish everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
Please see below the message from the ARC
Due to the increasing number of COVID infections, we are required to move to the Orange level, with stricter capacity limits on restaurants, retail establishments, places of worship, gyms, group sports, and events on November 18th. According to CDPHE’s guidelines, Level Orange restrictions include (but are not limited to):
· Places of worship would be limited to 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors, not to exceed 50 people per room, whichever is less.
To our Pitkin County Community:
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Pitkin County received official notification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that recent trends in the local spread of COVID-19 could result in the community being moved to the High Risk: Safer At Home, or “Orange” category of the state’s COVID Dial Dashboard. The county has two weeks to bring the community’s metrics back down.
The COVID case incidence rate continues to climb across the state. While some of our neighboring counties have seen incidence rates in the red dial level the past week, Pitkin County has seen incidence rates rise to the orange dial level. As of November 9, 2020, the incidence rate for Pitkin County has risen to 259 cases per 100,000 population. According to information gathered during case investigations by Public Health, the area of biggest concern continues to be disease transmission occurring during private social gatherings, like backyard parties and get-togethers and going to work when sick.
As expected, Pitkin County has been notified to consider “mitigation and containment measures immediately.” This represents the first notification from state partners that Pitkin County is no longer in compliance with the Yellow level of the state’s dial and therefore has limited time to level off and decrease case rates before the state will take action.
We know it’s been a long road and many of us are feeling ‘COVID-19 fatigue’, but we have to talk about our path forward. As a community, we have a choice in what our next few months look like. We can come together to make a concerted effort to:
Follow the Five Commitments of Containment
Interact with only those in your household - do your best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of your homes throughout the month of November
Don’t go to work sick- employers can stress the importance of symptom checks and encourage those with symptoms to get tested. Employers should also consider allowing employees to work from home when feasible, discouraging carpooling, and preventing employees from gathering in indoor spaces like break rooms.
If we can’t reverse the current trend of increasing number of COVID infections, we will be required to move to the Orange level, with stricter capacity limits on restaurants, retail establishments, places of worship, gyms, group sports, and events. According to CDPHE’s guidelines, Level Orange restrictions include (but are not limited to):
Retail locations would be limited to 25% capacity.
Restaurants would be limited to 25% capacity or 50 people per room, whichever is less.
Offices would be limited to 25% of their employees being able to work in person.
Gyms and fitness centers would be limited to 25% capacity or 25 people indoors, or outdoors in groups less than 10.
Group sports would be limited to virtual or outdoors in groups less than 10.
Outdoor events would be limited to 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is less. Indoor events would be limited to 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is less.
Places of worship would be limited to 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors, not to exceed 50 people per room, whichever is less.
We have a brief window of opportunity to get our cases under control. So let’s make a choice to take back control of our path ahead. Everyone can help keep our community open by wearing a mask, staying 6 feet from others who don’t live with you, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, getting tested if you have symptoms, and getting a flu shot. Do it for yourself and for your loved ones, and for all of our fellow Pitkin County neighbors who want to get back to something more like normal. Let’s curb this spike and go into the winter season with health, hope and happiness.
Pitkin County Public Health
Five Commitments To Containment:
1. Maintain 6 feet of distance from anyone not in your household.
2. Wash your hands often.
3. Wear a mask in public.
4. Stay home when sick.
5. Seek testing immediately and self-report if you experience symptoms.
For general questions about COVID-19, please call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO-HELP) at 1-877-462-2911, 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. You can also email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
AJH wants to keep everyone informed. The guidelines currently with the Lewis Ice Arena/ARC and our continued guidelines that have not changed from our current protocols must be adhered to for this event to take place. Please see below: