What does “Safer at Home” look like for Salida?
Phase 1 Businesses Began Slow Reopening May 1
On April 27 Governor Jared Polis issued a new Public Health Order known as “Safer at Home”, which lifts some restrictions originally put in place by the state’s “Stay at Home” rules. This new, slow reopening of the state includes flexibility for local governments to implement their own guidelines, customized for the community and reflective of local COVID-19 cases that may be declining, which has been the case in Chaffee County.
“The City of Salida and local businesses rely on revenue from summer and fall tourists. That’s why it’s so important to follow the latest health guidelines now, so we can prepare to reopen and begin loosening restrictions over the next few months,” explained Salida Mayor, P.T. Wood. “We’re telling the community that we have one chance to slowly reopen or we’ll end up back where we started, with stricter quarantine orders in place like we experienced in March – and we don’t want that to happen.”
A phased approach to opening local businesses means that the community will still be able to effectively follow social-distancing practices while visiting some local businesses and completing essential tasks. The City of Salida is following Chaffee County’s lead and best-practice guidelines when it comes to allowing some businesses to reopen.
Phase 1 businesses allowed to open on May 1
- Personal services including salons, tattoo parlors, dog grooming, personal training
- Non-permitted construction
- Personal trainers (with less than 4 people)
- Art galleries
- Real estate
- Offices – Up to 50% of staff can work in person with social distancing in place starting May 4. Offices are encouraged to continue telecommuting through Phase 2.
The latest Safer at Home Order requires that vulnerable individuals remain at home, but allows limited reopening of certain businesses. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.
Effective May 1, Chaffee County Public Health amended and extended their Public Health Order for the entire County, including Salida. Below is an overview of the Order.
- Second Homeowners: Homeowners whose principal residence is outside Chaffee County may return to Chaffee County beginning May 16, 2020 (during Phase 2) provided they follow self-quarantine for at least 14 days prior to being in public.
- Travel Outside Chaffee County: Residents are encouraged not to travel outside of the County except for necessary travel. If you travel outside the County, you are encouraged to voluntarily self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
- Personal Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor recreation is permitted in groups of 10 or fewer people with social distancing practices in place. Travel for recreational purposes should be limited to Chaffee County. Playgrounds and playground equipment remain closed.
- Group Outdoor Recreation: All guiding and outfitting-related businesses may open May 1 for Chaffee County resident, but must follow strict social distancing requirements. See the County’s latest Order for details.
- Restaurants and Bars: Restaurants and bars are closed but may continue to provide curbside and delivery services.
- Gyms and Fitness Facilities: Gyms and fitness facilities are closed except for personal training sessions that follow strict social distancing requirements. See the County’s latest Order for details.
- Short-Term Lodging: Short-term lodging, including but not limited to hotels, motels, short-term rental (30 days or less), bed and breakfast establishments, lodges, retreats, campgrounds/recreational vehicle park and recreational camping, remain closed.
Visit chaffeecounty.org for a complete list of the latest rules and for specific guidelines related to face mask use in public. You can also follow Chaffee County on Facebook at facebook.com/COVID19ChaffeeCounty.