Fri Nov 6th, 2020
Tags: CDPHE, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Colorado economy, Health screening, Isolating and quarantining, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, mountain-specific activities, Physical distancing, ski areas and resorts, ski school cohorts/groups, Wearing Masks
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) finalized its guidance for ski areas and resorts today. The guidance goes into effect immediately. After releasing a draft of the guidance on Oct. 14, the state reviewed feedback from community members and organizations from across the state, and incorporated feedback into the finalized guidance.
Ski areas are a vital driver of the Colorado economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these areas also present unique challenges for controlling virus transmission. A successful ski season will require a strong partnership between ski areas, local governments, local businesses, and the state.
These guidelines draw from existing and well-known COVID-19 guidelines including:
Also established are some new baseline standards to create common expectations for mountain-specific activities such as:
“Outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding can be lower risk if done with proper precautions, both on and off the slopes,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “We have to proceed carefully and be willing to evolve if necessary. We’ve been grateful for the cooperation of ski and resort areas. Our top priority is the safety of Coloradans and ensuring the health care systems in these areas aren’t overrun.”