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Posted on: December 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pitkin County implements stricter measures ahead of peak holiday season


PITKIN COUNTY - The Pitkin County Board of Health today voted today 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 sports or 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.
  • Events:
    • No indoor events as of 12/22. 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 live 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 to 888-777 to receive local information ( and sign up for the state of Colorado COVID notification application at (

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