What to Know About COVID-19 and Colorado Travel

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Visit Vail Valley understands travelers may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. We will be sharing the latest information on this page as we receive it.

Travel Recommendations

Colorado Visitors:

In response to COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted a statewide “Stay At Home” order effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. The restriction will remain in place until April 11. The only exceptions involve essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments.

Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Many of the state’s key tourism attractions are closed including ski resorts, restaurants and bars, arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues, sports arenas and select national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park. While ‘escaping’ to the great outdoors and more rural parts of the state may seem like a logical idea, Colorado’s rural destinations and mountain communities have limited medical facilities and personnel and need to reserve them for their residents. Non-essential travel is discouraged at this time.

Colorado Tourism Office joins Governor Polis and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in taking measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve medical resources. Colorado Tourism Office has suspended operations for all 10 Colorado Welcome Centers until further notice.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you to Colorado when it is safe to travel once again.

Vail Resorts & the Ski Season:

Vail Resorts to close North American Resorts for the 2019-20 Ski Season: click here to see information from Vail Resorts.

Eagle County Visitors: 

Due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly recommends that anyone who lives in or has visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties between March 8-March 15, 2020 should minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. 

If you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, and shortness of breath), you must be isolated for at least 7-10 days after the onset of symptoms. It is only safe to leave isolation if your symptoms are improving and you don’t have a fever for 72 hours immediately prior to the end of your isolation. Isolation may be longer for individuals who have more severe illness or who work in high-risk occupations like health care.

Community transmission is likely increasing across the state, so these measures are important to implement everywhere but are particularly urgent for residents and visitors of mountain communities that are already experiencing high rates of community transmission. Read the full press release from CDPHE here.

Traveling Domestically:

CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, including Colorado, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19.*

Domestic, and most international travelers, should not be discouraged from continuing to plan and take vacations in the state.

*Denver International Airport (DEN) and Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) are currently not on the list of airports considered high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Federal public health officials have issued NO warnings or restrictions on travel anywhere in the U.S.

  • U.S. officials have restricted travel FROM certain countries with pronounced COVID-19 outbreaks and is screening arrivals to the U.S. who may have traveled in affected areas in the last 14 days. Entry of foreign nationals from China and Iran has been suspended at this time.
  • The U.S. Department of State has posted advisories about traveling TO specific countries and regions and recently upgraded their warnings for Italy, South Korea and Iran to level 3—avoid nonessential travel, which also still applies to mainland China.
  • For the latest travel alerts and warnings, visit the CDC webpage, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

Precautions for Travelers

Our priority is keeping all Coloradans and visitors to our state safe. The CTO is in contact with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. With this evolving situation, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and these public health authorities.

When it comes to the American public, the CDC is consistent in its precaution to practice everyday preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as is typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season.

*Travelers should stay informed and take simple preventive actions.

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

If you are visiting Colorado and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start showing symptoms (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), follow the steps below:

  • Stay inside your lodging/residence: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your lodging/residence, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Avoid public areas as much as possible.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Call ahead before visiting a doctor. Call your medical provider or a nurse line first and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

*At-risk groups are older individuals and those with serious chronic medical conditions, who should take extra precautions.

With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities.