Effects from the Coronavirus, and COVID-19 continue.
You can’t go out to eat. Governor Jared Polis has ordered all bars and restaurants in Colorado to shut down dine-in service. You can still do take-out orders. All large gathering spaces statewide have to close, including theaters, casinos, and gyms. It starts today for the next 30 days. The state health department has issued the orders in an effort to slow down and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado communities.
Mobile testing for COVID-19 will start in Northwest Colorado later this week. That’s according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Routt County has been chosen by the state health department as the second location of a testing site. The first one is Telluride. The testing site will be set up with help from the Colorado National Guard.
The Moffat County Health Department is recommending canceling or postponing all gatherings of 50 people or more. This is for the next eight weeks. It doesn’t include day-to-day operations of organizations such as schools, colleges, or businesses. It’s a way to reduce the introduction of the virus into new communities within Colorado and to slow the spread of the infection in those communities that already have it. Moffat County has not had any reported cases of the virus. Routt County has reported two cases, from visitors to the area.
- In Moffat County, the libraries will be temporarily closed starting today, until further notice.
- The Health Fair at Memorial Regional Health has been canceled. It will be rescheduled.
- Moffat County 4-H is excusing all 4-H Community Club and 4-H Project Group meetings, effectively immediately. Leaders can meet before March 23 but member attendance is not mandatory. Then all meetings will stop until April 10. And that date could be extended by the CSU Extension office.
- The Children’s Festival on April 4 at Centennial Mall is postponed.
- All Aging Well classes with Northwest Colorado Health are canceled until further notice.
The moratorium on all spring sports continues at all high schools statewide. It’s in place through April 6. The Steamboat Springs Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe sent a message Monday afternoon that coaches cannot organize teams, run workouts or conditioning, there can be no team gatherings, like team dinners, and no physical contact such as with open gyms, weightlifting and off-site workouts. All high school facilities are also closed. All school sponsored activities will either be rescheduled or canceled.
A Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency has been put in place by the City of Steamboat Springs. This means the city is closing all public access to city facilities to protect employees from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Routt County is also restricting public access to its buildings downtown in the old courthouse.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has announced that all seasonal employees will be given a week’s worth of pay, since the mountain closed early. The last day was Saturday.
Colorado Mountain College students on all campuses were on spring break last week. They’re staying on break for an extra week, to take precautions.
All DMV offices in the state are closed through April 18.