Aspen Skiing Co. announced yesterday that they will require all employees to get fully vaccinated before the start of the winter season, the Aspen Times reported.
The company, in conjunction with Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH), said that all winter employees must be fully vaccinated by November 15th (10/31 for AVH). The requirement will be a conditon of workers’ employment, unless they offer legitimate reasons to opt out (religious or medical).
“While 90% of us [current Skico employees] have been vaccinated, we remain exposed in certain departments and as a community given how easily the Delta variant spreads. We all value autonomy and freedom of choice in this country. However, when our individual choices affect the wellbeing of our fellow employees and community members, as an organization we must look through a broader lens that prioritizes our collective safety and wellbeing.”
– Aspen Skiing Co. CEO Mike Kaplan
The requirement follows President Biden’s announcement that employers with more than 100 employees must mandate vaccines, or weekly covid tests.
As far as we are aware, Aspen is the first ski area in North America to make vaccinations a condition of workers’ employment.