During a meeting yesterday Pitkin County in Colorado, home to Aspen Snowmass ski area, voted to ban indoor dining and move into Red Level restrictions. The Board of Health decided against a ‘full shutdown’ meaning Aspen Snowmass ski area will remain open for now.
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The dining restrictions, to include ski area restaurants, will come into effect at midnight on Sunday. A petition to keep Aspen’s restaurants open had achieved 3,400 signatures by Monday evening.
“Pitkin County has the second-highest incidence rate in the state, which means one in 35 residents are currently infected with COVID-19. This is impacting our ability to reach agreed-upon community goals that include in-person learning, indoor economic activity (restaurants/retail), increased transportation capability, and winter tourism.”
– Pitkin County press release
Other measures to be enforced request that ski areas improve mask and distancing measures and must continue to monitor capacity. Should the agreed capacity be exceeded, a reservation system must be introduced. Lodging capacity has been limited to 50% and reservations must be limited to a single household.
Restaurants are being encouraged to offer takeout, curbside, or delivery options instead. Outdoor dining is allowed to continue, until 8 pm.