The town of Vail, CO yesterday introduced drastic new measures to slow the spread of covid-19 and save the ski season, Vail Daily reports.
In an attempt to curb the constantly rising case numbers in Eagle County, town manager Scott Robson yesterday amended the original emergency order, limiting gatherings to only members of the same family. The new order will run through December 8th.
The order reads:
“Private gatherings may only include individuals from the same family. For indoor dining, only members of the same household may be seated together.”
Council officials revealed that the continued rise in cases results from private gatherings and not from bars, restaurants, and stores.
“If we all make a concerted effort in the next couple of weeks, we might have an impact on the season. We’re asking our neighbors to sacrifice a little right now… we believe we’ll prevail by having a full season.”
– Councilmember Jenn Bruno
Eagle County currently sits at Level Orange (High Risk) on the state’s covid-19 dial. Level Orange restrictions require that restaurants and retail stores run at 25% capacity. Neighboring Summit County, home to Breckenridge, Copper, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone ski areas, is currently in Level Red (Severe Risk). The only Level higher than that, Purple, would essentially be a ‘stay at home’ order, shuttering all ski resorts.
Vail Mountain opened for the season last Friday, and Beaver Creek opens tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25.