Colorado Travel & COVID-19

The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority

COVID Update

Please visit www.ClearCreekCounty.us for updates from the Clear Creek County Board of Health.

May 20, 2021

At a Special Meeting held on May 20, 2021, the Clear Creek County Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health (BOH), voted 2 to 1 to approve BOH Resolution 21-04 which rescinds all aspects of the BOH Standing Public Health Order 21-03 relating to face coverings, but maintains all aspects of the Order applicable to contact tracing.  Resolution 21-04 went into effect at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

For more information, please visit: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1173/COVID-19-Homepage

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Please Support our Small Businesses through Dine-In Service,  ToGo Orders, Curbside Pickup, or Carryout and keep Colorado’s mountain communities alive!

April 30, 2021

Due to the ever-changing nature related COVID policies and procedures, please check individual websites. For local health orders, please visit the Clear Creek County Government webpage

For questions and additional information, contact:

Rebecca Abrahamson
Public Health Consumer Protection Specialist

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Please Support our Small Businesses through Dine-In Service,  ToGo Orders, Curbside Pickup, or Carryout and keep Colorado’s mountain communities alive!

February 26, 2021

Effective Friday, February 26 at 6:00am, based on our lower COVID-19 incidence rate for the past three weeks, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move Clear Creek County to the less restrictive Dial Level: Blue – Cautious.

For more information on the new Dial 2.0, including detailed restriction changes and guidelines for all business sectors, please visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial

Level Blue restrictions include:

  •  Restaurants may operate at 50% indoor capacity or 175 people (or up to 225 using capacity calculator).
  • Last call for on-premise alcohol is moved from 11pm to 12am. Bars remain closed.
  • Gyms and Personal Services may operate at 50% capacity or up to 175 people indoors.
  • Indoor events are permitted with a capacity of 50% or 175 people with 6-foot distancing.
  • Outdoor events are permitted with a capacity of 50% or 250 people with 6-foot distancing.
  • Offices may operate at 50% capacity with remote work strongly encouraged.

We appreciate the efforts that members of our community have taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As Clear Creek County continues to stay the course, please continue to avoid social gatherings with those not in your immediate household; and when in public, wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, and practice good hygiene.

For questions and additional information, contact:

Rebecca Abrahamson
Public Health Consumer Protection Specialist

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Please Support our Small Businesses through Dine-In Service,  ToGo Orders, Curbside Pickup, or Carryout and keep Colorado’s mountain communities alive!

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February 10, 2021

Effective Thursday, February 11 at 6:00am, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move Clear Creek County to the less restrictive Dial Level Yellow – Concern.

Reports Clear Creek County Public Health Director Dr. Timothy Ryan, “CDPHE has received and reviewed our testing data from the past two weeks and based on our lower COVID-19 incidence rate, we were recently informed that the County will be moved to the less restrictive yellow level.” For the past three months, Clear Creek County has been in the State’s Safer at Home Dial Level Orange – High Risk. One of the most notable differences between the Yellow and Orange levels is restaurant capacity. In Yellow, indoor restaurant capacity is increased to 50% or 50 people (or up to 150 people using the capacity calculator). Gyms/Fitness Facilities and Personal Services can also increase to 50% capacity or 50 people.

For more information on Dial 2.0, including detailed guidelines and restriction changes for all business sectors, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial

Says Dr. Ryan, “The Clear Creek community – residents and business – has been doing a great job following the public health guidance of social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding in-person gatherings. That cumulative effort has made it safer for everyone.”

Last Friday, CDPHE introduced a new version of the COVID-19 Safer at Home dial called Dial 2.0. This tool allows Colorado to balance the ongoing need to contain the COVID-19 virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic.

For more information on Clear Creek County testing, vaccinations, the February 11th Virtual Town Hall and other local COVID-19 resources, visit our website at www.clearcreekcounty.us/covid19

Until the majority of the population is vaccinated, the best way to keep our community healthy is to avoid in person social gatherings and when in public, wear a mask, keep your distance from others and practice good personal hygiene.

January 4, 2021

Governor Polis announced that Clear Creek County, along with all other counties in Colorado currently operating under Level Red: Severe Risk, will be allowed to move back into the less restrictive Level Orange: High Risk starting January 4, 2021. Per CDPHE, restaurants in Clear Creek County have been operating under Level Orange since December 21, 2020.

Level Orange: High Risk restrictions include:

  • Last call for alcohol is moved from 8pm to 10pm. Bars remain closed.
  • Gyms may operate at 25% capacity or up to 25 people indoors.
  • Personal gatherings of up to 10 people (from no more than two households) will be allowed.
  • Indoor events are permitted with a capacity of 25% or 50 people with 6 feet distancing.
  • Outdoor events are permitted with a capacity of 25% or 75 people with 6 feet distancing.
  • Offices may operate at 25% capacity.

We appreciate all of the steps that members of our community have taken to help slow the spread of COVID- 19. As Clear Creek County continues to Stay the Course, please remember to avoid social gatherings with those not in your immediate household; and when in public, wear a mask, maintain 6 feet physical distance, and practice good hygiene.

For questions and additional information, contact:

Rebecca Abrahamson
Public Health Consumer Protection Specialist

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Please Support our Small Businesses through Dine-In Service,  ToGo Orders, Curbside Pickup, or Carryout…

Visit our Shop Small + Shop Local page or the ToGo page to place orders for pick up and keep Colorado’s mountain communities alive!

December 21, 2020 at 10:00am

Clear Creek County RESTAURANTS ONLY move to LEVEL ORANGE – HIGH RISK on the COVID-19 DIAL.
This change only relates to restaurants and restaurant capacity. Restaurants will be able to maintain 25% capacity with a cap of 50 people. Restaurants should be exercising the highest level of caution and following all guidance. The remainder of Clear Creek County remains in the SAFER AT HOME LEVEL RED – SEVERE RISK, and all businesses other than restaurants and all other community stakeholders should continue at that level. Refer to your sector on the attached “What are the capacity restrictions at each level?” chart or at– https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial

It remains mandatory for protective face coverings to be worn at all times when in public places.

November 18, 2020

Clear Creek County Moves to Red – Stay at Home Level
Effective Friday November 20th at 5:00 pm, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is moving Clear Creek County and 14 other counties to LEVEL RED on the COVID-19 DIAL.  The dial has also been revised to add a new highest risk level of PURPLE – EXTREME RISK.

See MEDIA RELEASE and CAPACITY DETAILS for more details.

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It is now more important than ever before to support small business. With the November 17, 2020 announcement by Colorado’s Governor Polis that many Counties, including Clear Creek County will be moving to RED | Stay at Home Friday, November 20, 2020. Many local businesses will be relying on ToGo Orders, Curbside Pickup, Carryout, and most importantly YOU!

As we approach the Holiday Season we ask that you choose to Shop Small + Shop Local and pick up ToGo orders to help Colorado’s mountain communities and businesses survive!

Details on the new restrictions can be found at the County COVID Resource Page 

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Please Shop Small This Holiday Season

Most Clear Creek County Businesses are offering Curbside Pickup or Shipping Options.

November 8, 2020

Following discussions from Friday, November 6, 2020 at the County Board of Health meeting with representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Clear Creek County was just notified of being moved to a more restrictive Safer at Home Level Orange-High Risk starting on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 6:00am.  Additionally, CDPHE moved the County from Level Blue to Level Yellow effective now through Thursday night, and should be working this week to prepare for Friday Level Orange.

The Orange Level temporarily decreases capacity for restaurants, retail, gyms/fitness centers, places of worship, personal services, offices, and indoor and outdoor events.  Bars that do not serve food are closed in all levels of Safer at Home.  Personal gatherings will continue to be limited to 10 people from no more than 2 households, however the County Board of Health encourages you to avoid all private gatherings.

This move is due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our community over the last three weeks.  According to CDPHE, our incidence rate is above 300 cases per 100,000 and our test positivity rate is above 7%.  We have recently seen the largest number of new cases in Clear Creek since the pandemic began.  Per CDPHE, our current total case count is 103.

Clear Creek County will remain at Safer at Home Level Orange until there is an improvement in active COVID-19 cases in the county.  The more these restrictions and guidelines are followed now, the sooner we can get back to a less restrictive level.  If cases continue to increase, Clear Creek County may have to move into the even more restrictive level of Stay at Home.

We understand that this is a particularly difficult time for our local businesses.  By heightening restrictions now, we hope to get our case count under control and protect the health and safety of our community, with the hope that we will be able to move back to a less restrictive level in time for the increase in business nearer to the holidays.

We also continue to ask that you help mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus by wearing a mask, maintaining 6 feet physical distance, and avoiding all social gatherings with those not in your household.  

For more information, including details on restrictions for all sectors, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard.

For questions and additional information, contact Rebecca Abrahamson, Public Health Consumer Protection Specialist, at 720-476-0283 or rabrahamson@clearcreekcounty.us

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Level Orange Effective November 13th - 6am

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COVID-19 Information

The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority and the Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau (CCCTB) is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone needs to do their part for themselves, their loved ones and our community.  We have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other healthy. In March 2020, in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted the “Stay at Home” Executive Order.  In April,  the Executive Order “Safer at Home” was enacted, allowing for phased re-opening; followed in June by the “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” Executive Order.

In addition, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 138 on July 16, 2020 with a statewide requirement for individuals to wear face coverings.

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Clear Creek County is OPEN

Clear Creek County is OPEN and following the State of Colorado’s Public Health Orders. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces and face coverings in outdoor spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained.

We look forward to seeing you in Clear Creek County and kindly ask that you to wear a mask when visiting.

Clear Creek County FIRE Restrictions

Clear Creek County lands are now reopen for recreational use and remain under a Stage I Fire Ban and Stage II USFS fire ban remains in place across the entire Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.

A Stage 2 fire ban means no open flames are allowed, including charcoal grills, wood stoves, and fire pits. Gas powered cooking stoves with an on off switch are permitted. In Clear Creek County, the Stage 2 fire ban includes a no recreational shooting restriction but hunting with a license is allowed.

Learn more about the County Stage I Fire Ban

CodeRED is the FREE community notification system available to Clear Creek County residents that will send you alerts concerning time- sensitive and/or emergency information that may impact your area via phone, text messages, emails, and social media. Don’t wait! Start receiving notifications that Could save your life. Sign up today! Visit https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/F2FD39D5D3DE to enroll or update your information, visit www.facebook.com/ClearCreekSO, or call 303-679-2393

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SafeCall Daily Program

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center, in conjunction with the Department of Health & Human Services, Clear Creek Fire Authority, Clear Creek EMS, Idaho Springs Police Department and the Georgetown Police Department presents SafeCall, a public safety program for our community and its citizens.

The program is available to residents of Clear Creek County who seek peace-of-mind with a daily call into the communications center. When checking in daily, you will occasionally receive public safety announcements concerning: Public Health and Environment, Fire Safety, Crime Prevention and many more! The program is designed for residents that live by themselves, or in a remote area, or someone who is just not near many family or friends.

If you are feel that you could use some extra attention, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office can provide that for you. This program is designed specifically to give you, your family, and your way of life some peace of mind. Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to call the Communications Center on a daily basis, between the hours of 6 am and 11 am to let us know you are doing well. On a monthly basis, our dispatchers will give you a brief public safety announcement to help keep you informed, most importantly prepared! If you forget or are unable to call by 11 am, no problem! We will call and check on you or in the event we can’t reach you, send an officer or deputy to your house to ensure your well being.

For more Information contact:
Tom Dale, Supervisor
Clear Creek Communications Center 303-679-2382