Vail’s emergency order that had limited the size of private gatherings to a single household has ended as of Dec. 15. In allowing the order to sunset, Vail Town Council members said the emergency action had done its job in creating awareness and keeping the number of COVID-19 cases down during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The order had been in place since Nov. 23 and had applied to all private homes, short-term rentals, hotels, and restaurant and bar seating, and was more restrictive than the current private gathering limitation of 2 households and 10 individuals set by the State of Colorado for Eagle County and other jurisdictions that are currently in the "Orange" level of COVID-19 public health restrictions.
The intent had been to implement additional public health policies to help the community from falling into the "Red" state category which would necessitate even further restrictions on businesses.
Vail’s outdoor mask mandate, enacted Nov. 7 in pedestrian areas, remains in place.
During the extended holiday season, residents and guests are asked to limit the number of households who gather indoors and to follow the 5 commitments of containment to help reduce community spread:
- I will maintain 6 feet of social distance
- I will wash my hands often
- I will cover my face in public
- I will stay home when I am sick
- I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms
For more information, visit vailgov.com/maskon.