Eagle County to tighten restrictions due to COVID-19 case increase – Vail Daily News

A sharp increase in Eagle Countys COVID-19 cases, and pressure from state officials, has actually triggered the county to amend its existing public health order. An Avon Live performance prepared for Wednesday was the very first occasion canceled.Jake Wolf|Unique to the Daily

With local COVID-19 cases increasing, Eagle County is anticipated to amend its present public health order Thursday and tighten up limitations on public events.
The decision came out of the Wednesday morning work session of the Eagle County Commissioners. Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry stated she anticipated the customized public health order to be provided Thursday early morning.
Eagle County Public Health Director Heath Harmon was contacted by previous commissioner Jill Ryan, now the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The county has two weeks to get its numbers down, or it could lose its exemption from current state public health orders.

A sharp increase in Eagle Countys COVID-19 cases, and pressure from state authorities, has actually triggered the county to modify its present public health order. Eagle County Public Health Director Heath Harmon was contacted by former commissioner Jill Ryan, now the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The county has two weeks to get its numbers down, or it could lose its exemption from existing state public health orders.

” We require to put the health of our guests, homeowners and residents above everything else,” Gordon stated. He included, that health goes beyond simply security from the virus, and consists of behavioral and financial health.

” I deeply regret cancelling Avons complimentary show and movie occasion series,” Avon Town Manager Eric Heil composed in a statement. “But there is no other accountable choice thinking about the recent sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and the danger to school resuming plans and risk to keeping our businesses open.”
We require to be more mindful
Chandler-Henry stated she comprehends the possible impacts of tightening group sizes. She included, “Weve got to go back to being more cautious. By loosening limitations, we might have sent out a message that its OK to be out and about.”
Chandler-Henry said that many of the new cases are Eagle County citizens, implying that much of the spread has actually been from homeowners, not visitors.
Vail Economic Development Director Mia Vlaar stated adapting to the guidelines so far has actually been “difficult.” She added, the towns economic and event planning has to adapt to whatever public health orders are in place.
” We take that guidance and attempt to reimagine what were doing,” Vlaar said. That reimagination likewise has to be performed in a manner in which still supplies the top-level experience Vails guests anticipate, she stated.
Vlaar said the town is ready to dial back group sizes to satisfy the brand-new requirements.
All set to adapt
” Were prepared to do whatever we need to do,” Vlaar said. “Were not going to simply surrender on this.”
Mark Gordon belongs to the Vail Commission on Special Events. That volunteer board deals with town officials and personal promoters to bring occasions into town.
” We require to put the health of our visitors, residents and locals above whatever else,” Gordon stated. However, he included, that health goes beyond simply security from the virus, and includes financial and behavioral health. “We need to do something to keep food on the table and roofing systems over our heads.”
Chandler-Henry acknowledged the impact on local companies.
” It was a hard relocate to make,” she said, adding that county officials are working now with state and regional health officials to accelerate getting test results. Delayed results mean individuals are either staying house from work longer than needed, or going to work and possibly infecting others.
That requires to change, she said.
In Vail, Vlaar stated staying as open as possible is the intent of the towns economic development team.
” We have a remarkable community that pulls together and leads,” Vlaar said. “We dont provide up and we try the finest we can.”
Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com.

The changes to the current public health order will have “some quite big effects,” Chandler-Henry said.
The very first occasion canceled was Wednesdays Avon Live show in the park. Further occasions at the park have likewise been canceled.