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Fremont County wasted no time in opening Fremont area churches, restaurants, and gyms immediately after the state approved a variance to Colorado Public Health orders on Thursday, May 21.

Fremont Director of the Office of Emergency Management Mykel Kroll announced the variance. The county, which had submitted an eight-part variance application, was granted its variance from the Governor’s Office, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on May 21, the same day Chaffee County was also granted a variance.

“We are thrilled to finally have approval from the state to start reopening Fremont County businesses,” said Debbie Bell, Fremont County Commissioner and chairman of the Fremont County Board of Health. “Public Health Director Emma Davis and her team have worked incredibly hard to get this done. We all appreciate their dedicated efforts.”

The variance went into effect immediately for all of Fremont County including all cities and towns within county boundaries. The full variance includes restaurants, churches, and places of worship, fitness facilities, outfitters, recreation businesses, and recreation activities, all subject to the general Colorado state public health order requirements related to limitations on the size of gatherings, social distancing, and facemasks.