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Due to the decrease of COVID-19 cases, Chaffee County and Colorado, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are moving Chaffee County to the Blue Level on the State’s COVID-19 Dial. The City of Salida will also reduce its stance to Tier I of its COVID-19 Action Plan effective May 21, 2021.  The Action Plan can be found here.

Per the Chaffee County Public Health Order of May 18, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals may go without any type of face-covering in any setting. As allowed under state law, owners, operators, and managers of any business or service may continue to require individuals entering or being within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination.

The City of Salida is on record as fully-supportive of any organization, business, or individual who would like to be more restrictive than the Public Health Order requires. As part of its approach to the Tier I designation, face coverings are strongly recommended when entering and attending indoor-only events at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, SteamPlant Event Center, and Rotary Scout Hut.

Twitchell Building mural. Image courtesy of Salida Business Incubator.

Fully vaccinated individuals can opt-out of wearing a face-covering inside, but facility management requests all attendees adhere to any COVID-19 safety guidelines implemented by the venue as well as respect any individual’s or group’s desire to practice additional personal and precautionary measures.

City Council and Planning Commission meetings, along with meetings of all boards and commissions, will continue to allow in-person attendance for purposes of conducting public hearings.

The City still requests that those wishing to testify please do so via the GoToWebinar platform or by email or letter.  Anyone who is unvaccinated who wants to provide testimony must wear a mask and remain at least six feet away from others both inside and outside of the Council Chambers.

Mayor P.T. Wood explained,“The City Council and I would like to express our gratitude to Chaffee County Public Health and Director Andrea Carlstrom for their hard work in keeping Salida and Chaffee County open for business.”

“The City’s response to opening up more activities and spaces at the Aquatics Center, the SteamPlant, and at City Hall is directly related to the community following the Code of Conduct,” he added.  “We look forward to continuing the decline in cases and hospitalizations, leading to more reopening of our wonderful City.  Please keep up the good work in keeping Salida safe.”

The City of Salida is committed to the Chaffee County COVID-19 Code of Conduct and encourages its community members to:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Stay home if sick
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Wash your hands
  • Respect the COVID-19 safety protocols of any business or organization
  • Physically distance if unvaccinated
  • Wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor places if unvaccinated