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Due to COVID-19 cases decreasing in Chaffee County, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moving the County to Level Yellow on the State’s COVID-19 Dial, the City of Salida will be reducing its stance to Tier II of its COVID-19 Action Plan. This change will go into effect February 26.

As part of its approach to Tier II, the City will be opening additional access to the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. Click here to see the new rules and procedures that will be in effect in order to visit the facility.

Meanwhile, the Paquette Gallery at the Salida SteamPlant will remain open on a limited basis. The SteamPlant Theater and Annex may reopen on a limited basis for small events in compliance with the Chaffee County Public Health Order.

Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

City Council and Planning Commission meetings, along with meetings of all boards and commissions will allow limited in-person attendance for purposes of conducting public hearings beginning March 2. The City continues to request that those wishing to testify do so via the GoToWebinar platform or by email or letter.

In-person testimony for public hearings will be limited to 10 members of the public allowed in the meeting room at any given time, in addition to the City Council, Planning Commission, or staff members. Anyone providing testimony must wear a mask and remain at least six feet away from others both inside and outside Council Chambers. Click here to view procedures for hearings.

The City says that it will continue to work with all officials of Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) and the Board of County Commissioners on evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic and their response via the City’s Action Plan. Information regarding CCPHD’s response to this situation can be found here: @COVID19ChaffeeCounty.

“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 best practices for hand washing, social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccine distribution by CCPH and Heart of the Rockies Medical Center,” said Mayor P.T. Wood. “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”.

For more information, contact City Hall at 719-539-4555.