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Currently, we are under the Governor’s “Safer at Home” phase which requests the following;

  • Stay at home unless absolutely necessary to travel. Stay within your zip code.
  • Wear face mask cloth coverings whenever you are out in public to help protect our most vulnerable populations, business employees, and practice social distancing.
  • No gatherings of over 10 people.
  • Sick people may not go to work; please stay home.

Chaffee County Public Health workers hand out masks at the Touber Building Thursday afternoon. 302 were given out in a short time. Courtesy photo.

Chaffee County has established a three-phase Safe Business Opening Timeline through our Public Health Department by working with County leaders, municipalities, school districts, EMS, [Department of] Human Services, and Economic Development Council (EDC) representatives. This timeline projection remains dependent on State Directives and Orders.

All businesses are asked to fill out the SAFE BUSINESS CHECKLIST located at www.chaffeecounty.org on the COVID-19 page.   The purpose of the checklist is to educate and provide guidelines to local businesses to ensure they are safe and healthy to operate for employees and the general public.  All businesses will need to receive the Safe Business Certificate when they reopen.

Chaffee will not open up everything in one day, or even one month and is dependent on ongoing COVID-19 test results. We are working to re-open the county’s economy, be prepared for the tourist influx while preserving the welfare of our residents, and maintaining critical emergency and healthcare capacity.

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is actively organizing industry groups to prepare for business to return. This preparation involves integrating public health procedures for COVID-19 prevention, with the everyday procedures of the business. Chaffee County has a multitude of businesses and entrepreneurs that have created their own niche, not necessarily identified by a single industry. We want all to reopen and will continue to work with groups, individuals, and industry representatives to support the next steps. It is in the best interest of the County to get back to work safely.

We are also asking community members to please wear a face mask in all public contact situations and at businesses. Our future success depends on investing and practicing these new safety standards to become sustainable practices.

Rusty Granzella

Chaffee County Commissioner