Summit Huts Association to reopen cabins July 1

Summit Huts Association to reopen cabins July 1

The Summit Huts Association has announced that Francie’s and Janet’s cabins will open for summer use July 1.

As part of novel coronavirus regulations, all future reservations at Summit Huts through Sept. 30 will be single-party only, which guarantees the group will have the entire cabin.

As such, Francie’s and Janet’s cabins will require a whole-hut reservation at a maximum capacity of 14 people. Pillows and sheets will no longer be provided at the huts, so Summit Huts recommends visitors bring their own pillow and XL-twin bed sheets to cover existing mattress covers.

Summit Huts also said it will require increased guest responsibilities for cleaning and sanitizing cabins at both entry and exit. The association added to expect higher-frequency staff visits during midday turnover as part of checking guest adherence to cleaning guidelines.

All saunas at Summit Huts cabins are temporarily closed.

Bookings from March 16 through May 31 that were canceled will receive a full credit with an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2021. Guests are encouraged to contact huts@huts.org or 970-925-5775 for rebooking information.

Visit SummitHuts.org/covid-19bookingsummer2020 for more information and for an updated hut cleaning checklist.

Beyond Summit County, the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association has opened some huts elsewhere in Colorado. For more information, visit Huts.org.

 

Summit Huts Association to reopen cabins July 1

Opening bars | Expanding capacity

Opening bars | Expanding capacity

KEYSTONE — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has amended its safer-at-home order for the seventh time, opening nearly all businesses including bars.

Summit County’s current public health order defers to the state’s guidance on all regulations. The county plans to fall in line with the state guidelines, Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said.

“We have seen good progress, our numbers are at the level where we want to them to be,” she said. “Of course we’d like to see no cases, but we’ve had very few additional cases.”

Businesses that are able to reopen in Summit County will be required to fill out a physical distancing protocol form. The county is also keeping its face-covering requirement for people who are in a building open to the public or outside where a 6-foot distance isn’t possible.

The state’s amended order, which went into effect Thursday and was released Friday, allows bars to open at 25% capacity or with up to 50 people at a time, whichever is fewer. Regulations for bars are very similar to the guidelines that have been used for restaurants since they opened May 27. There is a limit of eight people per group, and customers in different parties have to remain 6 feet apart.

The ability to open bars will be great for the county’s economy, Stiegelmeier said.

“Of course the concern there is, it’s all about socializing,” she said. “So hopefully we will have people socializing in safe ways.”

The state health department also released official guidance on indoor activitiesoutdoor activities and residential camps. The new guidance on indoor and outdoor activities allows for theaters and malls to open. It also gives the OK to trade shows, auctions, parades, festivals, receptions and fairs.

However, there are capacity limitations based on the size of each venue. Both outdoor and indoor venues can use the state’s social distancing space calculator to determine how many people are allowed at the venue. The maximum number of people for an outdoor venue is 175 while the maximum for an indoor venue is 100.

Under the new guidance for indoor venues, extra-large businesses and organizations (more than 7,200 square feet) that had already opened, like restaurants and houses of worship, are allowed to have up to 100 people at a time. Previously, all restaurants were allowed a maximum of 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever was fewer. Tables and groups at restaurants are still limited to eight people and groups must be 6 feet apart.

The order also requires employees at all venues to wear face coverings and be screened for symptoms at the start of their shifts.

Residential camps are allowed to open under the amended order, as well. Groups are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

The order continues to ban “establishments primarily based on smoking,” which includes cigar bars, hookah lounges and companies with cannabis social-use licenses. Casinos, amusement parks and arcades also remain closed, and bounce houses and ball pits are prohibited at any public or commercial venue.

The amended safer-at-home order is separate from the protect-our-neighbors phase of reopening, which Polis announced Monday along with the changes to the order. The new phase will open everything at 50% capacity or up to 500 people, whichever is fewer.

That phase is not yet finalized, and the state has released only a draft framework of what it will look like. The department expects the final framework to be released in late June or early July.

Once the state transitions to the protect-our-neighbors phase, it will be available only to counties that meet certain thresholds. The state health department will approve counties that can prove a commitment to contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, community testing and targeted public health orders.

The state has not yet established the specific criteria the counties will have to meet to move into the phase, so it’s difficult for Summit County officials to know when the county will be able to loosen its restrictions.

“Opening bars | Expanding capacity”

Reference: https://www.summitdaily.com/news/colorado-releases-amended-public-health-order-opening-bars-and-expanding-capacity-at-large-restaurants/

The Blue River is open for business.

SILVERTHORNE — The Blue River is open for business.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday afternoon that the Blue River had returned to safe conditions would be reopening for recreational activities immediately.

On June 1, the Sheriff’s Office and the town of Silverthorne were notified by Denver Water that flow levels were rapidly increasing to 1,000 cubic feet per second, presenting safety concerns for river recreationists.

Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons and Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor decided to temporarily close the river from the base of the Dillon Dam to the Sixth Street Bridge, where the water was high enough to injure someone floating past that point.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office and town got the thumbs up from Denver Water that flow levels on the river had significantly decreased and were once again safe for recreation. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Blue River below Dillon Dam was flowing at 301 cfs.

While the river has opened back up, officials are reminding anyone heading out on the water to use caution. Members of the public are encouraged to review the Summit County Swift Water Safety and Flood Preparedness Guide available on the county’s website. The guide contains information on the history of high water events in the county, along with instructions for building sandbag levees, household checklists, flood insurance information, safety tips for recreating and more.

“In light of the reopening of the river, I want to remind the recreating public to always remain vigilant of changing river conditions and always wear a personal floatation device when recreating in or around any river or body of water,” FitzSimons said.