Public Health Approves Increasing Lodging Capacity to 50%
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(June 18, 2020) – San Miguel County, CO --- Following positive progress in metrics and compliancy, area lodging will see added capacity in the coming days. San Miguel County Public Health Director Grace Franklin has approved increasing the maximum occupancy for all lodging properties from 25% to 50%, effective June 22. As per the most recent Public Health Order, short term lodging was permitted to open at 25% capacity starting on June 1 in a staged approach, with the possibility of an increase to 50% after a two-week monitoring period. Due to continued strong metrics, Franklin concluded that increasing occupancy was appropriate while stressing the importance of maintaining best practices.
“We understand that the lodging sector plays a critical role in our economy, and we are working closely with them to ensure the phased approach supports local businesses while prioritizing the health and safety of visitors and our community,” said Franklin. “The lodgers have succeeded in implementing best practices, and we feel that we are in a position to open up more inventory for additional guests.”
In May, a lodging oversight committee was established to create safety protocols and implement best practices for all short-term rentals county-wide. All lodging properties were required to register with the County prior to accepting reservations, and agreed to adhere to the maximum occupancy requirement as well as other safety measures, including a COVID specific housekeeping training program, pre-arrival guest screening and other requirements.
“The lodging community has maintained the required capacity of 25% for this first phase of reopening, and no properties have been out of compliance,” said County Commissioner and Lodging Oversight Committee Chair Lance Waring. “They are ready to take the next step as we approach July and will continue to follow guidelines to ensure the safety of guests and the community.”
Metrics will be reevaluated in two weeks for a potential increase to 75% capacity on July 13.
During this next phase of reopening, Franklin reminds the community of following the five commitments: “Wear a face covering, maintain social distance, follow the group guidelines, practice good hygiene and stay home and get tested if you are sick.”
The State will soon be announcing a new Executive Order that is slated to go into effect at the end of June/early July. The County will most likely mirror the order, with County specific modifications made where necessary.
For up to date coronavirus information visit: https://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/coronavirus