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Public Health Order 20-04 is now in effect through May 1st, 2020.
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The Center for Mental Health understands our community is struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak and they have a Support Line available for people to call. According to their website, "The Center Support Line is a free, 24-hour call line for you to connect with our caring staff when you need a listening ear. Our staff are here to listen to you and help you during this tough time. Each of us occasionally needs to talk, to break away from the isolation, and to express our emotions in a healthy, non-judgmental, and confidential manner. Let us support you during this difficult time."
Please call The Center Support Line at 970.252.6220.
Governor Polis’ “Stay at Home” order is now in effect until April 26th. This is very similar to our county’s “Shelter in Place” order, and residents will need to follow the state order until that time. However, SMC’s Public Health order is more restrictive with specific provisions for San Miguel County. Residents should follow our County’s order, which will ensure compliance with the state order, while it is in place. It is set to expire May 1, 2020.
San Miguel County staff are manning a hotline and are able to answer your non-medical questions concerning public health orders and more. The hotline number is 970-728-3844. If you do not want to speak to someone on the phone, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, at this time there are no plans to close roads or barricade any community. Though the gondola is closed, public transit will remain open, with decreased ridership available- intended for trips to medical/grocery and essential service visits only.
There will not be any barricades into or out of San Miguel County, but we ask that you limit out of county travel for essential purposes only and comply with all social distancing requirements (6 foot distance, frequent handwashing for 20 seconds etc) (see page 10-11 in the order). These include, but are not limited to: essential activities, government functions, businesses; travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents and persons with disabilities; travel to return to your home; travel required by law enforcement or court order.
Restaurants are permitted to begin takeout and delivery of food on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. The same goes for alcohol and cannabis stores. No bars or restaurants will be allowed to have customers in for dining or consuming.
Second homeowners are strongly recommended to return to their primary homes unless they are prepared to shelter in place for up to a month without outside assistance. If they are able and interested in being here for an extended, unknown period of time, they may stay and be prepared to follow county guidelines. Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave or not come to San Miguel County during this timeframe.
Property managers should not take new bookings/reservations until April 3, 2020 (and that will likely be extended) and should help their guests leave as soon as possible, only with exception to emergency response agency support or if visitors are unable to leave.
Residential and commercial construction orders are in the process of being revisited on being considered “essential services” and will be shut down or severely restricted as of 12:01am on 3/21/20. "Essential Business" in our current orders include "Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Internet or broadband providers and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities and "Essential Businesses."
From the questions that we’ve received about the Public Health order regarding construction that went into effect at midnight 3/20/20, here are some of the answers to the questions we’ve received.
We know this is hard for you and your workers. We want you to get back to work as soon as possible. Please inform your workers about the community services information on our website.
No, construction is only allowed to do emergency repairs or to secure sites from the public and the weather. Otherwise no, non-essential construction is allowed to continue.
Yes, we want you and your crew to leave your sites safe and not open to the public- filling in holes, covering open areas, fencing off areas and protecting your site from the elements (winter protection). We want your crews to accomplish this as quickly as possible so that they can leave your job-sites safe and then get home to shelter in place during this critical timeframe to curb the spread of the virus.
Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, internet providers and other service providers whose work is necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences are considered “essential businesses”. All other house calls should be cancelled during this order. If you do make an emergency house calls, be sure to practice social distancing and wear gloves or a mask, if applicable, and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
No, this does not meet the intent of keeping residents, including your employees, sheltered at home. Even healthy people can carry and spread the Covid-19 virus and we are learning that some people are far more susceptible than others.
Emergency repairs are allowed in this order, but again the goal is to accomplish them safely and quickly so that all residents can get back to the shelter in place orders.
No, it is not allowed under the current orders, even with social distancing. These orders currently run through April 3, 2020. The point of the order is to discourage any non- essential reason for unrelated people to meet up, touch or go to new places during this critical timeframe.
No, the local schools have set up online learning for all grades and this will continue during this time. The Telluride School District and Norwood school districts are offering basic food assistance for families in need Monday-Friday. Please call 970-369-1205 for more information.
Essential Businesses, as outlined in the order include: healthcare operations, essential governmental functions and infrastructure, grocery and convenience stores, food banks, food cultivation (farming, livestock, fishing), businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, media services, gas stations and auto-repair facilities, banks, hardware stores, laundromats, drycleaners. Please see Page 7 of the order for more details and guidelines. All essential business must be performed in compliance with social distancing and practice enhanced disinfection protocols.
Yes, that is the normal essential maintenance that is allowed to continue.