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Governor Polis’ “Safer at Home” order is now in effect until May 26th. This is very similar to our county’s “Safer at Home” order, 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. The county’s order is set to expire May 31, 2020.
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No visitors are allowed into San Miguel County through May 31 and no lodging may operate during the month of May unless an exception has been granted by San Miguel County. Lodgers may presently accept reservations for June 1 and beyond. It is possible that future Public Health orders may further prohibit visitors and lodging from operating in June and beyond, but reservations may be booked. In the case that reservations are booked which are subsequently prohibited by a future public health order, clients should be notified upon booking that it is possible that their reservation may be cancelled.
Anyone who wants to resume or begin construction needs to submit a Construction Registration Form that can be found here.
No, please submit one form with specifics of your company/plan and then a list of those addresses that would be receiving similar services.
We are trying to turn these around as soon as possible. It is likely to take 2-4 days to receive approval once the registration form has been received, however, our goal is within a day or two. We will be providing an approval form to display on site.
No, the new Construction and Landscaping form is for all projects, not just those deemed to be essential.
The general contractor should be submitting a registration form the entire project and is then responsible for coordinating all of the subcontractors to ensure the number of workers on site is within the limits. Subcontractors such as plumbers, electricians, etc. should contact the general contractor.
The new Construction and Landscaping protocol is for projects inside the County, using only workers from counties on the Western Slope. If someone is commuting out of County to do work, that is subject to the rules of the other jurisdiction.
The Order and accompanying processes may look much different by the end of May. Do not apply for that project now. Also, do not apply for any project for which you do not already have the required development/building permits. You need to get those first. The County Building Department is still processing applications for development and building permits, with the condition that work not proceed until permitted under the Order.
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.
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. Public transit will be open, but people must only use it for purposes of performing Necessary Activities or to travel to and from work to operate Businesses or maintain Critical Governmental Functions. People riding on public transit must comply with Physical Distancing Requirements to the greatest extent feasible.
Although Non-Resident Homeowners are allowed to come to their homes if they plan to stay for longer than 30 days and follow Public Health Orders, they are strongly encouraged to leave or not travel to San Miguel County, as we have very limited community resources. Non-Resident Homeowners and Local Residents who are outside of the County for an extended period of time before returning shall Quarantine or Isolate in their home for 14 days upon arrival to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 which includes not being in public for Necessary Activities or to access Critical Businesses. Please be prepared to be self-sufficient during this time and have groceries, mail and anything else you may need delivered to your property. If you come to your home here, you must understand the current county public health orders and be prepared to possibly stay in San Miguel County for the coming weeks (after the 14-day Quarantine) as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
Property managers should not take new bookings/reservations until May 31, 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.
Realtors are included in the non-critical business designation, however, they are only allowed to show properties to San Miguel County residents at this time.
No, the local schools have set up online learning for all grades and this will continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 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.
Many non-critical businesses are allowed to open as of May 2nd as long as they comply with strict precautions lined out in the current public health orders. It is recommended that you contact the business to ensure they are open and their customer protocol.
Businesses that are currently not allowed to be open to customers for use on the premises are: restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption (With the exception of take-out or delivery services); gyms, except for the limited purpose authorized; and movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls.