COVID-19 Business Updates / Eagle County Business Re-Open: Phase 1 / April 28, 2020

Eagle County Business Re-open Toolkit: Phase 1

Tools, resources and updates for reopening your business

Welcome to the Eagle County COVID-19 Business Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to help you apply the Eagle County Public Health Orders in the unique setting of your business, and properly communicate to your employees and customers. It also links to resources and support to empower you and your business to lead the way as Eagle County recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Eagle County Public Health Orders mean that Eagle County is taking its first step toward recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Within this kit you will find the tools you will need to:

  • Help lead the way forward for your business and your community
  • Understand the three phases of the Transition Trail Map (Green Circle, Blue Square, Black Diamond)
  • Get your questions answered
  • Share your success stories
  • Get a first overview look at our county-wide road to economic recovery

Eagle County is actively planning for the near-, mid- and long-term future as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 crisis and heads toward a new normal. Our county has the opportunity not only to come back, but to come back stronger than ever before. We look forward to working with you to build a brighter future for our community. 


Eagle County Public Health Order

Gradual re-opening of critical and non-critical businesses

Early this week, Eagle County Government & Public Health issued a revised Public Health Order allowing for the gradual re-opening of critical and non-critical businesses in Eagle County. The next important step of this process is providing guidelines for businesses on the safety protocols for re-opening their operations. Those guidelines and FAQ's can be found here to help answer your questions.
We strongly encourage you to review the Public Health Order since each business has unique operations, but we’ve highlighted some general safety protocols for non-critical and critical businesses below: 

Officials say that Eagle County, in consultation with the local medical community and other partners, is moving toward a more sustainable social distancing model with these cautious and incremental steps to open businesses and recreation that are currently restricted. The primary focus is opening businesses that have not been defined as critical, essential, or governmental while requiring these businesses to implement a social distancing protocol.

All community members are strongly encouraged to read the entire order. In summary, changes in the new order include, but are not limited to:

  • Allows gatherings of up to 10 people, as long as social distancing requirements are met.
  • Allows some outdoor recreational facilities to reopen.
  • Restricts short-term lodging operations, except if necessary for an essential service or business, for emergency purposes or for medical care.
  • Allows more businesses to open in addition to previously allowed essential businesses, as long as the business can meet the requirements of the order. All businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
  • Limits travel into or around Eagle County to local residents only. “Local residents” are defined as persons who own, maintain, or live in a home or residence in Eagle County. 
View the official legal document outlining specifics of the Public Health Order below: 

Eagle County Reopening Trail Map & Protocols

Communicating to your customers and employees

The “Transition Trail Map” helps put the Public Health Order into easy-to-understand components. Use the Trail Map to help guide your own businesses specific protocol for each phase of the transition. Eagle County Public Health will determine which phase we are in: 

Green Circle,  Blue Square, orBlack Diamond. 

How does my business communicate our social distancing protocols? If you choose to open your business, you must fill out the Social Distancing Protocol form and share the completed document publicly and with your employees. 

Post the appropriate symbol  Green Circle,   Blue Square, orBlack Diamond in a public, visible place at your businesses for the duration of that phase, together with a copy of your social distancing policy. 

We are currently in Phase 1, Green Circle. Please post a Green Circle in a publicly visible place at your business. Do not post Blue Square or Black Diamond until Public Health determines we are in that phase. Customers and employees will then be able to easily identify where your policies are located so that they can follow your social distancing strategy. Switch to the new symbol as we progress.  

Printable Green Circle: Integrate the green circle with your social media! More social media assets and headers coming soon.

Help share the “Five Commitments of Containment”

  1. I will maintain 6 feet of social distance
  2. I will wash my hands often
  3. I will cover my face in public
  4. I will stay home when I am sick
  5. I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms

VVP Business Insight Series

Webinar: What does it take to be "Open for Business"

Thursday, April 30 | 2 - 3pm | Webinar Format

As we enter a new phase of the world’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, businesses need to know how to reopen. How do we reopen safely, protecting our workers and the public? How do we prepare to operate with the virus still circulating and what are the laws and best practices we should be aware of, as we search to find the new normal for business and government operations? Join us as one of our community and Chamber members, Dan B. Brown walks us through these issues.


Private Sector Task Force

Participate in your industry's task force

We understand there will be many questions about how to implement the broader Public Health Orders into your specific situation. We are working with Private Sector Task Forces to ensure that the business community has the tools and resources they need, that they can connect with one another to share solutions, and that they can have their voices heard. 

Connect to your industry task force by filling out the Eagle County Industry Task Force Form. A special thank you to Vail Valley Foundation for leading these task force efforts.


Business Reopening Q&A

Phase 1 Guidance and Common Questions

Click the link at the bottom to view frequently asked questions regarding protocols and procedures for re-opening business during the COVID-19 recovery for Phase 1.


Reopening Services & Resources

Signage, cleaning, masks, consulting, etc.

Many local organizations offer tools and services to help your business reopen safely for both customers and employees. By clicking the link, you will see the listings with brief service information and resource information at each of their websites.


Eagle County Business Resources

Trusted sources for local updates & info

Colorado Executive Order

"Safer at home" order by Gov. Polis

Governor Polis issued a “Safer at Home” Executive Order allowing for the gradual re-opening of critical and non-critical businesses in Colorado. The next important step of this process is providing guidelines for businesses on the safety protocols for re-opening their operations. Those guidelines can be found here along with an FAQ to help answer your questions.
We strongly encourage you to review the Public Health Order since each business has unique operations.

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