What to expect in Vail
Colorado sunshine, fresh air, Gore Creek, and the mountains endure.
The Town has cautiously reopened.
Locals were hard hit with job and income loss when a tourist from CA was the first to test positive in the State. The current number one concern now is a reintroduction by tourists visiting from hot-spot states. While most tourists do not wear a mask in town, you should, where appropriate. State orders allow a business to refuse admittance to persons not wearing a mask.
Local officials recognize the positive impact our owners have on the town: we go out. A lot. Our summer and winter occupancy is high. Our owners, especially our ski season owners, patronize retailers, bars and restaurants, take in the arts, buy ski passes, and engage in passive and active endeavors. Local business owners will appreciate your support.
Restaurants are open with limited seating, hours, and menus. Some may require reservations, and some will limit your time at the table. Restaurants will emphasize take-away service. Most profitably, restaurants may sell your favorite wine, beer, or special cocktail for take-away under changes to State Law that are in effect through July 2021.
Expect more outdoor spaces to be legal for open consumption and picnicking.
The bus is operating. City Market, trails, retail and bike shops are open, as is our pool.
Communication from the town and county has been abysmal.
Numerous resources and way too much effort has been expended in obtaining what information is known and listed below.
Eagle County and the Town of Vail governments issue a lot of orders, some conflicting, most confusing. For the latest information and orders for Eagle county, please see: http://www.ecemergency.org/ or https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/ Click here for Eagle County Transition Trail map.
The Colorado Tourism Office is not advertising to out of state tourists at this time. In phase two they will reach out to residents of adjacent states, phase three they go nation-wide, and internationally in phase four.
March 4: The first patient in the State to test positive was a tourist from California that arrived in Summit County on 2/29 and skied both Keystone and Vail. Separately, Aspen then had 10 positive Aussies. Eagle County experienced some of the most intensive spread in the State.
March 15: The ski mountain closed. Minimal take-away food service is available locally.
March 15: CDPHE issued the following statement: “Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.”
March 25: CDPHE amended public health order 20-24, with includes “F”. “All travel, including, but not limited to, travel by automobile or public transit, expect Necessary Travel is prohibited.”
April 1: CDPHE issued the following: “This is not a vacation; it’s a pandemic. There are still an alarming number of people traveling to our mountain communities, putting themselves and others at risk. Whether you’re a second homeowner or weekend warrior, please stay home. We NEED to protect our mountain communities.”
April 1: Vail Resorts issued the following: “We are furloughing nearly all of our U.S year-round hourly employees as of April 4, 2020, for at least the next one to two months. … it’s also possible these challenges may force us to materially delay or cancel our upcoming summer season.”
May 8: CO R-naught drops below .5
May 14: Eagle County modifies some restrictions.
May 15: VD article here recapping the May 14 EC webinar.
May 15: Indications made that further changes for TOV to be issued in May. (effective May 25)
May 21: VR announces plans to reopen retail, lodging and lifts in late June or early July.
May 23: State of Colorado approves Eagle County moving to fewer restrictions and welcoming non-residents.
May 24: State of Colorado denies Summit County's request.
May 25: Eagle County moves to “Blue” phase. Limited lodging and dining to open, with restrictions. Interval / Timeshare / Fractional non-local resident owners are welcome. Expect 50% restaurant seating, no at-the-bar seating, and do anticipate high demand for expanded patio usage.
May 28: The Head of Colorado Tourism office refuses to answer the question: “are tourists welcome?”
May 29: public consumption area laws change in Vail.
June 1: CO R0 rises to .98
June 9: Eagle County requests State permission to move to Black Diamond phase on 6/22.
June 18: Vail Resorts announces a July 1 resumption of limited on-mountain activities. Gondola One operating July 1, Gondola 19 mid-July. All financial transactions anticipated to be cash-less.
June 19: Colorado releases amended public health order for Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors
June 22: Vail hotel occupancy restrictions eased.
June 23: Additional restaurants open.
June 30: State order closes bars to in-person service based on evidence from hot-spot states.
June 30: Eagle County raises risk-level to “cautious” following a rise in local cases.
July 1: Gondola One opens.
July 3: Eagle County requires masks indoors and sometimes while outdoors.
July 3: Eagle County moves to Black Diamond phase.
July 7: Bravo!Vail, after announcing a season cancellation in May, announces a new limited return.
July 8: CO R0 rises above 1.0
July 9: Vail Resorts announces that on July 17th, the Eagle Bahn, bike hauls and Forest Flyer begin operations.
July 16: CO R0 rises to 1.78
July 16: “There is potential risk to Coloradans posed by visitors to our State”, including TX & AZ, says State Epidemiologist.
July 17: STATEWIDE mask mandate in effect.
July 17: Eagle county reacts to increased local cases by limiting private and public, indoor and outdoor, gatherings.
July 17: Eagle Bahn, bike hauls and Forest Flyer begin operations. (Have your contact-less payments ready!)