At the Town of Breckenridge, we are keeping a very close eye on COVID-19, as the safety, health, and well-being of our community is a top priority. Click these links for the Spanish translations of this Town page and the public health order.
Our Council members are continuously briefed and aware of the evolving situation. The Town of Breckenridge is following the direction of the experts, namely the CDC, CDPHE, and Summit County Public health. We will continue to evaluate the spread of the virus and will not hesitate to take action or make recommendations to the Council as necessary. This is a dynamic situation, and we will endeavor to continue to respond appropriately and inform our residents as new information is made available to us.
Summit County Updates
Community spread of COVID-19 in Summit County is now confirmed. Community spread is defined as transmission of the disease from one individual to another within the same community, and not as a result of travel from another location. The number of presumptive positive, negative, and pending tests is updated at summitcountygo.gov/COVID every day by 12 noon.
On March 16, Summit County issued a public health order.PLEASE read the FULL order here for specifications and exemptions.
Namely, the order prohibits:
All walk-in public activity in all restaurants, bars, and cafeterias in Summit County is prohibited, effective at 10 p.m., Monday, March 16. Restaurants will continue to be allowed to provide delivery and take-out options.
Ski Areas in the state of Colorado are currently closed. From Breckenridge Ski Resort: "Uphill access is currently CLOSED on all portions of Breck until further notice. We love fresh snow too, but without ski patrol and terrain maintenance it's unsafe for skiers, riders, those sledding and first responders. We’re asking for your support following guidance from the county and state, and in consultation with White River National Forest. These closures mitigate the risk to our first responders and protect our local resources. Your safety and the safety of our community is our top priority. Thank you for respecting all posted closures." Avalanche danger is still an issue in Summit County. If you are going to recreate in the backcountry, please visit CAIC.
The Summit County Department of Human Services is providing support to community members who need assistance with food, medication or transportation: (970) 668-2940
Questions about the virus: (303) 389-1687; (877) 462-2911
Questions from Businesses about the Public Health Order and their operations: (970) 668-2992
- One Breckenridge has put together a robust page of resources for businesses.
- Currently, the 10-cent bag fee is waived for operating businesses, and the sign code has been amended to allow more signage.
- The Colorado Restaurant Association has put together an extensive list of resources and help for restaurants.
- Colorado Unemployment Benefits, those out of work due to COVID-19 have the potential to apply for job attached unemployment. To make a claim, visit:http://coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim
- For information on eligibility please visit the following website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/eligibility
- More information and resources from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus
- Small Business Administration, Guidance and Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- Federal COVID-19 Phase 3 Stimulus Package-H.R. 6201. See the Highlights of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act here.
State of Colorado Updates
- Obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their family or household members.
- Deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, food, pet supply, other household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of a residence.
- To engage in outdoor activity, such as, walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, State parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all
playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to public gathering, and attended areas shall be closed.
- To perform work for critical industries.
- To care for a family member, a vulnerable person, or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual's home.
- To seek medical care
- We are asking people to:
- Travel in and out of Summit County only if absolutely necessary.
- Limit contact with others within the county and have no contact outside the county.
- People who already are here, including local residents, should stay here and not risk transporting the virus out of the county.
- People who are not in Summit County should not come into the county.
- For locals, if your job allows you to work from home, please make accommodations to do so. Avoid public places. Limit face-to-face contact to only those in your immediate household.
Town of Breckenridge Updates
NOTICE: We’ve always loved our visitors and our community and it’s out of that love that we are closed to walk-in customers. Town of Breckenridge has cancelled all events at Town Facilities and closed all Town Facilities to the Public. To contact each department, check the directory here. The Breckenridge Free Ride System is temporarily suspended.
The town has closed all our facilities to the public for two weeks as recommended by the Governor. The Recreation Center will be closed until further notice. Our facilities will have minimal staffing and we will ensure essential operations with those staff, as well as staff working remotely. The Town will continue to produce clean drinking water for our community. We will also continue plowing operations, though service may be reduced. Though many other Town services are not as forward facing as those in public works we will continue to assist citizens other needs via phone or email. The Town will not conduct building inspections or review building plans during this time.As mentioned, facilities are minimally staffed with essential personnel. Other staff members are teleworking. During this time with all our facilities closed to the public the Town is paying all staff members – full and part time.
- The Town is conducting regular Incident Command meetings with Senior Leadership and has developed a multi-tiered system responding to the severity of national, statewide, and community threats.
We are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 locally and statewide, as well as the recommendations from public health officials; Anticipating additional preventative measures to be taken, should the virus spread continue.
Beginning, Friday, March 13, 2020, until May 1, 2020, the Town of Breckenridge is canceling events over 50 people in Town-owned facilities. The County has further restrictions via Public Health Order regarding private events in Summit County.
Regarding our arts partners, performances and events in the Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge Theater, Speakeasy Theater, and Old Masonic Hall will be cancelled or rescheduled. Small classes and workshops on the Arts District Campus will remain open at this time. See the attached press release for details. Citizens are encouraged to inquire with Breckenridge Creative Arts or their local arts organization for more information.
- The Council also adopted an emergency ordinance declaring a public health emergency related to COVID-19. The ordinance gives the Town Manager the power and authority to make effective and timely use of all available Town resources to prepare for and respond to this public health emergency. The Town Manager’s authority will include, but not be limited to, utilizing all available Town resources to cope with the emergency, applying for applicable local, state or federal assistance, canceling or suspending any event that may negatively impact the health of the community, limiting the use of any Town-owned facility, limiting the number of people that may lawfully occupy such facility, and closing and prohibiting the use of any Town-owned facility.
- The Breckenridge Recreation Department is closing all Town recreation facilities effective immediately (Friday, March 13). Facilities will remain closed until further notice. The recreation facilities closing include the Breckenridge Recreation Center, the Skate Park, Breckenridge Tennis Center, Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Carter Park Pavilion and Gold Run Nordic Center. In addition, all recreation programs and activities are currently closed. Afterschool programs will resume once Summit School District classes resume. The Gold Run Nordic Center will not continue grooming and is closed for the season.
- The Town has closed both the Carter Park dog park and sledding hill for public safety reasons.The Town signed both the dog park and sledding hill as “closed until further notice” and locked the gates into the dog park.
Rest assured that as circumstances continue to develop, one thing will remain the same: We will make our decisions with the health and well-being of our community as our highest priority.
What can you do now?
We urge all Breckenridge residents to protect themselves with strong hygienic practices and to follow all directives from the Center for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Summit County Public Health. As with any respiratory virus, people should continue to wash their hands frequently and cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to protect themselves and others. For more information, read the CDC coronavirus fact sheet .
- Stay home or in a comparable setting as much as possible.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.
- Work from home if possible; if you can’t work from home, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and your coworkers or customers.
- Only go to public spaces for necessities such as groceries and the pharmacy.
- Continue healthy, non-group activities like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling and other activities that maintain distance from other people.
- Don’t gather in group settings.
- Avoid mass gatherings.
- Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.
- If you need to travel, use a private vehicle instead of taking buses, rideshares, flights, or other transportation that puts you in contact with other people.
- Continue to operate critical business functions, such as delivery of goods and operation of businesses, with social distancing and additional safety measures in place.
- If you live in Colorado and are leaving Summit County, you should minimize contact with other people for 14 days and watch for the development of symptoms like cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
- If you are visiting Colorado from out of state and do not currently have symptoms (cough, fever, and shortness of breath), you can return home and practice social distancing there.
- If you have symptoms, stay where you are, isolate yourself from others, and call a health care provider or nurse line before seeking care. Do not fly. Do not use public transportation or ride-shares.
- Practice social distancing.
- When possible, increase distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
- Don’t shake hands. Instead, bump fists or elbows.
- Do not attend public gatherings.
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
Testing and Symptoms
While there are recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CDPHE protocols for people who think they might have COVID-19, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center remains open and fully operational for all emergency care needs. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911 and seek immediate help. If you are worried you might have COVID-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms, please call your healthcare provider or one of the COVID-19 hotlines to receive specific guidance.
From St. Anthony's Medical Center:
Question: What should people who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 do?
• Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
• Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
• Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
• Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
• Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
• Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
• Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
• Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, and shortness of breath), you must be isolated for at least 7-10 days after the onset of symptoms. It is only safe to leave isolation if your symptoms are improving and you don't have a fever for 72 hours immediately prior to the end of your isolation. Isolation may be longer for individuals who have more severe illness or who work in high-risk occupations like health care.
Any individual who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should consult with a health care provider and consider telemedicine options.
Call your doctor if you: Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please follow these steps from the CDC to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Keep Up to Date
Learn more about the COVID-19 at:
- Summit County Public Health and Information will be providing the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19 in Summit County.
- To learn more about the 2019 novel coronavirus, including symptoms and prevention, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, which also includes a link to outbreak data from the CDC.
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- More information for at-risk populations, including ways community members can help, is available on the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
- People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish.
- Residents of Summit County can call 303-692-7603 with questions.
We are currently working with Summit County and Summit County Public Health to monitor the situation and are partnering with our public health partners and local organizations. We will continue to provide updates as warranted.