Updated March 26, 2020
We are currently navigating through unprecedented times. Our biggest challenge has been witnessing how the coronavirus (COVID-19) hinders the very things our town holds near and dear; community, togetherness, companionship, and most of all, sharing these experiences in the great outdoors amongst family and friends. While Ouray has long been a gathering place for friends around the world, at this time we are asking for distance as our community needs to focus on strengthening during this challenging time.
Luckily, our community was founded upon resilience. Whether blazing a trail, climbing a crag, or enjoying the town's rich mining history and natural resources, these activities demand a keen sense of adventure and perseverance. Since our founding, these values have been deeply ingrained in our local heritage and we are confident that we will emerge stronger than ever when this situation passes.
With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage both our community and the traveling public to follow all guidance offered by the CDC, local, and state public health authorities.
Supporting Local Business
Now more than ever, local businesses need your support. If you’re able, please support our local shopping and dining scene as many of our favorite restaurants, grocers, brewers, and cafes are open and ready to serve. Below, you can find a list of open businesses and restaurants who are making "eating-in" easier than ever.
The Ouray Visitor’s Center & Ouray Tourism Office are monitoring the outbreak situation with guidance from the Ouray County Public Health Agency (OCPHA) and Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) to keep local residents and visitors informed.
- On Tuesday, March 25th, Gov. Jared Polis issued a mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado on Wednesday to take effect Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m., and to last through April 11 unless rescinded or modified. Click here to read the entire public order. The public health order requires people in Colorado to stay at home, except when doing necessary activities including:
Obtaining food, medicine, other household supplies.
Going to and from work if you are a critical employee (Please see list of critical businesses below).
Seeking medical care.
Caring for family, household members, and animals.
Caring for a vulnerable person in another location.
Participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other people and by your home.
- On Monday, March 15th, Governor Polis announced he is signing an executive order to extend the income tax payment deadline from April 15th until July 15th - this order applies to all filers. The federal tax payment deadline was also extended to July 15th. All taxpayers are still required to file by April 15th.
- As of March 20 at 4:00 pm, Ouray County issued numerous Notice of Public Health Orders:
- Order for all restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and gymnasiums countywide to close through April 30, 2020. - Please note that many are still available for takeout and delivery, we will have a resource posted soon.
- Order restricting overnight lodging services.
- Order that limits mass gatherings in the county to ten (10) individuals.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is limiting all gatherings to 10 people, effective for at least 30 days.
- Governor Polis Announced on March 16th that dining in restaurants and bars is prohibited, although many in Ouray remain open and allow take out or delivery services.
- President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13th amid the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over a thousand Americans, (find current U.S. numbers here), offering $50 billion in federal funds. The invoking of the Stafford Act during an emergency allows the federal government to send more resources to states and municipalities struggling to stem the outbreak. The declaration comes after the FDA said it would speed up testing, and leaders across the country take extraordinary measures such as closing schools and banning large public gatherings.
- Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10 to protect public health and our vulnerable populations, and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- While there are no restrictions on travel to or from Colorado, the state encourages residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The State encourages those most at risk — older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions — to take stronger precautions to avoid infection. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships, per CDC recommendations.
Both Residents and Travelers Should Stay Informed and Take Preventative Actions
- 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 living area, as well as personal items such as cell phones and other using regular household products.
If you are visiting Colorado and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start showing symptoms (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), follow the steps below:
- Stay inside your lodging/residence: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your lodging/residence, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas: Avoid public areas as much as possible.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor. Call your medical provider or a nurse line first and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- At-risk groups are older individuals and those with serious chronic medical conditions, who should take extra precautions.
- Ouray & Ridgway - Local Dining Options
- Ouray & Ridgeway - Business Open Now (coming soon)
- Ouray County Civic Alert
- Ouray County COVID-19 Hotline - (970)-626-5484
- Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 Page - Multi-agency webpage with the Ouray Public Health Agency
- Small Business Association Emergency Loan Information
- Colorado State COVID-19 Resource Center
- Ouray County Resources - A website of local resources proudly provided by the Sherbino, Weehawken, and 610 Arts team.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Travel Information
- US Travel Association: Coronavirus Toolkit
- Ouray County Public Health - Civic Alerts
- Mesa County Public Health
- Mesa County Public Health - Resources for Businesses
What Else Can You Do to Help?
- Practice social distancing
- Support the local economy by purchasing gift cards to your favorite restaurants, services, hotels, and other businesses. You can view our local business listings here.
- Remain healthy, and stay home if you are experiencing symptoms
- Donate, contribute, or volunteer to the Ouray County Food Pantry
- While keeping your distance, reach out to friends, family and neighbors, see if anyone needs help