At the 2/25 Pitkin County Board of Health meeting members voted unanimously to change the current Traveler Affidavit program to the Traveler Responsibility Code. As of March 5, 2021, any traveler spending ONE or more nights in Pitkin County that does not meet any exemptions. This applies to ALL visits to Pitkin County if they are 10 days or more apart and includes all residents, full or part-time, and second homeowners. This does not apply to those visiting Pitkin County for the day.
The Public Health and communication teams are working hard to roll out the changes to all partners, stakeholders and individuals. This will happen by March 4th in preparation for the Friday effective date.
We recognize the Traveler Affidavit program is an important communications and education tool supported by our lodging partners in the best practices around how to travel safely either here in Pitkin County or anywhere. With over 69,964 people having filled out the form to date it’s provided us a vehicle to engage with visitors that we may not have had the opportunity to engage with in any other way-Jordana Sabella, Interim Public Health Director
Below is a snapshot of the CDC guidelines: Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
If you must travel, take these steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
- Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them. Do NOT travel if you test positive.
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.