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Colorado reopening all welcome centers, launches safe travel initiative focused on coronavirus

All welcome centers will be reopened by July 1 to help promote the Care for Coloradans initiative.

COLORADO, USA — Colorado officials spoke about a new initiative Care for Colorado promoting safe travel during the coronavirus pandemic in the Colorado Unified Command Center's weekly meeting.

Cathy Ritter, director of the Colorado Office of Tourism, said that as part of the initiative all welcome centers in the state will reopen by July 1.

Ritter said one of the campaigns focus on five steps travels should follow to reduce their risk contracting or spreading COVID-19:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Keep six feet of distance from others
  3. Stay home if you are sick
  4. Wash hands often and be mindful of what you touch
  5. Follow local health guidelines

Ritter also said that a website has been launched that is meant to be a resource for businesses on how to adjust for COVID-19, including guidance on what to do if a business suspects an outbreak.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) reiterated that safe travel includes following social distancing protocols that have already been put in place.

Hirlihy said that anyone considering traveling and/or participating in social activities should consider factors including if COVID-19 is actively spreading in the area, are you or anyone you live with particularity at risk from COVID-19, how many people will be involved and other factors.

Hirlihy said she believes COVID-19 numbers remain low in Colorado while nearby states are seeing spikes because of personal choices made by residents, such as choosing to wear a mask.

Herihly also said the state continues to work on updated guidelines for assisted living homes, but said there is currently no release date for any changes.

>Click here for more information from Care for Colorado's homepage on the state's website.

>Click here to go to BeAColoradoConcierge.com, a coronavirus resource from the state for businesses.

Gov. Jared Polis announced on Monday that Colorado was moving to a new round of safer-at-home guidelines that eased more restrictions.

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As the state guidelines change, City and County of Denver agencies are beginning to reopen, and on Friday, all the city's dog parks will open, along with Denver DMV locations, the Clerk and Recorder's Office and other facilities.

RELATED: Denver dog parks, other facilities to reopen with restrictions

Vail Resorts announced Thursday that five Colorado resorts will open in the coming weeks with limited operations.

Keystone and Crested Butte are set to open on June 26, Vail and Beaver Creek on July 1, and Breckenridge will follow on July 4. They will all open with a focus on mountain access and scenic lift rides.

RELATED: Mountain resorts to begin summer operations


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