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Pitkin County traveler affidavits set for an overhaul

Aspen business leaders are raising concerns that the affidavit requirement keeps driving away potential visitors and will continue hurting the tourism trade.

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — Pitkin County leaders aren’t quite ready to swear off the traveler-affidavit program, but they expressed a willingness Tuesday to make it less restrictive and more hospitable to visitors.

> The video above from December is about Pitkin County's traveler affidavit requirements. 

Responding to Aspen business leaders’ concerns that the affidavit requirement keeps driving away potential visitors and will continue hurting the tourism trade, Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock told commissioners he and staff will recommend to the board of health at its Thursday meeting to consider a revamp of the program.

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“It would be a change or modification of the travel affidavit to make testing optional,” Peacock said.

Peacock is proposing the county no longer require travelers 10 and older to submit an online affidavit acknowledging they haven’t had symptoms for 10 days and have either been fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arriving in Pitkin County. The program also requires visitors to quarantine for 10 days if they are not tested before arrival.

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