Hinsdale County Variance Request Approved
On Saturday afternoon, May 23, Hinsdale County received notification about the variance request from the state’s Safer at Home order. The variance was approved with extra guidance for restaurants and places of worship.
The state’s response on the variance for restaurants, private residences being used as short-term rentals, and places of worship is attached here. The variance request was approved with the following amendment for restaurants and places of worship: In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit, ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time.
Specific restrictions for each area of the variance are attached here. Restaurants, private residences being used as short-term rentals, and places of worship must follow these variance restrictions. The variance approval is limited to these three functions; in all other respects, the requirements of the Safer at Home Executive Order and Public Health Order remain in effect for Hinsdale County.
This variance is granted based on the facts and circumstances described in the request. If Hinsdale County were to have two epidemiologically unlinked cases or more than two linked cases, the variance is automatically rescinded. Additionally, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reserves the right to modify or rescind this variance approval as circumstances warrant. This approval is in effect until the final expiration of the state’s Safer at Home orders, which will be extended in some capacity beyond the current expiration date next week.
Colorado Safer at Home Orders in Place until May 26
Currently Colorado is under Safer at Home public health orders. Under these orders Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. These orders are in place until Monday, May 26, when they will be reviewed by the Governor.
Further information on the State's Safer at Home orders is available at: Colorado Safer at Home
Under Safer at Home orders:
- Gatherings still limited to less than 10 people
- Restaurants remain limited to take-out service only. No on-premises dining.
- Playgrounds and gyms are still closed.
- Private homes rented for less than 30-days still prohibited.
- No non-essential travel recommended. Coloradans shouldn't travel more than ten miles from home to recreate.
Workers, Employers Economic Support Information
CARES Act - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. Click HERE for a CARES Act Support Guide for workers, families, and employers, which includes information and resources regarding the following:
• Direct Economic Support Payments;
• Unemployment Benefits;
• Paid Sick and Family Leave;
• Food and Nutrition;
• Small Businesses and Nonprofits;
• General Business;
• Nonprofit Support;
• and Other Benefits.
Paying rent, paying bills and food assistance:
Numbers for western Colorado; 888-217-1215, 970-244-8400
Hinsdale County, Town of Lake City Declare Local Disaster Emergency
March 14, 2020
On March 14, Hinsdale County and Town of Lake City declared a local disaster emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our communities and neighboring counties.
PARTICIPATE IN THE CENSUS ONLINE
Census employees are distributing packets in Lake City and Hinsdale County starting this week. Most of the country gets their packets in the mail but PO Boxes do not count as an address.The packets are in white plastic "2020Census" bags.
HINSDALE COUNTY RESIDENTS! you don't need to wait for the questionnaires! You can go online right now to https://2020census.gov/en.html and complete the questionnaire online.
State of the County
Hinsdale County Board of County Commissioners has released a State of the County report. Download the document here.
Hinsdale County Board of County Commissioners has approved the Department & Commission Goals and Strategic Actions for 2020. To download the document, click here.
Monitor the Hinsdale County Emergency Facebook page for up-to-the-minute emergency notifications or information.
To receive emergency alerts, download the CodeRED app, or register here.