Hinsdale County Restrictions for Restaurants, Places of Worship, Private Home Rentals

Hinsdale County Second Variance Request Approved

On June 18, Hinsdale County has a received approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for a variance from the State’s Safer at Home orders to allow gatherings of up to 50 people and opening of theaters.

Specifically, the variance allows:

  • Group gatherings of up to 50 people, maintaining 6 feet distancing between individuals or groups and requiring multiple groups to be separated by a minimum of 20 feet.
  • Opening of movie and performance theaters at 50 percent occupancy, not to exceed 50 people, with additional alternate requirements for seating arrangements, distancing, cleaning and disinfection, and other disease prevention measures.

Approval Decision Letter

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.

Approval Decision Letter

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County were to have two epidemiologically unlinked cases or more than two linked cases, the variance is automatically rescinded.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

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.

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, except for specific activities listed in the order
  • Restaurants now open with restrictions.
  • Playgrounds and gyms open with social distancing.
  • Staying at home as much as possible recommended.
  • Travel allowed; observe local orders.



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

Facebook Live Video

Dr. Gina Carr, Medical Center at Lake City Area Medical Center, and Silver Thread Public Health Director Tara Hardy answered questions relating to the coronavirus and Hinsdale County's response during a Facebook Live broadcast on March 24, 2020. To watch the video, click on the photo below.

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.