The Estes Park Town Board has enacted an emergency ordinance through June 10 requiring the use of face coverings by everyone in public areas of any business within Estes Park town limits – including employees, vendors and customers. Businesses are responsible for ensuring these requirements. In addition, the Town's ordinance also requires the use of facial coverings when outdoors in the Commercial Downtown zoning district. A campaign is underway to support businesses with storefront signage, and to install outdoor signage. Materials will be posted at www.estes.org/covid-19 as soon as they are available. The Town's order is similar to the public health order issued by Larimer County May 3, except the local order adds the outdoor requirement for downtown.
The Commercial Downtown zoning district includes Elkhorn Avenue, Moraine Avenue, and side streets including but not limited to MacGregor Avenue, Park Lane, Virginia Avenue, Weist Drive, Cleave Street, West Riverside Drive, Ivy Street, and all parks located downtown including the Riverwalk, Tregent Park, Bond Park, George Hix Riverside Plaza, and outdoor spaces at the Estes Park Visitor Center. View a map of the Commercial Downtown district at https://estespark.maps.arcgis.com/apps/SimpleViewer/index.html?appid=0c6e1d9944ee4cec92cb8aca4fb090dc and via www.estes.org/maps.
Mayor Wendy Koenig commented, "If the risk of people encountering and sharing the virus while in Estes is mitigated, then what happened last winter in Colorado ski towns may not be a prelude to what occurs here." The mayor noted her chief concern is the health and safety of the people who live in, work in and visit Estes Park.
A face covering should be a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person's nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one's hands. Cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction. Exceptions are granted for children under two years of age and individuals with a medical condition which makes wearing a face covering a risk to their health or breathing.
View the complete Town of Estes Park face covering ordinance 07-20 at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-sItqZRriV4omGMbNc5vqM7EoM_KPYNh
and via www.estes.org/covid-19. View the Larimer County public health order at https://www.larimer.org/sites/default/files/uploads/2020/public-health-face-covering-order.pdf and via https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19.
The Town reopens Riverside and Tregent public restrooms
As more businesses begin to reopen, the Town has reopened public restrooms at Tregent Park and Children's Park. The public restrooms at Town Hall and the Estes Park Visitor Center remain open.
Need someone to talk to?
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is stressful for people. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Talking to someone can make all the difference. Summitstone Health, in partnership with the Health District of Northern Colorado, is able to help. If you are in crisis, please use the crisis help line at 970-494-4200 ext. 4 or text TALK to 38255 to receive mental health crisis support.
Help your community by making and donating fabric masks
Donation site at Town Hall
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is collecting homemade masks for essential workers. The Town has a donation site at the western Town Hall entrance (vestibule entry to the Police Department, 170 MacGregor Ave.) It will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information below. Thank you for your support!