Over the past few weeks, we have experienced many changes throughout the Gunnison Valley as a result of COVID-19. In an unprecedented move, Vail shut down their North American ski resorts early, including Crested Butte Mountain Resort, which brought on an early off-season. Soon after we saw our county close all non-essential businesses and impose strict travel restrictions in and out of Gunnison County.
Understandably, these can be scary and confusing times for many. There are probably many questions about COVID-19 and how it will affect our daily lives. While many of us continue to work remotely, we want to assure you that Gunnison County officials have done a great job being proactive in the steps they are taking to stay ahead of this virus. The first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Gunnison County on March 9th. With that confirmation, officials began closing and restricting business operations throughout the valley. With additional cases being confirmed in the following weeks, Public Health Orders were issued and our communities were asked to practice social distancing and self isolation. This has definitely helped slow the spread of the virus.
Gunnison County has set up a website dedicated to supplying our communities with information on COVID-19. You can find current updates, community resources, business resources as well as other helpful information here:
It has been heartwarming to watch our communities come together through all of this. From our local First Responders and Health Care Providers who are putting in extra long hours on the front lines to our local businesses, everyone is doing what they can to continue providing for the community. As you know, many of our restaurants and retail shops have had to close early, leaving hundreds of employees finding themselves suddenly out of work. We can continue to support our local businesses even during this time of crisis. Shop online at your favorite town shops if you find yourself in need of any books, gifts or supplies; many of them are shipping. These locally owned shops and restaurants are vital to maintain our unique charm and attraction to the Gunnison Valley.
With the warmer weather came some good news when Hartman Rocks and other Public Lands announced that, for now, trails are open. Keep in mind though, trailhead and parking lot load restrictions must be respected. Keep practicing social distancing and wearing your masks in public. We will get through this!
If you would like to make a contribution to the First Responder COVID-19 Relief Fund click here.