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Travel can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. As more of Colorado opens, we ask all visitors to respect the wishes, public health guidelines, and capacity of our local destinations. Keep in mind that guidance may vary county-by-county, so it’s important to plan ahead, be prepared, and be flexible. 

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Things to consider

  • Non-essential travel is not recommended, and some kinds of travel may pose higher risks.

  • Find out if COVID-19 is spreading where you’re going and always check restrictions in the area to which you are traveling. To get the most up-to-date information on local orders and variances, contact the area’s local public health agency.

  • If you or those you are traveling with are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, consider limiting your travel.

  • Traveling to places where there is widespread transmission or to places where you intend to participate in large gatherings increases your chances of being exposed to COVID-19. 

  • For any trip, consider what you will do if you become ill while you’re away.

When to avoid travel

  • If you are sick.

  • If you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

  • Do not travel with someone else who is sick.

Visitors to Colorado

  • Our priority is keeping all Coloradans and visitors to our state safe.
  • If you are visiting Colorado and start showing symptoms of COVID-19, stay away from others and follow the instructions on how to isolate and get tested.
    • Stay inside your lodging/residence except to get medical care (see below).
      • People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness.
    • Avoid public areas and crowds.
    • Avoid public transportation including buses, taxis, and ride-sharing.
    • Separate yourself from other people, including those in your group/family.
      • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Use a separate bathroom if available.
  • CALL a hospital, urgent care, or other health care facility BEFORE going in. Tell them that you have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19. This will help the health care provider take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

If you become sick or are exposed to COVID-19 while traveling in Colorado
  • In Colorado, the local public health agency or the state public health agency may issue public health orders to quarantine or isolate if you become ill or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 while you are visiting. 

  • Public health orders may limit your travel or even require you to stay in Colorado during your quarantine or isolation, at your own expense. This means you may not be able to leave the state, regardless of how you travel (e.g. private car or airplane). This ensures not only your safety but the safety of those you may come in contact with on your trip home.

Travelers should stay informed and take preventive actions

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  • Protect yourself and others during your travels:

    • Make or buy a cloth covering that will cover your mouth and nose completely. Scarves and bandanas will work as coverings. Wash your face covering frequently.

    • Avoid close contact with others. Keep six feet of physical distance from others, even when wearing a face covering or mask.

    • Avoid crowded areas and settings.

    • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.

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