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Larimer County, CO --- Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and the Town of Estes Park are extending the existing public health orders limiting visitors to Estes Park by closing short-term accommodations within the Estes Valley to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The orders were issued March 21 and will be extended through April 26, aligning with the current stay-at-home orders. 

The age and health of a significant portion of the population in Estes Park places it at risk of serious health complications from COVID-19. Although most individuals who contract COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, people with mild symptoms and asymptomatic persons with COVID-19 may place other vulnerable members of the public at significant risk.

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and the Town of Estes Park are limiting visitor services in the Town and discouraging visitation. The town’s hospital has also urged the Town to shut down hotels, motels, and vacation rentals to limit the number of tourists into the town. The orders from the Town and Larimer County limit accommodations in the Estes Park area. These orders went into effect on March 23 at 12 p.m. and now remain in effect through April 26, 2020. There are exceptions for local workers, long-term residents of short-term facilities, and those who are ill or quarantined. 

The complete orders may be viewed at and The direct link to the Town’s order is

Town Administrator Travis Machalek commented, “The health of the people in our community remains our number one priority, and these orders are still needed to get Estes Park through the pandemic. When the public health experts tell us that it’s time to begin lifting restrictions like these, we will eagerly support the reopening of our businesses and welcome guests back to the valley.”

“These actions are essential to protect the health of the people in the Estes Valley area and minimize the impacts of this pandemic locally,” says Public Health Director Tom Gonzales. “We need people who aren’t currently housed in the Estes Valley to stay where they are and not travel up there.” 

You can help slow the spread of viruses by: 

  • staying home,
  • increasing distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread,
  • washing hands frequently with soap and water, 
  • avoiding touching your face,
  • covering coughs and sneezes, 
  • staying home when sick,
  • wear fabric masks when visiting essential businesses like a grocery store, and 
  • avoiding close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at or Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.

Published on: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 4:43pm
Contact Details: 

Kori Wilford, MPH

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