Last Updated March 31rd, 2020 at 8:45 AM
Visit Aurora is closely monitoring updates and advice from state, federal, and international organizations that are actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. Please find up-to-date information on public health conditions and travel information for Colorado. This page will be updated daily Monday-Friday as more information becomes available.
Are there any significant closures or bans in place for visitors to Aurora, such as attractions, hotels, restaurants, or meeting venues?
On March 22nd, The State has issued a Public health order that requires in-person work, that takes place outside of a private residence, to be reduced by 50% effective Tuesday, March 24th. Several industries are defined "Critical Businesses" and are exempted from the order - this includes hotels and restaurants for to-go/delivery.
On March 16th, Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order closing all on-site restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, and casinos for the next 30 days. The order defines Restaurant as: "an establishment, which is not a hotel as defined in subsection (21) of this section, provided with special space, sanitary kitchen and dining room equipment, and persons to prepare, cook, and serve meals, where, in consideration of Public Health Order 20-22 payment, meals, drinks, tobaccos, and candies are furnished to guests and in which nothing is sold excepting food, drinks, tobaccos, candies, and items of souvenir merchandise depicting the theme of the restaurant or the geographical or historic subjects of the nearby area. C.R.S. Section 44-3-103(47)."
On March 15th, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, recommends that event organizers (groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more.
On March 13th, Gov. Jared Polis spoke at a news conference, stating there will be "more definitive guidance" later Friday for venues when it comes to large gatherings. City municipalities will also give guidance to recreation centers and libraries. Polis in the news conference said he issued guidance to prohibit gatherings of more than 250 people.
Friday, March 13th, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and the Exploration of Flight campus located at Centennial Airport are temporarily closed to the public.
*** NOTE WE STRIVE TO POST THE MOST ACCURATE AND CURRENT EVENT INFORMATION, BUT CHANGES AND CANCELATIONS DO OCCUR, SO PLEASE CHECK THE OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE TO CONFIRM ALL DETAILS BEFORE ATTENDING.***
Are there any projections on the timeline or impact on the tourism industry?
No, at this time, there are no projections as the situation is rapidly evolving and being closely monitored.
What are the best resources for travelers who want to monitor this developing situation?
What are the best industry resources?
Our priority is keeping all Coloradans and visitors to our state safe. Colorado is starting to see cases of COVID-19, and we are preparing for the possibility the virus may spread. The Colorado Tourism Office is in contact with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. With this evolving situation, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and these public health authorities. When it comes to the American public, the CDC is consistent in its precaution to practice everyday preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as is typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season.
If you are visiting Colorado and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start showing symptoms (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), follow the steps below: