What to Know about COVID -19 and Colorado Travel
Visit Loveland is committed to the health and safety of locals and visitors alike. We understand travelers may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. We are in close contact with the Larimer County Department of Health, the City of Loveland and The Colorado Tourism Office about travel plans.
The Colorado Tourism Office and Visit Loveland are committed to ensuring that travelers are provided with accurate, updated information about public health conditions in Colorado. We will continue to share and update as needed.
Updates from the State
On March 11, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency to support Colorado’s efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. This designation is an important declaration for the state to access key resources to protect Coloradans and our abundant visitors. Among the many positives of our state’s approach to managing the virus’ impact is the speed and agility of our actions, communications and treatment plans. The state has benefited from quick and decisive action. From increased test kits and protective equipment to remote urban and rural locations for screening, Governor Polis is committed to aggressively protecting our state. It is clear – Colorado is committed to a healthy state for all.
Precautions for Travelers
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.
While it’s critically important to remain vigilant and take useful precautions in times like these, *health and government officials have continually assured the public that healthy Americans can ‘confidently travel in this country.
- While the U.S. government has not suggested limiting domestic travel or imposing restrictions on international inbound travel beyond those already in place, this is a rapidly evolving situation.
- Travelers should not be discouraged from continuing to plan and take vacations in the state.
- Denver International Airport (DEN) is currently not on the list of airports considered high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Federal public health officials have issued NO warnings or restrictions on travel anywhere in the U.S.
The Colorado Tourism Office is in contact with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and they are in contact with public health officials in areas affected. With this evolving situation, the CTO encourages 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.
*Travelers should stay informed and take simple preventive actions.
- 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 with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
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:
- Stay inside your lodging/residence: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your lodging/residence, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas: Avoid public areas as much as possible.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor. Call a medical provider or a nurse line first and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
*At-risk groups are older individuals and those with serious chronic medical conditions, who should take extra precautions.
With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities.
Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information
- One of the best places to get the most up-to-date “real-time” information on COVID-19 in Colorado is by calling The Colorado Health Emergency Hotline: 1-877-462-2911 or by visiting CDPHE’s COVID-19 recommendations page.
- People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
- Individuals who are symptomatic can call CDPHE’s general epidemiologist at 303-692-2700 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week.
- If you have upcoming travel plans, visit the CDC’s Website for the latest travel information.
- PLEASE rely on the official, trusted sources for information and not secondhand knowledge. Rumors and bad information spread faster than any disease out there, which only causes distress.