COVID-19 Statement

CPHA Statement on COVID-19 and Coronavirus regarding Public Health in the Rockies

Update on the 2020 Public Health in the Rockies Conference

While closely monitoring the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Public Health in the Rockies Conference (PHiR) is proceeding as planned at this time.

PHiR is our biggest meeting of the year, offering important professional and networking opportunities for our community. Although the conference is still several months away, Colorado Public Health Association continues to monitor events related to COVID-19. As we learn more about this virus, we will make more informed decisions as the situation evolves.

The health and safety of our community is of primary concern. We are committed to the use of evidence in decision-making and are relying upon information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and local public health agencies. We are aware that a number of institutions have instituted temporary restrictions on travel, which may change as the course of the virus changes. 

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the public health professionals and allies in Colorado who are working tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. More information to come as we continue to monitor COVID-19.


Information from Vail Resort, the parent company of Keystone.

As a global operator of 37 ski resorts, Vail Resorts continues to monitor the rapidly evolving impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) from all angles. Unwaveringly and without question, our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our guests and employees. We are fortunate to have strong partnerships with the communities where we operate and we are closely monitoring the statements and following the guidance and recommendations from local, state/provincial and federal health agencies on COVID-19. All of our North American resorts are open as scheduled, and operating according to the most updated guidance and precautions from health officials.Over the course of the weekend, we will begin to deploy specific actions to encourage social distancing and to slow the spread of COVID-19. Actions include: 
We are reducing operations at our on-mountain, quick-serve dining facilities to avoid crowding. We will have limited pre-packaged food options available, but we will not be serving hot food. Please plan accordingly.We will ask guests to ride on chairlifts and gondolas with their parties only. We ask for our guests’ patience while we implement this new protocol.We will post signage with social distancing reminders and our employees will be on site to help encourage safe protocols.We are aware that there are event restrictions in place across many states, provinces and counties where we operate. We are – and will continue to – follow all official guidance and cancel or postpone events as directed. Updates will be posted on resort and event websites.We will continue following the most updated guidance and precautions from health officials, with attention to the cleanliness and the environment of our facilities.We continue to ask our guests and employees to follow public health officials’ guidance of frequent handwashing and to stay home if they are feeling ill. Health officials advise that people at higher risk of severe illness, including those who are 60 years or older, should stay home and away from larger groups of people as much as possible.
We are in constant contact with health officials and will continue to follow their updated guidance as provided. This means there could be additional precautions taken that could impact our operations at any time.Again, the health and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities where we live, work and play is of utmost importance. We thank everyone for their understanding during this unprecedented time.We also understand that many guests are concerned about traveling during this evolving situation and we encourage guests to refer to our standard cancellation policies posted online. Guests with reservations at Vail Resorts owned and operated lodging properties – who are due to arrive prior to April 30 – can apply the dollar amount of their deposit to a future stay at the same property for up to 365 days from the date of arrival. Additionally, guests with reservations at these properties can rebook the same dates at another resort, based on availability and at the applicable rate. Cancellation and date change policies through third party lodging and booking partners will vary by property. Guests should reach out to their reserved lodging property or reserved booking source if they need to discuss changes.