May 29, 2020
Keep Grand Safe, Keep Grand Healthy
Last Updated: July 8, 2020
We’re not out of the woods yet, but our community has done a great job containing the virus during the “stay at home” order. Winter Park lodging (including short-term rentals), restaurants, and businesses are open and ready to safely welcome back guests.
To keep everyone safe as we move towards reopening, please continue washing your hands frequently and staying six feet apart. Wearing a face covering is required when entering and while inside any business open to the public as well as in outdoor public places where people are unable to maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Outside of these scenarios, face coverings are not required. Learn more
Our top priority is to ensure that all residents and guests have a safe experience enjoying the outdoors and local amenities. Use these resources as you start to venture out so you can support local businesses and find new ways to recreate while social distancing.
Get Out and Play!
Venture out this summer and explore your own backyard! Visit the Headwaters Trails Alliance to find new trails and campgrounds to love so we can all spread out.
Also be aware that there will be some road and trail closures this summer as part of regular maintenance. A portion of Vasquez Road will be closed starting June 1. The Headwaters Trails Alliance has the latest information about trail closures.
The Town of Winter Park has taken action to help local restaurants be able to quickly expand their patios and outdoor seating - read about our efforts. Local staff are taking every precaution to ensure that guests can enjoy a safe experience - see the safety precautions. Your patio seat is waiting!
Winter Park Short-Term rentals are now able to be open under Grand County’s Approved Variance Request. Operators are eager to welcome back visitors and will be following extensive safety guidelines. See the safety guidelines
For Part-Time Residents
We’re glad you’re back. A lot has changed over these past few months but what we love most about Winter Park hasn’t. The air is still clear, the mountains still majestic, and the rivers and streams are still running fast in early Summer. Our doors are reopening and the community is ready to welcome all those who want to venture out and explore our open spaces this summer or just reflect, relax, and destress.
2020 Event Season
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber has canceled the 2020 summer music events to protect the health and safety of our community, including full and part-time residents, vacationers, and visitors. We are following the recommendations of our national and state health experts and are hopeful for next year's events and line-up. We look forward to the days when seats will be filled again.
Our Summer events in the Rendezvous Event Center may be canceled but our doors are reopening and we are ready to welcome all those who want to venture out and explore wide-open spaces this summer. If you are looking for biking, hiking, fishing, or a variety of outdoor experiences, Winter Park has it in spades. And, if all you want to do is reflect, relax, and destress, you can do that too -- we really are #ColoradoUnfiltered! We're crafting a few incredible choose-your-own-experience adventures that we'll be posting soon - stay tuned! More information
UPDATES & CLOSURES
May 19, 2020
Due to the pandemic's impact on our business community, Town Council approved an emergency ordinance that immediately suspends certain regulations and fees through October 31, 2020. The ordinance suspends the following:
- The single-use plastic bag fee
- Sign ordinance regulations prohibiting sandwich boards and banners located on sidewalks as long as they don’t impede pedestrians
- The design review process, associated fees and building permit fees for the expansion of patios
- Parking requirements for restaurants to allow for expansions of patios into private parking areas
The ordinance also authorizes the Town Clerk to administratively grant local authority approval for liquor license expansion of premise applications; State approval and fees are still required.