COVID-19 Resources & Updates 

04 June 2020

As a community, we are all coping with rapidly changing information around the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update information as it becomes available. At this time, we are asking visitors to refrain from travel to Ridgway until further notice. 

The current Public Health Orders in effect in Ouray County are a combination of state orders and county-initiated orders. Please read the April 27 release from County Public Health Director Tannery Kingery for details. 

Currently allowed:

  • Safer at Home order in effect
  • Retail - Curbside service can begin
  • Real Estate - showings can resume (no open houses)
  • Retail and Personal Services can open if implementing best practices
  • Offices can reopen at 50% reduced capacity, if best practices are being implemented. Note: if you can continue telecommuting at higher levels, you are encouraged to do so.

As of May 4:

The Ouray Board of County Commissioners approved amendments to the April 27 Public Health Orders. The current, amended order outlines the following:

  • Second homeowners and non-residents
    • no longer required to quarantine for 14 days after May 15 (the expiration date of that order)
  • Hotels and Lodges
    • open at 50% (or 10 rooms whichever is larger) on May 15
    • open at 100% two weeks later (May 29)
  • VRBO, Airbnb & other Short-term Rentals
    • The Governor's Safer-At-Home order does not allow "private, short-term vacation-style rentals" that are rented for a period of 30 days or fewer, except if offered for use for the public health response.
    • See attached "Safer at Home Order" pg. 27.
    • Short-term rentals cannot operate until the state's Safer-At-Home Order expires at midnight on May 27.
    • Unified Command is working on putting together a variance request for short-term rentals to present to the state. There is no guarantee that the variance application will be successful.
  • 4X4 roads
    • will be plowed on schedule as in past years
    • opening dates of each road are not available, but should be around historic opening dates
Please contact us at if you have closures or event cancellations to announce.

The following events are canceled or postponed due to Covid-19:

  • Ridgway Library programs, classes, meeting room reservations, and events - Canceled
  • Sherbino events - canceled until further notice. Virtual events are being held.
  • Weekhawken events - canceled until further notice. Virtual events are being held. 
  • Ouray County Performing Arts Guild - all events canceled through end of May 
  • May 16: ROCC Parking Lot Sale - Canceled
  • May 30: Ridgway 1K Rally - Canceled
  • May 30: Love Your Valley - Canceled
  • June 1-5: Ridgway Railroad Museum Work Week - Canceled
  • June 14: Michael McCullough's Amateur Sculpting Contest - Postponed to date TBD
  • June 27: Trail Town 10 - Canceled
  • June 27: Ridgway RiverFest - Canceled

The following businesses and organizations are offering adapted services: 

Public Health Orders by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment are closing several businesses for varying periods. Please see the Information Resources to the right for details. The Ridgway Chamber created a web page specifically for updates by retail food establishments in our area

  • 610 Arts Collective - open online or by appointment at 970-318-0150
  • Dr. Abigail Seaver, ND - telemedicine and phone consults; in-person consultations begin May 11
  • Alpine Bank - operating all branch lobbies by appointment only. Drive up and walk up banking 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, plus night drop and ATMs available
  • Eagle Wings Medical - open with some services by phone
  • Lupita's - open by appointment and for virtual and phone shopping; gift certificates available
  • Mountain Girl Gallery 
  • The Mac Doctor- open with no-contact service available
  • Ouray County Plaindealer - offering Open for Business ad specials
  • Ridgway Adventure Sports - Available by appt. Bike shop open 10am to 2pm everyday. 
  • Ridgway Family Dentistry - open with health safet procedures in place
  • Ridgway Office Supply - click here for adapted hours and services
  • Ridgway Pilates - offering online group and private sessions
  • Ridgway Town Hall - offices closed to the public; staff available by email and phone 
  • Ridgway Yoga Shala - offering online classes 
  • RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service - online sales and delivery, we will coordinate daily store pick-ups 
  • River Peak Dental - emergency services only, please call and leave a voicemail 
  • San Juan Liquors - Call-in orders only, 970-626-4060. We will have your order put together and ready for out side pick up.
  • San Miguel Power Association - offices closed to the public until further notice
  • Second Chance Thrift Store - accepting donations on a limited schedule with plans of partial re-opening on May 4
  • Sherbino Theater - virtual events 
  • Skin Caring Services - online consultation, product delivery, online gift certificates. 
  • United Church of the San Juans - no service, open Sundays 9am-11am for private prayer
  • The Vault - online sales and gift cards 
  • Weehawken Arts - Virtual dance classes 

The following businesses and organizations are currently closed due to Covid-19:

  • Gay's Healing Touch - closed until April 30
  • Massage by Kaadi - closed until April 30
  • Ouray Hot Springs Pool - closed until further notice
  • Ouray School District - buildings closed with remote learning through the end of academic year
  • Ridgway Library - closed until further notice (Patrons should keep all checked-out materials and not use the outside drop box. All overdue fines will be waived.)
  • Ridgway School District - buildings closed with remote learning through the end of academic year
  • Ridgway State Park- visitor center, playgrounds, campgrounds, and yurts closed; low-risk outdoor recreation still permitted
  • Uncompahgre National Forest- all facilities closed and trail use is discouraged
  • Voyager Youth Program - closed until further notice
  • Western Slope Rides - closed until further notice
  • Wholeness Massage - closed until further notice
  • Wright Opera House

Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19, and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).

P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432


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