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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19: Resources and Travel Recommendations


The Visitor Information Center is temporarily closed. Non-essential travel to Colorado is not recommended at this time. Many of the state's key tourism attractions are closed, including ski resorts, restaurants, bars, arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues, sports arenas and select national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park. Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you when it is safe to travel again.

Colorado Springs is following the Governor's statewide "Stay-at-Home" order, which is currently to last through April 11 unless rescinded or modified. The order is mandatory. Coloradoans are to remain at home, and only leave their home to engage in activities or perform tasks critical to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members to go to or return from critical work. They can leave their home to:

  • Obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their family or household members.
  • Deliver those services or supplies to others, such as food, pet supplies, other household consumer products and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and critical operation of a residence.
  • Engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, state parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running and similar outdoor activities. However, all playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to public gathering and attended areas shall be closed. Perform work for critical industries.
  • Care for a family member, a vulnerable person or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual's home.
  • Seek medical care.
  • *Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate until their symptoms cease or until they have a negative test result.

Colorado Springs residents and visitors are encouraged to take reasonable precautions to prevent transmission of flu viruses, including:

  • Cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Getting a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one this year
  • Self-isolating when sick

Community Support

We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of public health officials at the local, state and national levels. There are many meaningful ways you can still #shoplocal and help some of your favorite Downtown businesses. Read more here. Please visit our "Carry On, Colorado Springs" page for all the ways you can experience and support the region during this time.

The City of Colorado Springs Economic Development is collaborating with local partners to establish business relief funds to provide financial assistance to local businesses directly affected by COVID-19. Financial assistance is being developed in the form of low-cost loan and grant programs that are being managed by organizations with the appropriate experience and expertise. Efforts on additional funds are well underway, and announcements with application information for these programs will follow.

  • Survive & Thrive COS Small Business Relief Fund - The City is working in partnership with Exponential Impact and Pikes Peak Community Foundation to provide relief loans, mentorship, and resources for small businesses.
  • Artist Recovery Fund - Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Bee Vradenburg Foundation have partnered to provide emergency support for individual artists and creative professionals in El Paso and Teller Counties who are being adversely affected due to cancellation of performances, art openings, lessons or other revenue generating artistic activity due to COVID-19.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Lenders are accepting PPP applications today for small businesses and sole proprietors. 

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Pikes Peak United Way have partnered on how we as a community can lift one another during this difficult time, standing together to support our beloved city. The Emergency Relief Fund is asking for donations, large and small, and encouraging non-profits to apply for assistance at PPCF.org, a trusted community resource. You can read more here.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment issued new emergency rules that mandate that employees who work in the fields of leisure and hospitality, food services, child care, education at all levels (including related services), home health care, nursing homes and community living facilities, must receive up to 4 days of paid sick leave if they exhibit flu-like symptoms and are being tested for COVID-19. For more information, click here.

For the most up-to-date, accurate information, please visit the following resources

 


If you have questions about upcoming events and possible cancellations or restrictions in Colorado Springs, please contact our Communications Manager at alexea@visitcos.com.


Current tourism-related restrictions and closures in the Pikes Peak region

  • Academy Hotel: The hotel is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Arati Gallery: The Gallery will be temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website
  • The Broadmoor: The Broadmoor is temporarily closed and expects to reopen for Memorial Day weekend. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center: The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center have suspended all upcoming events. The venues ask ticket purchasers to hold on to their tickets while they work to reschedule those events. You can check for updates on the website.
  • Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District: Programming has been suspended while some facilities and areas remain open. You can find updates here.
  • Cheyenne Mountain - A Dolce Resort: The resort is temporarily closed through April 30. This closure includes Mountain View Restaurant, Elevations and Alluvia Spa. Guests who booked directly with Cheyenne Mountain - A Dolce Resort through April 30 will have cancellation or change penalites waved. For bookings made by a travel agent or an online booking platform, guests are advised to contact the agent or booking platform directly. You can find updates here.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The zoo is temporarily closed and expects to reopen on April 17th. You can find updates here.
  • CityROCK: CityROCK is temporarily closed through April 30th. You can find updates here
  • The Cliff House at Pikes Peak: The Cliff House is temporarily closed with plans to begin accepting reservations after April 2020. You can find updates here
  • ColoRADo Adventure Hostel: The hostel is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website
  • El Paso County Parks: The following county parks are temporarily closed to public access: park headquarters, Bear Creek Nature Center, Fountain Creek Nature Center, county fairgrounds, park restrooms, playgrounds and picnic pavilions. You can find updates here
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: The visitor center, visitor center parking lot, adjacent picnic area and pit toilets are temporarily closed. All the Monument's trails remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state and local health guidance, in addition to entry fees being waived for visitors. Pets are not allowed on the Monument's trails. Service dogs that are specifically trained to perform a task to assist a person with a disability are permitted on a leash. You can find updates here
  • Fine Arts Center: The Fine Arts Center is temporarily closed through April 17. If you have theatre tickets or have registered for a class that is impacted, you should have received an email outlining your options. You can find updates here
  • Garden of the Gods: The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is temporarily suspending operations and postponing all programming. Garden of the Gods Park remains open. You can find updates here
  • Golf courses: In collaboration with local and state public health officials, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department adjusted policies and procedures at its two municipal golf courses - Patty Jewett and Valley Hi - to provide a safe and compliant outdoor recreation option for residents during the state's stay-at-home order. Modifications include no walk-on play, suspension of rental carts and other equipment, and the removal of shared touchable surfaces, including bunker rakes, ball washers, water stations and scorecards. The clubhouses are closed for public use, and food and beverage service is suspended. The driving range is also closed, and the practice area is open only to those with tee times, which are available from 10am-5pm daily.
  • Great Wolf Lodge: The resort is temporarily closed through May 19th. You can find updates here
  • Hilton Garden Inn: The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Colorado Springs is temporarily closed. It will closely monitor circumstances and adjust the dates accordingly. You can find updates here
  • The Lodge at Flying Horse: The lodge is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Manitou Arts Center: The Manitou Arts Center and Venue 515 are temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings: Manitou Cliff Dwellings is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Manitou Incline: At the request of the City of Manitou Springs, the Incline is temporarily closed, and Route 33 that services the Incline is canceled. You can find updates here.
  • Michael Garman Gallery & Magic Town: The Gallery & Magic Town is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • The Mining Exchange Hotel: The Mining Exchange is temporarily closed. Its sister property, The Antlers Hotel, will remain open to accommodate displaced Mining Exchange guests and honor existing contracts. You can find updates here.
  • Money Museum: The Money Museum is closed through April 30th. The public is invited to explore virtual exhibits on the website during this time. You can find updates here.
  • National Museum of World War II Aviation: The museum is temporarily closed through April 30th. You can find updates here.
  • Pikes Peak - America's Mountain: Pikes Peak remains open to online reservations only. Visitors will not be able to pay via credit card or cash at the gate. Staff will encourage social distancing to all guests. You can find updates here.
  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: The race will not be conducted on June 28, 2020, but instead will be slated to take place on Sunday, August 30. You can find updates here.
  • Pikes Peak Library District: All Pikes Peak Library District locations are temporarily closed. You can find updates here
  • Pikes Peak Trolly Museum and Restoration Shop: The museum is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Pikes Peak Workforce Center: PPWFC has transitioned to offering services only via phone or online, at least through May 1. Its staff is available to help members of the community who may be accessing the state's unemployment insurance website for their benefits. You can find updates here.
  • Pioneers Museum: The museum is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame: The Hall of Fame is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park: The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is temporarily closed. You can find updates here.
  • Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience: The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience is temporarily closed. Check back for a re-opening date on the website.
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad: The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is temporarily closed through April 18th. You can find updates here.
  • Sunwater Spa: Sunwater Spa is temporarily closed through April 30th. You can find updates here.
  • Space Symposium: The Space Foundation has postponed the 36th Space Symposium. It is tentatively rescheduled for October 31-November 3. You can find updates here.
  • Switchbacks: The USL Championship has suspended the 2020 season for a minimum of 30 days. The Switchbacks' collective priority is the health and safety of fans, players and staff. Any Switchbacks home matches that occur while play is suspended are postponed and intended to be rescheduled for a later date. You can find updates here.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy: The U.S. Air Force Academy is temporarily closed to visitors. Graduation has been moved up to April 18th. You can find updates here.
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Musem: The museum grand opening is postponed. Check back for an opening date on the website.
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center: Tours of the OPTC are not currently being offered. You can find updates here.

While it’s certainly a difficult time across the globe for tourism, we look forward to welcoming visitors again soon.

Alexea Veneracion

Communications Manager
Alexea@VisitCOS.com
719-685-7639

Alexea joined VCOS in February 2020 after spending five years at a public relations agency. She oversees VCOS’ internal and external communications, including media and influencer relationships, social media strategy and editorial content. Ask her about the next 14er on her hiking list or her adorable (but mischievous) golden retriever named Ranger.