Can you travel to the mountains to hike, ski under new COVID restrictions?

In case you’re wondering whether you’re allowed to travel from metro area counties to the mountains for hiking or skiing under the governor’s COVID-19 public health order, the answer is yes, but public health officials would prefer you don’t.

According to the updated public health order that goes in to effect Friday, Coloradans in Level Red or “severe risk” counties — which include all in the Denver metro area — are “encouraged” not to travel but are not prohibited from doing so.

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The 68-page order says at Level Red, “individuals are encouraged to limit travel to Necessary Travel.” Under the newly created Level Purple “Extreme Risk,” which would be a stay-at-home order state officials are trying to avoid, only “Necessary Travel” would be allowed.

Either way, “Necessary Travel” as defined by the order includes “providing or accessing Necessary Activities.” Ski areas are classified under Necessary Activities, as are hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking and running.

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