To the Community of Angel Fire,
My staff and I have been monitoring the progress of Covid-19 since early February. I understand the anxiety some of you are feeling right now and I hear your concerns with the many emails and telephone calls I receive daily.
As your Mayor, I assure you that we have been preparing, planning, and communicating with Local, Regional, and State officials on a regular basis. We knew it was only a matter of time until we were personally affected by the spread of this virus and now is the time for us to maintain our “Village Mentality”, and to be a little extra kind and patient with our neighbors and friends.
For nearly a month now we have modified the work schedules of our employees and reduced the amount of interaction at Village Hall. We have had to close the Community Center, Visitors Center, and Motor Vehicle Division.
Last week, the first positive test of Covid-19 arrived in Colfax County and yesterday, the second case in “Western Colfax County”, was reported. The second case may have been due to “community spread”.
We will continue to be diligent to slow the spread of this virus, but I need all of you to be diligent as well. By order of the Governor, our retail stores must continue to only allow 20% of the maximum occupancy into their stores at any one time, our hotels must continue to only allow 25% total occupancy, our short term rentals must cease and our restaurants must help customers maintain social distancing during pick-up/take-out orders until April 30, 2020.
For all of you still working in our local businesses please use a “Best-Practices” approach and wear a mask, gloves, and continue to clean flat surfaces regularly. Our community members must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, and do not participate in gatherings of more than 5 people so that we may effectively slow the spread of Covid-19.
We all must continue to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary, and continue to wash or sanitize our hands regularly and maintain cough etiquette. The Department of Health is recommending that we wear cloth, non-medical masks when traveling outside of our homes on essential outings.
Together, we will get through this very difficult time.
Mayor, Village of Angel Fire