Initiative designed to speed return to pre-pandemic lives

Jeff Kuhr

COVID-19 vaccine supply has increased significantly, and a largely volunteer-run community vaccination site operates in Mesa County. Summer events are on the horizon, and Mesa County continues to lead Colorado in reopening after the pandemic.

The next initiative as our community continues on it return to pre-pandemic life is the Free to Choose Resolution.

The resolution — which allows businesses to choose whether to limit capacity or require face coverings, social distancing or other safety measures — will go into effect when all Mesa County residents age 16 years and older have adequate access to vaccines. 

Given the number of available vaccine appointments in the community, we’re confident an appropriate level of immunity will be accessible for the initiative to go into effect mid-April. 

The resolution aligns with the Mesa County Public Health 5-Star Program that began last summer. 

MCPH partners with businesses participating in the program that follow safety measures and advertise their efforts. The purpose of the program has always been to give businesses and customers the information they need to make a choice about safety measures and the places they visit.  

In the next phase, the program will re-launch with a new website and focus on reopening. Visit safepathforward.com to see our full list of partners.

Under less restrictive levels of the dial and the Free to Choose Resolution, Mesa County Public Health continues to encourage all residents to wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible and maintain social distancing from others. 

We also encourage residents to get the life-saving vaccine at our community vaccination site. Immediate scheduling is open to all residents 16 years and older with appointments as soon as the next day.  Visit the website at health.mesacounty.us/covid19/vaccine to schedule an appointment or call 248-6900.