Park City Remains Open! What to Expect When Visiting.
Updated: October 17, 2020
We feel lucky to live in a destination with so much space and outdoor opportunities, and in a community embracing COVID-19 safety measures and precautions. If you’re ready to head to the outdoors and fresh air, there are hundreds of lodging providers prepared to help you have a safe, unforgettable vacation, along with restaurants and activities open for business.
And don’t worry if you’re not quite ready—we’re here to answer your questions about Park City and COVID-19 so you can feel confident making plans for your next vacation.
Are restaurants and bars open?
Yes. Most restaurants and bars are open under the guidelines outlined by Summit County, though some have limited their hours. Per state and county guidelines, all require masks upon entry and in all indoor spaces. One seated, however, masks are not required. Restaurants have increased their spacing to allow social distancing. Outdoor seating has been expanded wherever possible, which has been very popular through the summer and fall months but will naturally be difficult as we transition to winter.
Many restaurants are also offering curbside pickup, so you can enjoy your meal in the comfort of your own hotel or vacation rental.
With much of the lodging inventory being spacious condominium hotels and vacation rentals with full kitchens and living areas, we envision in-room dining to be a popular choice for winter travelers.
Will the ski resorts be open, and what will be different?
Yes, they plan to be fully open with safety protocols in place, which we believe should make for great skiing conditions (fewer crowds, shorter lines, etc). There are numerous details you should be aware of prior to your visit, such as reserving your ski days in advance (no just showing up at the ticket window this winter). With the landscape consistently evolving, we think it’s best to refer you to the resorts for the latest information: Park City Mountain ski and COVID protocols and Deer Valley ski and COVID protocols. We’ve also compiled the latest information into a blog: how to ski and purchase tickets during covid.
What precautions do hotels and other lodging providers have to take?
All lodging providers who are open are required to follow the guidelines outlined by the state of Utah.
- Face coverings are worn in all indoor settings and where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
- Maintain signage to remind groups to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating in common areas
- Symptomatic guests should stay in their room and wear a face-covering anytime they leave the room
- Launder all exposed linens and cleaning supplies separately
Additionally, many properties have further safety protocols in place (increased common area cleaning, enhanced housekeeping protocols, reduced or removed daily housekeeping, 48 hours of empty dates between guests, remote check-in, etc.). We’ve identified each within the booking path on our site with a “Covid-19 Protocols” filter.
Increased cancellation flexibility: Many properties are offering much greater flexibility should you need to cancel or modify your reservation. Policies vary greatly by property, and even by rate selected, so be sure to review the policies on the check out page.
Are pools and hot tubs open?
Many hotels and vacation rentals have opened their pools and hot tubs. In order to open, lodging providers must:
- Operate open plunge pools at a reduced capacity that enables appropriate social distancing to between household groups on pool deck (lap pools are open at normal capacity)
- Enforce 6-foot social distancing between household groups
- Maintain signage that encourages social distancing guidelines to be met at all times
Are hotel gyms open?
Similar to pool and hot tub operations, hotel gyms can open as long as the following guidelines are obeyed:
- Employees working within 6 feet of patrons must wear face coverings
- Patrons of different households must maintain 6 feet of distance when feasible; this may be increased based on data and milestone trends. Limit the number of patrons, space or close off equipment accordingly
- Make chemical disinfectant supplies available throughout the establishment
- Post signs encouraging patrons to thoroughly disinfect equipment after use
I heard a lot of events were canceled. What else is there to do in Park City?
Yes, it’s true that many of our favorite annual events like the Park Silly Sunday Market and Deer Valley Concert Series, but there’s still plenty to do in Park City! Try a family hike or a bike ride, get takeout from your favorite restaurant, or rent a vacation home with a private hot tub.
Face Covering Mandate Details
On August 26, 2020, The Face Covering Order was extended through January 8, 2021, with the following refinements:
- Single-layer face coverings that can be seen through (such as buffs) and face coverings with two-way valves are not approved. N-95 or KN-95 masks with valves are approved for use. Both of these face-covering types have been found to provide inadequate COVID-19 prevention in national studies.
Face Covering must be worn when:
- Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor space, which is open to members of the public.
- Obtaining services from the healthcare industry in settings, including without limitation, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank, unless directed otherwise by a healthcare provider.
- Employees, staff, or volunteers engaging in work, whether inside or outside at the workplace or performing work off-site, when: Interacting in-person with any member of the public; working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; or working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution.
- At all community gatherings, indoor or outdoor, which is defined as a gathering of over fifty (50) people in any one location.