COVID-19 in Aspen: Adjusting to a Temporarily Different Way of Life

COVID-19 in Aspen: Adjusting to a Temporarily Different Way of Life

  • Brittanie Rockhill
  • 03/23/20

As storybook like as Aspen is, we are not in a bubble from coronavirus—BUT we do have the geographic fortune of having access to the outdoors, which means we can follow social distancing protocols without being stuck inside! This is very helpful for mental and physical health as we get through this together with some fresh air. Follow social distancing protocols by staying a minimum of six feet apart from anyone not in your household. Wash your hands before you leave and as soon as you return to your house. Please don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk. Subscribe to the Pitkin Alert text message updates by texting CVIRUS to 888-777 and stay up to date with the Colorado Department of Public Health at here.

What Does COVID-19 Mean for Businesses in Aspen?

Aspen is a very tight-knit community made up of full time and seasonal residents that consider Aspen “home.” In any given season, our population numbers are ebbing and flowing which keeps things consistently interesting—something I love about living here! “Off-Season” hit Aspen early this year, when our ski lifts were shut down per Governor Pollis’ executive order to close all downhill ski operations. The world is feeling the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our town counts on a busy March with many locals in the service industry. Small businesses in Aspen are not immune to the struggles. Here are some ideas to help yourself and local Aspen businesses:

Everyone Has to Eat—Order Carryout, Delivery and Use Grocery Delivery!

Dining in may not be an option for the time being, but most local restaurants are still open for carryout and delivery. You can still support your favorite restaurants by ordering meals or booze to go! Here is a link to the restaurants that are still operating. Grocery delivery is available from Clark’s Market or Instacart.

Workout Online

You can stay in shape while practicing safe social distancing and supporting local business at the same time! You can take online classes and sign up for streaming online workout programs at several local gyms and yoga studios. Streaming on Instagram stories you can take classes by following @cyclebar_aspen and @pbaspenlive; watch for classes in the Instagram page story. Take Shakti yoga classes on Shakti’s YouTube Channel.

Read A Book

Explore Booksellers is offering curbside pickup for orders placed over the phone (970) 925-5336. They are also considering a delivery option, if this is something you’d be interested in please email them at [email protected]. You can also purchase audiobooks from them via You’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one and 100% of your payments will go to Explore Booksellers.

Stay Connected & Share Your Feedback Online

Follow your favorite businesses on social media. Like and comment on their posts. Show them your love and support during this tough time. Online reviews are also huge for local businesses. Whether you use Yelp, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn or other review sites and social media platforms, take the time to write positive reviews and provide good ratings when you are pleased with the services or your purchase.

Buy Gift Cards

As restaurants, shops and other establishments are forced to close down temporarily, reduce hours and cut staff, one great way to support them is to buy gift cards. You can purchase gift credit now, which helps them with much-needed revenue to survive the slow times. Then, later you can use the gift cards whenever you see fit. Here is a link to the majority of Aspen’s restaurants.

Remember, we’re all in this together. Aspen is a strong community and we’ll come out the other side of this even stronger when we support one another. If you have any real estate questions, please feel free to call me at (970) 366-0891 or email me at [email protected]. I’m always here to help!

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