Taos Ski Valley Mayor Christof Brownell is discouraging visitors from coming to the village of Taos Ski Valley to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
In an executive order signed Friday (March 27), the village is asking visitors not to enter the valley until the end of the emergency. In addition, Brownell has ordered all nonmedical businesses to close for the time being.
This closure applies to all short-term rental properties within the village that are not related to the medical field or quarantine purposes.
Visitors who still enter the village are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to the order.
Nonessential employees of the village have been ordered to work from home during the emergency.
Taos Ski Valley Inc. closed its operations in mid-March in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 illness, cutting the ski season short by nearly a month. Employees were no longer allowed at work after March 15. Taos Air flights to Texas have also been canceled for the summer as a result of the virus.
People can still drive up the canyon and hike on Carson National Forest Service trails in the area, but are advised to do so in groups of fewer than five people and to practice social distancing.