Events Review

Events Review during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gunnison County Health and Human Services convened an Events Review Team and developed a process for events and gatherings to keep our Valley healthy, safe, and open.

What are defined as events or gatherings during this pandemic?

An event is defined in the 10th Revised Gunnison County Public Health Order as “a gathering for business, social, or recreational activities, or a location that engages in or allows for such activities; that takes place indoors or outdoors, including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; assemblies; conventions; fundraisers; restaurants (regardless of capacity); community recreational centers; ice rinks; and similar locations and activities”.

The Public Health Director has determined the following thresholds for each Coronameter Risk Level, which indicate when an evaluation by the Events Review Team is required to hold the event:

  • Blue = Events of up to 25 attendees indoors or up to 50 attendees outdoors
  • Yellow = Events up to 25 attendees outdoors
  • Orange and Red = no events permitted indoors or outdoors

As of August 2020, two tools will be used for evaluating and assisting in planning events or gatherings: The Event Risk Mitigation Application (ERMA) or Self-Certification Form. The appropriate tool to use will be based on the number of attendees and if a permit is required – more details are provided below.

Event Risk Mitigation Application (ERMA) and Self-Certification Form

These tools are consistent with the 7 Commitments of Containment, standing public health orders, and general public health best practices to reduce risks and transmission of COVID-19. Please be aware that all approved events and gatherings are subject to change based on the Coronameter and public health order requirements under the current status, including requirements set by the Public Health Director.

Events Risk Mitigation Application (ERMA)
The ERMA is required for any event over the thresholds stated above in each COVID-19 risk status or if an event requires a permit(s).

  • The submitted ERMA is reviewed by the Events Review Team, HHS Public Health Director, and local law enforcement.
  • An initial review can take up to 10 business days.
    • Follow-up questions or suggested revisions will be communicated via email.
    • We encourage event planners to add events@gunnisoncounty.org as a contact to prevent emails going to spam.

Please keep in mind that follow-up questions/clarifications will add time onto the review process, please be as detailed and thorough as possible.

To complete and submit ERMA online, please click here. You will have the option to create an account and save your progress.

For a printable form, please click here (PDF) or use the links to the right. Please bring the completed form to Gunnison County Health and Human Services located at 200 E. Virginia St.

Self-Certification Form
The Self-Certification Form is intended for event 'gatherings' with less than the above stated thresholds and does not require a permit(s).

  • This tool is intended to help smaller gatherings stay safe and reduce risks which is critical even with a small number of attendees.
  • At the end of the form is an option to request for additional support from an Event Review Team member, we are here to help!
  • The submitted form will be retained for HHS records.

To complete and submit a Self-Certification form online, please click here. You will have the option to create an account and save your progress.

For a printable form, please click here (PDF) or use the links to the right. Please bring the completed form to Gunnison County Health and Human Services at 200 E. Virginia St. Please reach out to the Events Review Team (contact information can be found at the top right side of this page) for additional information and support or to schedule a phone consultation.

Events Information and Resources
This document is a compilation of several tools and resources, with hyperlinks to websites to assist planning your event. Links include current local public health orders and state executive orders, as well as a link to the Gunnison County COVID-19 website that has additional resources. The Events Review Team is available to help if you are planning or thinking of planning an event. Please email events@gunnisoncounty.org for additional information and support or to schedule a phone consultation. Click here (PDF) to download the EIR Document or use the links to the right.