Events Review FAQ

Questions Answered in this Frequently Asked Questions Section

  • What qualifies as an event currently?
  • What if the event is planned for more than one month out, for example a summer or fall event?
  • Is approval for all events still required for 2021?
  • What does it mean when the approval process is placed on hold or paused?
  • Is an event approval the same as an event permit or special event permit?
  • How do Travel Advisories affect events during the pandemic?
  • The event I'm planning has not been approved yet, and I already have the venue and/or vendors booked. Do I still need to be approved?

If you have a question you think should be included on this FAQ, click here to email the Events Review Team. If there are enough inquires that are similar, we will update the FAQ to include the new information. 

Questions & Answers


Question: What qualifies as an event currently?
Answer: 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 no 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". 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. If you are still unsure whether an event qualifies, please click here to email the Events Review Team.

Question: What is an event is planned for more than one month out, for example a summer or fall event?
Answer: Provisional Approvals will be granted with final approvals being issued closer to the event date, with a few weeks of the event.

  • Right now, we are only approving events that are for up to 25 Indoors or up to 50 Outdoors*
  • If the COVID-19 Status has improved from what the provisional approval was granted for, the event submission can be re-evaluated to operate under a higher capacity, if the event planner choses to pursue that.
    • Re-evaluation of the vent would be focused on whether the provisionally approved event details could support a higher capacity, or if modifications need to be made.
  • If the COVID-19 Status has worsened, then all provisionally or fully approved events, as well as standing venue approvals, will need to adjust their attendance to the updated reduced capacities, or may not be able to operate at all (depending on the COVID-19 statuses both locally and on the State Dial)
    • * Separated groups of 50 may be considered with additional evaluation

Question: Is approval for all events still required for the year 2021?
Answer: Yes, currently approval for all events will be required as long as the pandemic response is active.

Question: What does it mean when the approval process is placed on hold or is paused?
Answer: This means that the Public Health Director has indicated that it is unsafe for any event to occur due to the incidence rate being too high. While the approval process may be on hold, reviews of ERMA's will continue with a member of the Events Review Team. They will continue working with event planners until the submission is ready for approval. Once the approval process can be resumed, the vent planner will be responsible for connecting with their event review team member to resume.

If the COVID-19 Status has changed to allow more attendees, an increase in the originally asked attendee number can be considered with additional evaluation. Sometimes, additional considerations or modifications will be required if requesting an increase in attendee number.

Question: Is an event approval the same as an event permit or a special event permit?
Answer: No, an event approval from the Events Review Team is not the same as the permit issues by the town where the event is taking place. During the pandemic response, most towns in Gunnison County have required event approvals to issue permits. Please connect with the department in charge of issuing the event or special event permit to confirm.

Question: How to Travel Advisories affect events during the pandemic?
Answer: Travel Advisories are put into effect when our community's incidence rate is very high, indicating there is also a great risk to those traveling into our community as well. If a Travel Advisory is in effect during the time your event is occurring, it will be required to be incorporated into any event messaging that is developed. Travel Advisories can usually be found on the COVIID-19 Website in the Updates Section. Click here to visit the COVID-19 Updates Website.

Question: The event I'm planning has not been approved yet, and I already have the venue and/or vendors booked. Do I still need to be approved?
Answer: Yes, as of today (February 9th, 2021), all events must be approved through the Events Review Team prior to operating. Please click here to email the Events Review Team and immediately submit an ERMA by clicking here.