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March 23, 2021 - Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial 3.0 released today

As more Coloradans are eligible to get vaccinated and choose to do so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the latest update to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0. The updated dial public health order went into effect Wednesday, March 24. State officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives greater control over capacity restrictions to local public health agencies.

Dial 3.0 makes it easier for counties to move into Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors, the least restrictive level on the dial. It also removes many of the restrictions that currently apply at that level. Additionally, several restrictions in Level Blue are loosened in Dial 3.0.

Dial 3.0 metrics are further simplified and capacity limits are less restrictive. Download a PDF of the updated metrics and capacity limits. The state will work with counties to confirm their metrics under the new framework.

The main changes in the Dial 3.0, which is expected to be in place from March 24 to mid-April, are:

  • The metrics for Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors have changed. These changes make it easier for counties to achieve Protect Our Neighbors status. Now, counties qualify for Protect Our Neighbors if they have up to 35 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people -- up from 15 cases.
  • There is no longer a certification process for Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors. Counties will be moved into Level Green once they maintain the appropriate metrics for at least one week.
  • Most restrictions in Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors are now removed. Bars and indoor events must still adhere to a 50% capacity limit or a 500-person cap, whichever is fewer.
  • The metrics range for Level Blue is now 36 - 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
  • Bars can now open under Level Blue. The capacity limit is 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Outdoor events in Levels Green and Blue no longer have state-level capacity restrictions under the dial. Counties may choose to implement capacity restrictions on outdoor events at the local level.
  • Retail, offices, and non-critical manufacturing in Level Blue may now open to 75% capacity, up from 50%.
  • There is no longer a state limit on personal gathering sizes. The state will follow CDC’s guidance on personal gatherings. The CDC still strongly recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 5 Star restaurants and gyms in Levels Blue and Yellow may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet of distance between parties as a way to provide businesses with increased flexibility, while still limiting indoor mass gatherings. The state expects that maintaining a 6 foot distancing requirement will be a limiting factor for most indoor spaces.
  • 5 Star certified seated and unseated indoor events may operate at 50% capacity with a 500-person limit in Level Blue. 5 Star seated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50% capacity with a 225 person limit and unseated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50% capacity with a 175 person limit.

Read the summary of changes.

“Local public health agencies are so grateful to help the state in the development of Dial 3.0, while also planning for the next step. While we are all excited to move into this new era, Coloradoans need to remain diligent in practicing basic public health prevention measures, like wearing a face covering, social distancing, and avoiding large indoor gatherings. These continue to be critical to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, and these steps will allow our businesses to open at greater capacities and will keep our kids at school, learning in-person,” said Tom Gonzales, executive director, Larimer Public Health.

The updated dial does not change Colorado’s current statewide mask mandate. Separate from the dial changes, the current mask Executive Order expires April 3, and at that time, the Governor may choose to make modifications. The state released modified mask order components as part of the Dial 3.0 stakeholder engagement process. Feedback received as part of that process will be considered prior to April 3. COVID-19 still presents risks to healthy Coloradans, so everyone should continue to take precautions until the vaccine becomes widely available and used.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

March 11, 2021 - Public Health Order Updates COVID-19 Dial Framework and 5 Star Last Call

As Summit County’s case numbers remain Level Yellow, allowing 5 Star Certified business to operate at Level Blue, Summit County Public Health released an amended public health order that provides updates to the COVID-19 dial framework and 5 Star last call.

The new public health order changes, effective as of March 11, include:

  • 5 Star restaurants and seated indoor events, operating in Level Blue, may expand capacity to 50% of posted occupancy limit, up to 225 people without using the distancing space calculator, provided patrons in separate parties can remain 6 feet apart.
  • Restaurants and seated indoor events in Level Yellow may expand capacity to 50% of posted occupancy limit, up to 150 people without using the distancing space calculator, provided patrons in separate parties can remain 6 feet apart.
  • Unseated events in Level Blue restrictions have capacity limits of 50% of posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 175 people per room, provided patrons in separate parties can remain 6 feet apart.
  • Sale, possession and consumption of alcohol at 5 Star restaurants has been expanded to 11:00 p.m.

More details on capacity restrictions for all business sectors can be found on the CDPHE Dial page. Capacity restrictions specific to 5 Star businesses as well as applications for 5 Star certification can be found at the Summit County 5 Star page.

The personal gathering restriction remains the same in Level Yellow with a limit of no more than 10 people from no more than two households.

Operating Procedures for Non-Five Star Businesses

Non Five Star restaurants:

  • Patrons in different parties must be a minimum of six feet apart.
  • Restaurants may operate at 50% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 150 people (excluding staff), whichever is less, per room. Patrons of different parties must still remain 6 feet apart.
  • Open seating is strongly discouraged unless minimum spacing between parties can be effectively maintained at all times.
  • On-premises sale, consumption, and service of alcohol (by both staff and customers) ends at 10:00pm. Takeout alcohol sales end at 10:00pm.

Non Five Star personal services: 50% of posted occupancy limit or 50 people per room, whichever is less.

Non Five Star gyms/fitness: 50% of indoor occupancy limit or 50 people per room, whichever is less; groups of 10 or less outdoors, maintaining six feet of distance between non-household contacts; reservations required for all services.

Lodging and short term rentals: Lodging stays limited to a max of 10 people from no more than two households in any lodging unit, including short-term vacation rentals (STRs). A household is defined as the person or persons who live together in a single residence. The two household limit applies to all lodging stays, including those for which reservations have already been made. Any existing reservations that include guests from more than two households must be changed or canceled to comply with the regulation. See additional guidance for owners and managers of STR properties.

Ski Areas: Ski areas must operate at reduced guest capacities. All retail, lodging and restaurant operations at resorts are subject to all restrictions within the order listed for those sectors.

Retail businesses: May operate at 50% of the posted occupancy limit and should offer enhanced options for curbside pickup, delivery, and dedicated service hours for seniors and at-risk individuals.

Offices: 50% of posted occupancy limit; remote work strongly encouraged.

Schools: In-person learning suggested for preschool through twelfth grade.

Higher education: In-person, hybrid, or remote as appropriate.

Child care: Open, with standard ratios.

Operating Procedures for Five Star Businesses

Five Star Restaurants:

  • Patrons in different parties must be a minimum of six feet apart.
  • Dining parties continue to be limited to 10 individuals from no more than two households.
  • Allowed capacity is 50%, or up to 225 people, whichever is less. However, patrons from different parties must remain at minimum, 6 feet apart. This means that some restaurants may not be able to seat additional people and still maintain the appropriate distance between parties.
  • Open seating is strongly discouraged unless minimum spacing between parties can be effectively maintained at all times.
  • On-premises sale, consumption, and service of alcohol (by both staff and customers) ends at 11:00pm.
  • Restaurants must confirm patrons are aware of, and are in compliance with, the dining party group limits. This can be done by requiring at least one member of each household within a party sign, initial, or check-mark a hard copy or digital document indicating they are aware of and in compliance with the gathering size limits.

Five Star gyms/fitness: 50% of posted occupancy limit or 175 people, whichever is less; groups of 10 or less outdoors, maintaining 6 feet of distance between non-household contacts; reservations required for all services.

Five Star personal services: 50% of posted occupancy limit or 50 people, whichever is less (this capacity is unchanged from Yellow to Blue).

March 4, 2021 - The Board of Health approves expanding 5 Star Certification to Indoor Events

At a Board of Health meeting Thursday, March 4, Summit County commissioners agreed to open the application process to the industry.  If approved,  it will allow them to operate under capacity restrictions at one level lower than the county’s current level.

Currently, this would allow approved 5 Star Businesses or Events to operate under the level blue restrictions, which limit them to 50% capacity or up to 175 people using the state’s social-distancing calculator.

Indoor venues that don’t apply for the program will continue to be held to level yellow’s 50% capacity with up to 100 people, as allowed by the social-distancing calculator.

In addition to increasing ventilation, collecting contact information of guests or customers and screening employees for symptoms, five-star certified indoor venues will have to submit a diagram for each event. The diagram will detail how guests will enter and leave the building, how they’ll access bathrooms and other details about the plan to minimize contact.

To apply for the program, business owners can visit SummitCountyCO.gov/5star.

Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply at any time. Inspections will be scheduled by the relevant jurisdiction.  Businesses may operate under the 5 Star guidelines as soon as they pass inspection and receive certification.  

Learn more here - 5 Star Business Certification Program

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