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Less Restrictive Local Covid-19 Dial Released as State Covid Dial Expires

When the State of Colorado COVID-19 dial expired on Friday, April 16, 2021, public health orders and restrictions largely transitioned to local control. Summit Public Health has enacted a local COVID-19 dial and new public health orders with different metrics and milestones.  The new local Summit County COVID-19 dial is less restrictive and is tied to the metrics of hospitalization, incidence rate, and vaccination rates, which public health believes are more suitable indicators for Summit County.  The new methodology for dial measurement is expected to provide a consistent path forward to even fewer restrictions unless hospitalizations surge to 80% or more.

Currently, Summit County metrics place it in Level Yellow on the new local dial.  See below for what that means to you.


Key Changes With the New Dial

Personal group gatherings- The restriction limiting group gatherings to 10 people max from no more than two households has been eliminated, including for restaurants and lodging. However, exercise caution. Don’t go to a gathering if you are sick and be conservative about how and with how many people you get together; especially if you have folks in the gathering who are unvaccinated. Summit Public Health suggests that you follow the guidance on gatherings from the Centers for Disease Control to keep you and your community healthy.

Collecting contact information- 5 Star businesses are no longer required to collect customer contact information. The Contact Tracing Team will continue to reach out to individuals directly when they have potentially have been exposed to the virus.

Physical distancing- Six (6) ft. distancing remains for indoor business activities in all business types, including restaurants, personal services, and personal fitness, but outdoor dining may now be allowed with only three (3) ft. of space between parties.

Mask Requirements

The State mask requirement has been extended through May 3, 2021, with an exception for counties in level green.  Summit is currently in level Yellow.

Therefore, Summit County’s new dial still requires masks for indoor public spaces, including public transportation, and for outdoor public spaces when folks are within 6ft. for 15+ minutes.  Quickly passing someone on a sidewalk will not require a face covering.

5 Star Certification Program

The Summit County 5 Star Certification Program allows certified businesses that demonstrate exceptional COVID-19 mitigation measures to operate at one level less restrictive than where the County currently resides.

Current Operation Procedures for 5 Star Businesses:

  • Five Star Restaurants: 100% capacity, alcohol off the table by 11pm, and with 6 ft. of distancing between parties indoors and 3 ft. of distance for outdoor seating

    Five Star gyms/fitness: 100% capacity & 6 ft. of distance maintained between parties.

    Five Star personal services: 50% capacity or 50 , whichever is fewer & 6 ft. of distance maintained between parties.

    Five Star Indoor Events: may be conducted at 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 225 people, whichever is less, per room, excluding staff. If the event is seated, the event may be conducted at 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 175 people, whichever is less, per room, excluding staff; must maintain 6 ft. spacing between groups.

Certified Businesses

Apres Handcrafted Libations
Aurum Food & Wine
Bangkok Happy Bowl
Beaver Run Conference Center
Blue Fish Sushi
Blue Moose
Blue River Bistro
Blue Stag Saloon
Breckenridge Ale House
Breckenridge Brewery & Pub
Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate
Breckenridge Distillery
Breckenridge Pour House
Breckenridge Tap House
Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon
Burke and Riley's Irish Pub
Cabin Juice & Elevated Eatery & Bar
Canteen Tap House & Tavern
Castaways Cove
Columbine Café
Continental Divide Winery
Copper Top Café @ Beaver Run
Daylight Donuts
Downstairs at Eric's
Elev8 Lounge at Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Ember Restaurant
Empire Burger
Fiesta Jalisco
Giampietros Pizzeria & Pasta
Gold Pan Saloon & Carboy Winery
Grand Colorado at Peak 8 Lobby Bar
HD Tavern
Hearthstone Restaurant
I Scream Gelato
Kenosha Steakhouse
Little Bar & Grilled
Luigi's Sports Bar
MiCasa Mexican Restaurant
Motherloaded Tavern
Mountain Flying Fish
Northside Pizza
Ollie’s Pub and Grub
Pho On Main
Pho Real
Piante Pizza
Quandary Grill
Ridge Street Kitchen
Robbie's Tavern
Salt Creek Steakhouse & Napper Tandy's
Sancho Tacos & Tequila
Sauce on the Maggie
South Ridge Seafood
Spencer's Restaurant @ Beaver Run
Stinky Boot Saloon
Swiss Haven Breck
Ullr Café at Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant
Welk Resorts
Whiskey Star
Windy City Pizza

5 th Ave Grille


Bread + Salt

Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe

Carlos Mexican Bar & Grill

Prosit Fine Beers and Sausages

Frisco Prime

Greco’s Pastaria

Hacienda Real

Highside Brewing

Log Cabin Cafe

Nuevo Vallarta

Ollie’s Pub & Grub Frisco

Outer Range Brewing Co.

Pure Kitchen

Rising Sun Distillery

Silverheels Bar and Grill

Kemosabe Sushi

Subway- Frisco

Tavern West

The Uptown on Main


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Frisco Tubing Hill

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