Denver Moves to Level Orange on COVID-19 Dial

Published on January 04, 2021

As announced by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today moved Denver to Level Orange on the State’s COVID-19 dial. The move comes with increased capacity limits at many local businesses, including a return to indoor dining at restaurants.   

Level Orange capacity limits include:
  • 25% or 50 people, whichever is fewer, indoors at restaurants
  • 25% or 25 people, whichever is fewer, at gyms and fitness businesses
  • 10 p.m. on-premises last call
  • 25% capacity at offices
  • 50% capacity remains for retail businesses
While Denver has applied to take part in the State’s 5 Star Certification Program for additional capacity in certain businesses beyond what is currently allowable, the city and county has not yet been approved. Should Denver be approved, businesses will not be able to be certified for the program until Denver has met the Orange level metrics for at least two weeks and must continue to operate at Level Orange capacity limits.
If transmission levels reverse and begin to escalate again, the state may re-impose greater restrictions. If cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate remain on a significant decline, the state could move Denver back to a less restrictive level. 
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