Denver Restaurant Capacity Lowered to 25%

The city will remain at Safer at Home level 3 for at least two weeks.

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Screenshot of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock during his October 27, 2020 press conference.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is not happy (and neither is anyone else). / Facebook.com

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock held a press conference today at which he announced Denver is reverting to Safer at Home Level 3. This means the city’s restaurants are now limited to 25 percent capacity (down from 50 percent) or 50 people per room, whichever is less. Alcohol sales are prohibited after 10 p.m., and bars without food service are closed. You can watch the entire press conference on Hancock’s Facebook page.

You can visit Colorado’s most recent public health order here, and see the Colorado dial framework here.

EatDenver’s excerpted response to Hancock’s announcement is as follows:

I’m devastated to say that our case counts continue to increase and today the Mayor will announce Denver moving to Level 3 on the State Dial, which will go into effect tomorrow (Wednesday). Denver will join Adams County and Logan County as the third to reach these restrictions. We have been out of compliance of Level 2 metrics for 30 days, and it is the State that makes the call on when counties can or have to move to a different level. 

My heart goes out to all of you, as I know you have been leaders in compliance and leaders in taking care of our communities through this extremely painful year. Unfortunately it is largely other environments and circumstances that are leading to more restrictions across the board.

Additional Restrictions for Restaurants At Level 3

  • 25 percent capacity or up to 50 patrons per room (whichever is lower)
  • 10 p.m. last call for alcohol 

What Does Not Change

  • Maximum party size remains ten people
  • No changes to outdoor dining (6 feet between parties) 

The Restaurants Section of the Safer at Home Public Health Order from the State 

Restaurants may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, per room. Restaurants may also use any existing, licensed outdoor space for in-person dining with the same group limit of 10 and minimum spacing of 6 feet apart. Restaurants must have or obtain approval from their local government’s permitting, building and fire code oversight agency for any new outdoor dining space prior to use. Pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 091, as amended and extended, effective 10:00 P.M. on Monday, September 21, 2020, all on-premises licensees licensed under Articles 3, 4, and 5 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes must cease alcohol beverage sales to end consumers for on-premises consumption and for takeout between 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. MDT each day; however, counties and municipalities may set more restrictive hours as they determine appropriate. 

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