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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The CRA’s statement is as follows:

Mayor Hancock announced this morning that Denver will enter Safer at Home Level 3, effective immediately. Businesses are expected to be in full compliance with the new changes by tomorrow, October 28. This means that restaurants will be restricted to 25 percent capacity indoors, and will be subject to a 10 p.m. last call time. Denver restaurants can expect to stay at Level 3 restrictions for at least two weeks, during which the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment will closely monitor the transmission rates within Denver. Mayor Hancock expressed his frustration with the increased transmission in Denver, placing the onus of responsibility on individuals who are not complying with the existing public health orders. He acknowledged that businesses carry the weight of shifting public health orders, and emphasized that we need public buy-in if we wish to get back to business as usual. He specifically acknowledged the diligence being seen within the restaurant community, and celebrated the efforts the restaurant community has taken to comply with public health orders. 

Denver will join Adams and Logan counties in Safer Level 3. Additionally, there are 14 counties in the state implementing mitigation plans – meaning they are actively enforcing and implementing new public health policies in order to mitigate the spread of the virus within their jurisdictions. Once a county has been notified by the state, it must implement its mitigation plan, and it has two weeks to demonstrate a decrease in the spread of COVID-19. If it cannot demonstrate an effective response to its mitigation plan, the state can order the county to move back on the state dial. We have already heard that Boulder County may be ordered to roll back allowances in the near future.

We know this development is extremely challenging and discouraging for restaurants, and another blow in a very difficult year. We strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines, and to ask that your employees be vigilant and adhere with all existing public health orders, even outside of work, to turn these numbers around as quickly as possible. If these orders fail to curb the spread of COVID-19, there could be further restrictions for restaurants—including a full shutdown—which would be devastating to this industry.

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