CRA: Red Alert

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Code red isn't quite as dire as it was a few days ago—but it's close. / Anastasiia Skorobogatova © 123RF.com

A huge chunk of Colorado restaurants are facing a second shutdown. While the new public health order isn’t statewide and doesn’t technically put an end to all on-premise dining, almost a quarter of Colorado counties will enter Level Red this Friday, which means no indoor dining at all. If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, you can still seat diners, though you will be tasked with ensuring they are all members of the same household (good luck enforcing that). In addition, you’ll now have to adhere to an 8 p.m. last call for onsite booze sales. That leaves many operators stuck with the same delivery and to-go model they were forced to embrace in March. Keep reading to find out which counties are affected, as well as what we know about the upcoming special legislative session, a town hall with senator-elect John Hickenlooper, and free flu shots for hospitality workers (which are more important than ever this year).

The following information comes from the CRA’s newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here.

15 Counties Moving to Level Red – Severe Risk, Shutting Down Indoor Dining

Governor Polis announced changes to the State’s dial framework on Tuesday, November 17 that include introducing new Level Red – Severe Risk and Level Purple – Extreme Risk categories. The new framework goes into effect this Friday at 5 p.m. Fifteen counties move into the Level Red – Severe Risk category in the coming days, including Denver.

The new Level Red – Severe Risk Category:

  • Closes indoor dining.
  • Restricts outdoor dining to one household per party.
  • Stipulates an 8 p.m. last call for alcohol for in-person dining. Takeout alcohol sales may continue until 10 p.m., and delivery alcohol sales may continue until 2 a.m. (unless the county increases restrictions further).

The counties entering the new Level Red, effective Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m., are:

  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Clear Creek
  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • La Plata
  • Logan
  • Mesa
  • Morgan
  • Routt
  • Summit
  • Washington

According to the new public health order, counties that meet all metrics for the next less restrictive level for a two week period may submit a request to CDPHE through their local public health agency to move to that level. Many counties may include sunset dates in their local orders, and if the county’s metrics do not meet that of the next level, then the local order will be extended.

You can read more about these changes here and view the full public health order here. See the full updated capacity chart here.

6 Counties Moving to Level Orange – High Risk, Restricting Indoor Dining Capacity to 25%

Six counties will move to Level Orange on Friday. They are:

  • Costilla
  • Custer
  • Lake
  • Montezuma
  • Pitkin
  • San Juan

When a county is in Level Orange:

  • Indoor capacity is restricted to 25 percent or 50 people per room, whichever is lower.
  • Last call for dine-in and takeout alcohol service is 10 p.m. Delivery of alcohol may continue until 2 a.m.

Two counties are moving to Level Yellow – Concern on Friday:

  • Las Animas
  • Gunnison

Counties in Level Yellow:

  • Indoor capacity is restricted to 50 percent or 50 people per room, whichever is lower.
  • Last call for dine-in and takeout alcohol service is 11 p.m. Delivery of alcohol may continue until 2 a.m.

You can see the full dial dashboard here.

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