One-Stop Shop for Colo. County Rules & Regs

Here's a running list of what counties are requiring (or not) of restaurants and bars.

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Map of Colorado with counties in varying shades of red, pink, green, blue, yellow, orange, and brown.
This is what a post-COVID dial Colorado looks likes. / Copyright: Robert Biedermann

The Colorado Restaurant Association released a compilation of Colorado counties’ COVID regulations (say that five times fast) and how they impact restaurants and bars. We’ve reproduced that here and will be updating this list regularly with additional info and changes.

Diners: you’re now making your dinner decisions based on what county you’re in. Good luck figuring that out.

The following information comes from the CRA’s April 16 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here. And take a gander at its Coronavirus Resource Center and Restaurant Worker’s Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine for more info. 

Effective April 16, restaurants in Colorado are no longer regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment-issued COVID-19 State dial. Local public health departments now have the authority to determine operating guidelines for businesses within their jurisdiction. Things are changing so quickly, county by county. We are doing our best to help restaurateurs in every Colorado county navigate the rollout of the resulting public health orders; however, for the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to go to your county’s health department website for more information.

We are compiling guidance for all counties that have announced their new plans on our website here, including counties that are lifting all restrictions on restaurants.

Find the information we have received directly from local public health officials below. If your county is not included in this list, click here to learn more about its new restaurant guidance.

Metro Area Regional Plan

Counties Included:

Phase 1: April 16 – May 15

  • Counties will move to the next less restrictive level as defined by the State’s dial framework. That will be Level Blue for Denver, Broomfield, Boulder, Jefferson, Adams, and Arapahoe. Click here to review level-specific guidelines.
  • Counties will not move levels again during this 30-day phase. 
  • The local and state mask orders are still in effect.
  • 5 Star Programs
    • Boulder County will allow its 5 Star-certified restaurants to operate in a revised Level Clear that allows for 3-foot distancing between parties in 5 Star-certified restaurants, as long as these requirements are met.
    • Broomfield County will suspend its 5 Star Program.
    • Denver County is upholding its 5 Star Program, but not providing reduced capacity allowances for certified businesses at this time.
    • Jefferson County’s public health order suspends the 5 Star Certification Program.
    • Tri-County Health Department is allowing businesses to continue their 5 Star certification programs.

Phase 2: May 16 – August 15

  • On May 16, 2021, counties will move into the new Level Clear, which is subject to observation and may move into another, more restrictive level at any time based on the County’s rate of hospital admissions of County residents. 
  • While in Level Clear, businesses may operate at 100% capacity with no required mitigation strategies. This includes the removal of 6-foot distancing requirements in restaurants!
  • Statewide orders, including mask mandates, still apply. 

Alamosa County

As of Friday, April 16, Alamosa County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Chafee County

As of Friday, April 16, Chafee County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Douglas County

As of Friday, April 16, Douglas County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Eagle County

As of Friday, April 16:

  • Mask are still required for anyone over the age of two in all public indoor environments.
  • Restaurants may operate at up to 50% occupancy or 150 people, whichever is fewer. 6 feet of distance must be maintained between parties.
  • Indoor unseated events may operate at up to 50% occupancy or 150 people. 6 feet of distance must be maintained between parties. Application approval required.
  • Indoor seated events may operate at up to 50% occupancy or 150 people. 6 feet of distance must be maintained between parties. Application approval is required.
  • Outdoor unseated events may operate at up to 50% occupancy or 175 people. 6 feet of distance must be maintained between parties. Face coverings and application approval are required.
  • Outdoor seated events may operate at up to 50% occupancy or 175 people. 6 feet of distance must be maintained between parties. Application approval and face coverings required.

El Paso County

As of Friday, April 16, El Paso County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Freemont County

As of Friday, April 16, Freemont County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Grand County

As of Friday, April 16, Grand County will be adopting many elements of the State Dial 3.0 Level Blue, with adjustments to capacities as follows:

  • All events, industry, and operations may operate at 100% capacity, with 6 foot distancing between persons/parties being the primary capacity limiting factor. 
  • Indoor and outdoor events, regardless of size and venue, are still required to submit plans for approval. Indoor events with greater than 500 in attendance will require CDPHE approval in addition to GCPH approval. 
  • Capacity restrictions for all business sectors, events, and activities can be found on Grand County’s Quick Reference Capacity Chart

Huerfano County

As of Friday, April 16, Huerfano County will adopt the State dial for two weeks, remaining in Level Green as defined in the State’s dial framework. Click here to review level-specific guidelines. 

La Plata County

As of Friday, April 16, La Plata County is waiving the 6-foot distancing requirement in outdoor dining spaces. 6-foot distancing is still required indoors. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Larimer County

As of Friday, April 16, Larimer County will move from Level Yellow to Level Blue, as defined in the State’s dial framework. Click here to review level-specific guidelines. Statewide mask mandate still applies. Read more here.

Las Animas County

As of Friday, April 16, Las Animas County will adopt the State dial for two weeks, remaining in Level Blue as defined in the State’s dial framework. Click here to review level-specific guidelines. 

Mesa County

As of Friday, April 16, Mesa County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. View Mesa County’s “Free to Choose Resolution” here. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

Pitkin County

As of Friday, April 16, Pitkin County will adopt the state’s dial framework and start in Level Yellow. 5-star restaurants can operate at one level above where the County is on the dial, currently Level Blue. Click here to read more. Click here to review level-specific guidelines. 

Pueblo County 

As of Friday, April 16, Pueblo County will adopt the state’s dial framework and start in Level Yellow. 5-star restaurants can operate at one level above where the County is on the dial and the 5-star businesses can operate without 6-foot distancing requirements. Click here to review level-specific guidelines. 

Routt County

As of Friday, April 16, Routt County has released a revised Public Health Order in response to the state’s removal of the COVID-19 dial. The revised order puts in place a local dial that uses metrics on a 14-day rolling average. The Routt County dial has three levels: low risk, caution and high risk. Routt County will qualify to move between levels after seven days of maintaining the metrics for a new level. Routt County is currently in Level Caution.

Level Caution Metrics and Requirements:

  • 45 to 256 new cases within a 14-day time period.
  • 5% to 10% test positivity rate.
  • Local hospital capacity is not limited.

Routt County Road to Recovery (Local Dial) Level Caution Restrictions Summary:

  • All individuals over the age of two shall cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in public indoor spaces.  
  • Businesses shall arrange their indoor space or seating areas to accommodate 6 foot distancing. If outdoor spaces are available at the business, 3 foot distancing is required outdoors.
  • Individuals shall maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other individuals who are non-household members.
  • Indoor and outdoor events open to the public that are expecting 500 or more people must have a COVID-19 Mitigation Protocol and must be approved by Routt County Public Health.
  • Businesses must meet or exceed the hygiene practices set by the CDC.
  • Individuals who are not members of the same household may be seated at the same table within 6 feet of each other, however, there shall be no more than 10 individuals per table.
  • Bars without food service are prohibited from operating within indoor settings.
  • Businesses are also required to complete mitigation protocols but no longer need to submit to Public Health or be posted on site.

For a full list of Routt County restrictions and guidelines for levels, visit here.

San Miguel County

As of Friday, April 16 through April 30, San Miguel County will adopt the state’s dial framework and start in Level Blue through April 30. Click here to read more. Click here to review level-specific guidelines. 

Summit County

As of Friday, April 16, Summit County will enter Level Yellow, as defined in the State’s dial framework with the following specifications:

  • There is no longer a party size restriction of 2 households and 10 people. People are instead encouraged to follow CDC guidance.
  • Last call for all alcohol sales is still 10 p.m. in Level Yellow.
  • Restaurant seating indoors still needs to provide 6-foot distancing between parties. Seating outdoors requires 3-foot distancing.
  • Click here to review level-specific guidelines. 

As of Friday, April 16, Summit County 5 Star-certified restaurants will enter Level Blue, as defined in the State’s dial framework with the following specifications:

  • There is no longer a requirement to collect customer contact info.
  • 5 Star businesses must cease alcohol sales in Yellow by 11pm.
  • Maintain all other requirements of the 5 Star Permit including enhanced ventilation and customer symptom screening.
  • More info on 5 Star can be found on the Summit County 5 Star webpage, including application information.

Weld County

As of Friday, April 16, Weld County is waiving all mandated COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to determine the best operating practices for their businesses, their guests, and their workers. Statewide mask mandate still applies.

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