Denver Now Allows Common Consumption Areas

Is Bourbon Street coming to Baker—and other Denver—neighborhoods?

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Bourbon Street at nightfall in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.Out of focus people walking down the middle of the street between old buildings with lit up neon signs.
Denver is now accepting common consumption area applications Laissez les stacks of paperwork rouler! / ©Capybara1 at 123RF.COM

Is Denver poised to have a Bourbon Street of its own? Could be—the city is now piloting a common consumption area (CCA) program, which would allow guests to wander along (non-trafficked) streets with drinks in hand, stopping periodically to top off Styrofoam tumblers full of Long Island iced teas. Keep reading for basic info about CCAs, and check out this webinar for more info (you can find the very detailed slide deck here). Plus, there are new public health orders loosening indoor event restrictions and tweaking mask mandates in both Colorado and Denver.

The following information comes from the CRA’s June 1 and 2 newsletters. Sign up to receive the full versions here.

Denver Common Consumption Area Pilot Program Launched June 1

June 1 marked the beginning of the five-year Common Consumption Area Pilot Program in Denver. 

Common consumption areas are licensed areas where patrons over the age of twenty-one can drink alcoholic beverages from various liquor-licensed establishments in a common space. These spaces must have evidence of community support, be closed to motor vehicle traffic, and comply with all state and local requirements.

Application Resources
Information about preparing and submitting your application is now available on this website.

Information Session
The Department has scheduled an information session on Tuesday, June 15, from 1 – 2 p.m., for individuals interested in applying for a license. This session will provide information about common consumption models in Denver, an introduction to the licensing process, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. This information session will be recorded and posted on the website for those who are unable to attend.

Join the meeting here.

The State and Denver Release Updated COVID-19 Public Health Orders

Both the State of Colorado and the City and County of Denver have issued updated COVID-19 Public Health Orders that will remain in effect until July 1, 2021. The statewide order adjusts face covering and capacity limits for larger indoor events and is to be observed in all counties unless a local municipality chooses to implement a more restrictive order.

The new State Public Health Order indicates:

  • Masks are required for people age 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated in settings such as hospitals, schools, childcare centers, summer camps, jails, prisons and Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle offices.
  • If a county’s hospitals exceed 85% capacity, the State may re-impose restrictions.
  • All indoor and outdoor venues can operate with no restrictions unless a more restrictive local public health order is in place.

Click here to read the State’s public health order.

The City and County of Denver has issued its own order in addition to the regulations of the State:

  • Masks continue to be required for people age 3 and older in Denver who are not fully vaccinated in settings such as hospitals, schools, childcare centers, summer camps, jails, prisons and Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle offices, and on public transportation and ride share services. 
  • Large outdoor events and venues including Empower Field, Coors Field, and Red Rocks no longer need approval from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) to increase capacity or alter distancing or masking requirements. These venues now have no capacity limits, distancing requirements, or other restrictions. 
  • Indoor events of up to 2,000 people no longer need prior approval from either the City or the State. 
  • Indoor events of greater than 2,000 per room require prior approval from DDPHE.   

Click here to read Denver’s public health order.

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