As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), authorities in Colorado continue to maintain restrictions until at least Nov. 5. State officials continue to implement the county-based five-level system, which spans from the "Protect Our Neighbors" level, the lowest level of restrictions, to the "Stay at Home" level, with the highest level of restrictions.
Under the "Protect Our Neighbors" level, businesses, including office-based businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, retail stores, personal care businesses, and indoor and outdoor event venues, can operate at 50-percent capacity with up to a maximum of 500 people. Each county sets social gathering limits, and in-person lessons at schools and universities are recommended. As of Oct. 23, the following counties are under the "Protect Our Neighbors" level:
- Gilpin, Gunnison, Moffat, and Rio Blanco
Under the "Safer at Home 1" level, the second with the least restrictions, bars must remain closed, gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed, gyms can operate at 25-percent capacity, restaurants and places of worship can open at 50-percent capacity or a maximum of 175 people, while personal care businesses can open at 50-percent capacity or a maximum of 50 people. Social gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. As of Oct. 23, the following counties are under "Safer at Home 1" level:
- Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Crowley, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mesa, Mineral, Montrose, Otero, Ouray, Park, Prowers, Routt, and Teller
Under the Safer at Home 2 level, gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, restaurants and places of worship can open at 50-percent capacity or a maximum of 100 people, gyms at 25-percent capacity or a maximum of 25 people, and indoor and outdoor events with up to 100 and 175 people, respectively. Bars must remain closed, and personal care businesses and retail stores can open at 50-percent capacity. As of Oct. 23, the following counties are under Safer at Home 2 level:
- Adams, Alamosa, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Denver, Eagle, Garfield, Grand Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Montezuma, Morgan, Phillips, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma
Under the Safer at Home 3 level, gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, bars must remain closed, and restaurants and places of worship can only allow up to 25-percent capacity or 50 people. Office-based and personal care businesses as well as retail stores can open at 25-percent capacity, and gyms can only have outdoor exercises. Indoor events can accept 25 people, and outdoor events 75 people. As of Oct. 23, Logan County is at Safer at Home 3 level.
Under the Stay at Home level, most businesses must remain closed, including offices, bars, personal care businesses, and event venues. Restaurants can only operate for delivery and pickup services. No county is at this level as of Oct. 23.
All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing guidelines, and use protective equipment when necessary. All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home whenever possible.
Under state regulations, all employees and contractors providing services for mass transit operations or critical business must wear face coverings when in close proximity to others. Some local jurisdictions have instituted stricter resumes; in Denver, all persons aged three or older must wear face coverings while in any public indoor space except for when eating or drinking.
Officials could reimpose, extend, further relax, or otherwise amend restrictions at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.
Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.