Authorities in Colorado have tightened restrictions in certain counties, due to localized increases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity, as of Nov. 2. The state continues to implement its Dial Framework plan, under which counties are categorized into one of five levels, which spans from Protect Our Neighbors or green level, with the lowest level of COVID-19 activity and restrictions, to the Stay at Home or red level, with the highest level of COVID-19 activity and restrictions.
Under the Protect Our Neighbors or green 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 Nov. 2, the following counties are under the Protect Our Neighbors level:
- Gilpin, Gunnison, Moffat, and Rio Blanco
Under the Safer at Home 1 or blue level, the second with the least restrictions, bars must remain closed, personal gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, gyms can operate at 25-percent capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer, 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. Retail stores and office-based businesses can operate at 50-percent capacity. As of Nov. 2, the following counties are under Safer at Home 1 level:
- Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Kiowa, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mesa, Mineral, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Routt, and Teller
Under the Safer at Home 2 or yellow level, personal 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 50 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, office-based businesses, and personal care businesses can open at 50-percent capacity. As of Nov. 2, the following counties are under Safer at Home 2 level:
- Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lake, Montezuma, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma
Under the Safer at Home 3 or the orange 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 businesses and retail stores can open at 25-percent capacity, and gyms and personal care businesses can open at 25-percent capacity or a maximum of 25 people. Indoor events can accept 25 people, and outdoor events 75 people. As of Nov. 2, Adams, Denver, and Logan counties are 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 Nov. 2.
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 rules. In Denver, all persons aged three or older must wear face coverings while in any public indoor space except for when eating or drinking, as well as in outdoor settings, when social distancing measures are not possible. Social gatherings remain restricted to a maximum of five people.
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.