Denver among 20 counties to increase COVID-19 restrictions, close indoor dining

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DENVER (KDVR) — Twenty Colorado counties will soon move to “Level Red” restrictions due to COVID-19, while avoiding a stay-at-home order, Gov. Jared Polis announced.

The state is changing its COVID-19 dial framework starting Friday, which uses metrics on cases and hospitalizations to categorize counties.

The 20 counties moving to a new “Level Red” will have no indoor dining, an 8 p.m. last call, and indoor gyms limited to 10% or 10 people per room, among other restrictions.

Restaurants in counties at this “severe risk” level will be allowed to offer takeout, delivery and outdoor/open-air dining, where customers may only sit with members of their household.

The following counties will move to Level Red on Friday:

  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Clear Creek
  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • La Plata
  • Logan
  • Mesa
  • Morgan
  • Routt
  • Summit County – restaurants move to a Level Red on Sunday
  • Washington

The following counties will move to Level Red on Sunday:

  • Alamosa
  • Otero
  • Prowers
  • Pueblo
  • Weld

The following counties will move to Level Orange on Friday:

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

The following counties will move to Level Orange on Saturday:

  • Baca
  • Bent
  • Kiowa

Las Animas and Gunnison counties will move to Level Yellow on Friday.

An higher “Level Purple” will top the dial starting Friday, but Polis did not announce that any counties will immediately be at that “extreme risk” level.

Cases and hospitalizations in Colorado hit all-time daily highs this month.

New “Level Red” & “Level Purple” restrictions

The new dial and table below are effective Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. See the details for all levels from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

LEVEL RED:
SEVERE RISK
LEVEL PURPLE:
EXTREME RISK
High Risk PopulationsStay at Home

Eligible for worker benefits and mandatory prioritization for remote work  
Stay at Home Ordered

Eligible for worker benefits and mandatory prioritization for remote work  
VariancesNot eligible

current variances reevaluated
Not eligible

Current variances revoked unless specifically allowed 
Personal Gathering SizeNoneNone
ChildcareOpenOpen
P-12 SchoolsP-5 in person suggested, or hybrid or remote as appropriate

Middle school in-person, hybrid,  or remote suggested,

High school hybrid or remote suggested
In-person, hybrid, or remote as appropriate
Higher EducationRemote suggested, limited in-person when necessaryRemote suggested, very limited in-person when necessary
Places of Worship and Life Rites – Indoor unseated functions25%, 50 (with calculator)Remote, virtual service, or outdoor are strongly encouraged; indoors up to 10 
Places of Worship and Life Rites – Indoor seated functions25%, 50 person capRemote, virtual service, or outdoor are strongly encouraged; indoors up to 10 
Places of Worship and Life Rites – Outdoors6ft between parties outdoors, per local zoning6ft between parties outdoors, per local zoning
RestaurantsIndoor dining closed. Take out, curbside, delivery, or to go, outdoor/open air with only groups of own household is open.Indoor and outdoor dining closed. Take out, delivery, or to go is open.
Last Call8pm (on premise)No on premise service
Non-Critical  Manufacturing25%, 5010%/25
Offices10%, Remote work is strongly encouraged Remote work or Closed
BarsClosedClosed
Gyms/Fitness10%, 10 indoors per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10. Reservations requiredVirtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10
Group Sports and CampsVirtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10
Critical and Non Critical Retail50% with increased curbside pick up, and delivery. Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged.Curbside, pick up, and delivery
Personal Services25%, 25Closed
Limited Health Care Settings25%, 2510%, 25
Indoor Unseated EventsClosed Closed
Indoor Seated Events and EntertainmentClosed Closed
Outdoor Unseated Events and Entertainment25%, 75 people (with calculator), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing between groupsClosed
Outdoor Seated Events and Entertainment25%, 75 people (6ft distancing between parties), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing between groupsClosed
Outdoor Guided Services  and Entertainment25%, 1025%, up to 10 only in your own household
Source: CDPHE COVID-19 Dial Website

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