As of today, Jan. 4, Denver has moved up a notch on the state’s COVID-19 dial, meaning fewer restrictions for businesses, schools and social gatherings.
Gov. Jared Polis last week said counties in the “red” level on the state’s dial would move to the less serious “orange” level starting today. The change was due to a decline in cases and the percentage of ICU bed use. Denver has seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Here’s what’s now allowed Denver, according to the state health department guidelines that went into effect today:
- Personal gatherings of up to 10 people from up to two households
- Indoor dining is allowed at 25 percent capacity or up to 50 people
- Gyms can open at 25 percent or up to 25 people indoors
- Retail will continue to operate at 50 percent capacity
- Last call will be moved to 10 p.m.
- Offices can have up to 25 percent capacity, with work from home still encouraged
- P-12 schools are encouraged to re-open for in-person learning. Denver Public School said in a note to parents today that it will slowly phase back into in-person learning.
The city’s face-covering order remains in effect. “Level orange” still encourages people to stay at home.
Mike Strott, a spokesperson for Mayor Michael Hancock, said the city has applied to participate in the 5 Star State Certification Program. If the state approves Denver’s applications, local businesses could apply to operate under fewer restrictions. For example, restaurants could seat up to 50 percent capacity, and last call for businesses that make the cut would move to 11 p.m.