Denver is loosening coronavirus restrictions. Here’s what you can and can’t do.

You can dine indoors again, hang out with more people and drink until 10 p.m.

Wares for sale at Truong An Gifts on Federal Boulevard. Nov. 10, 2020.

Wares for sale at Truong An Gifts on Federal Boulevard. Nov. 10, 2020.

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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:

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.

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