• On February 23, the Governor and the state health department revised the current metrics to allow more counties to move into less-restrictive levels and made it easier for countries to move between restriction levels.
  • On February 6, the state updated its “dial” approach to safely reopen. All counties fall into one of six color-coded levels of risk, depending on the incidents of COVID-19. Level green is the least restrictive, under which businesses can operate at 50 percent capacity or 500 people, whichever is smaller. In level-blue counties, public and private gatherings cannot exceed 10 participants or people from more than two households. Restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity or 175 people, whichever is smaller. In yellow counties, restaurants and indoor event venues can operate at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 50 people per room (the maximum might be higher for larger establishments). In orange counties, restaurants can operate at 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 50 patrons per room. In red counties, restaurants must halt indoor dining, but outdoor table service, delivery, and takeout are permitted.
  • After nearly six weeks under COVID-19 restrictions, many counties eased restrictions on January 4, reopening restaurants to limited indoor dining and allowing small, personal gatherings.
  • As of October 30, Colorado created a new method to gauge reopening plans through “the dial”. Each county or region is responsible for the corresponding directives based on its level on the dial.
  • The Governor issued a statewide mask mandate on July 16, 2020. This requires people to wear a face-covering in public indoor spaces and on public and non-personal transportation services. This mandate remains in effect.