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Larimer County Dial - Guiding the Community Through the Next Phase
Larimer County Health Department To End Local Public Health Orders As Community Gets Vaccinated

May 13, 2021 - The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE) is set to end local public health orders related to COVID-19 at 11:59 PM on May 16, 2021. Beginning 12:00 AM on May 17, Larimer County will be required to follow statewide orders. Current statewide orders may be modified before May 17 by the state.  If you have questions, please email us here. 

We will continue to update this page. 

Larimer County's Eighth Amended Public Health Order is effective on April 16, 2021 and is in effect for 30 days. The intent of the order is to protect the Larimer County community and to slow the spread of COVID-19 as progress in vaccination efforts continues, while using best public health practices to support the reopening of businesses and a return to life as normal. 

Requirements for All Business Sectors or Activities 

1. Social Distancing
  • All indoor spaces must use signage, visual cues, floor markers, or other methods in order to maintain members of separate parties 6 feet or more apart. 
  • Restaurants, bars and other indoor public areas with indoor seating must provide adequate space so members of separate parties are at least 6 feet apart. 
2. Ventilation
  • Indoor spaces must evaluate ventilation systems and maximize outdoor air being introduced to the indoor space. 
  • Increase ventilation to indoor spaces by opening doors and windows, providing cross-ventilation, and installing the highest rated filters appropriate for the system in addition to strategies included in the CDPHE Ventilation, HVAC and COVID-19 Risks Guidance. 
3. Face Coverings

4. Indoor and Outdoor Event Registration

  • Indoor Event organizers must submit a plan to LCDHE using the online registration form located here. Organizers must also consult with CDPHE for events proposing over 500 people. See details on the Indoor Events tab below.
  • Large outdoor events with a planned attendance of more than 500 must submit a plan to LCDHE using the online registration form located here to ensure adequate space for distancing is available for attendees. The social distancing calculator may be used to determine the capacity of the venue. Organizers must also consult with CDPHE for events proposing over 500 people. See details on the Outdoor Events tab below. 
  • Outdoor events utilizing a single venue or area, but with less than 500 attendees at one time, i.e. a race with staggered starting waves are not required to register an event plan.

 See Colorado Guidance and Restrictions by Sector    

Indoor Personal Gatherings: - Indoor personal gatherings should follow the CDC guidance on gatherings.

Indoor Seated Events: Events where the attendees have minimal movement, such as purchasing concessions or using the restroom facilities, do not have capacity restrictions, but must maintain 6 feet of distance between parties. The social distancing calculator may be used to determine the capacity of the venue. Seated indoor events may seat up to 10 people together in a party including non-household members.  Please register your plan through the form located at here.

If a seated indoor event will exceed 500 people, the event operator or organizer must consult with LCDHE and CDPHE. The plan must be registered through Larimer County at the form located at here.

Indoor Unseated Events: Events that include movement such as walking to visit vendors or through exhibits in a museum, 50% capacity, up to a maximum of 175 people. Increased ventilation must be provided (e.g., opening doors and windows), and face coverings are required. Please register your plan here.

View Colorado's Indoor Events Guidance

  • Event hosts are required to collect contact information for guests.

  • Events that can fully follow the restaurant guidelines for the entire event may operate as a restaurant and follow those guidelines and capacity restrictions. Please see the restaurant guidance for more details.

  • Both individual vendors operating within the mall and the common space in indoor or outdoor malls shall follow Colorado's Retail Guidance.

  • Indoor and outdoor market operators shall follow the Indoor or Outdoor Event requirements.

Outdoor Events and Entertainment: No capacity limit. Events planned for 500 people or more must submit plans to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment that provide information on how adequate distancing will be maintained within the venue or event space. 

A site map on the space and controls that will be implemented to maintain 6 feet distancing requirements should be included.

Outdoor events utilizing a single venue or area, but with less than 500 attendees at one time, i.e. a race with staggered starting waves are not required to register an event plan.

View Colorado's Outdoor Events Guidance

  • Both individual vendors operating within the mall and the common space in indoor or outdoor malls shall follow Colorado's Retail Guidance.
  • Indoor and outdoor market operators shall follow the Indoor or Outdoor Event requirements.

No capacity limits, however; 6 feet of distance between separate groups is required for indoor seating, which will limit capacity to less than 100%. Outdoor seating may be spaced closer than 6 feet between separate groups with no capacity limits. 

Last call: 2:00 a.m.

  • All employees must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth
  • Ensure maximum ventilation by opening windows and minimizing air conditioning to the extent possible.
  • Deep clean and disinfect all shared surfaces between parties/at each turnover.

View Colorado's Restaurant and Food Services Guidance

No capacity limits, but require 6 feet of distance between individuals while exercising. Increase ventilation by opening doors and windows, face coverings are required indoors, anytime individuals are moving through the facility. Contact information must continue to be collected for participants and made available to LCDHE if COVID-19 transmission or an outbreak appear to be associated with the facility.

Gyms: includes a building or room used for sports or exercise, such as fitness, dance, exercise or group classes, exercise studios and centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools (also see Pools tab below), and other indoor athletic facilities.

View Colorado's Personal Recreation Guidance

Mask-wearing requirements apply to everyone indoors, including people exercising. A mask may be removed temporarily if you need to catch your breath or safely perform an activity.

  • Use a reservation system or use pre-existing electronic capacity monitoring systems to space out and limit participants gathered at one time.

  • Discourage use of any shared equipment, and ensure all equipment is cleaned and disinfected in between each use

  • Maximize ventilation by using fans and opening windows, wherever possible.

  • Provide access to hand sanitizer.

  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work.

  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services.

  • Post signs for employees and customers outlining good hand/respiratory hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should be in languages customers will understand.  

Bowling alleys- Reservations suggested. Service of food and/or beverages must follow restaurant or bar guidance.

Important Information for Pool Operators as of January 2021:  In order to better provide services to Larimer County residents and to align with national standards, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has resumed a routine aquatic venue inspection program. To learn more and register your Aquatic Venue, visit the Pool Safety Inspections page.

100% capacity with 6 feet of distancing between parties

Use a reservation system or use pre-existing electronic capacity monitoring systems to space out and limit participants gathered at one time, if feasible. Reservation and participant lists will need to be made available to LCDHE if COVID-19 transmission or an outbreak appear to be associated with the facility.

For indoor sports, 50 participants per court/field/rink. Face coverings required and spectators must be limited per the indoor event guidelines. For outdoor sports, no limits on the number of participants or spectators.

View Organized Sports Guidance

 

75% of normal capacity; face coverings and 6-foot distancing required.

View Colorado's Retail Guidance

No capacity limits if clients are 6 feet apart and masks can be worn by clients and staff. 50% capacity limit and 6 feet of distancing required for services where masks must be removed. 

View Colorado's Personal Services Guidance

View Colorado's Limited Healthcare Settings Guidance

Require patients to wear face coverings or masks, unless must be removed for service or would inhibit the patient’s health.

CDPHE Places of Worship and Life Rites Guidance

Worship and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals are now classified as essential. This means that they must do their best to follow public health recommendations but may exceed recommended capacity caps if they cannot conduct their essential activity within those restrictions. They still must require masks indoors and other prevention measures like 6 foot spacing between members of different households and appropriate sanitation. Virtual and outdoor activities are still strongly preferred.

Submit Life Rites Event Plans here

For additional recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit their website.

Encourage remote working as much as possible, increase ventilation to indoor spaces, particularly areas where employees work in close proximity. Encourage staff to become vaccinated, require face coverings when within 6 feet of other employees. 

Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions may continue to operate without capacity limitations.

  • Maintain strict precautions:
  • Must maintain 6 feet physical distancing at all times between employees and clients
    • This includes maintaining physical distancing if a line forms inside or outside a facility, such as a grocery store.
  • Staff who can work remotely should do so.
  • Must abide by OSHA environmental hygiene standards related to COVID-19
  • Employees and clients/customers must wear face covers at all times when in the business.
"Critical Business" includes, but is not limited to: 
  • Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dental care, pharmacies, home health care companies, nursing homes, veterinary care, blood banks
  • Critical infrastructure, including utilities and electricity, public water and wastewater, telecommunication centers, transportation to support critical businesses, hotels, businesses and organizations that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities for economically disadvantaged personal, flight schools
  • Critical manufacturing, including food processing, agriculture/farms, medical equipment, computers and computer components
  • Critical retail, including grocery stores, farm and produce stands, gas stations, marijuana dispensary, liquor stores for takeout and delivery, firearms stores, hardware, farm supply, building materials store, 
  • Critical services, including trash and recycling, mail and shipping services, laundromats, building cleaning and maintenance, car rental with no-touch, auto supply stores, distribution centers, funeral homes, cemeteries (follow Life Rites guidance), animal shelters, animal rescues, animal grooming, moving services, in-person group counseling or recovery meetings, and libraries
  • News media, including newspapers, television, radio, other media services
  • Financial and professional institutions, including banks and credit unions, insurance and payroll, services related to financial markets, human services
  • Construction, including housing and low-income housing, skilled trades like electricians and plumbers, others related firms and professionals necessary to maintain sanitation and safety of critical operations and residences.
  • Defense, including defense security, aerospace operations, military operations, defense suppliers
  • Critical Services to maintain safety and sanitation, including law enforcement, fire prevention and response, building code enforcement, securing, emergency management and response, building cleaners, automotive and bicycle repair, snow removal, pest control
  • Vendors that provide critical services and products, including technical support for online and telephone services, childcare programs, government-owned or leased buildings.
  • Educational Institutions
  • Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public and private schools for the purpose of providing meals, housing, facilitating or providing materials for distance learning, and in consultation with the local public health agency providing in-person learning as necessary, or other essential services to students as determined by the school or school district in consultation with the local public health agency.

  • Postsecondary institutions, including private and public occupational schools, colleges and universities, for the purpose of facilitating remote learning, providing in-person classroom or laboratory education only in limited circumstances when remote learning is not possible or appropriate, or performing essential functions, such as security, medical and mental health services, housing, food services, and critical research, provided that Distancing Requirements are observed.

Indoor public spaces not specifically named above may operate per the indoor seated or unseated event requirements depending on the type of establishment or activity.  

Mitigation Phase “Snap Back"

Should case rates, percent positivity, and hospitalizations increase above the levels listed below, the public health director retains the right to impose additional restrictions at the appropriate level as outlined in the “Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 COVID-19 Dial 3.0” issued by CDPHE and dated April 4, 2021.

  1. 7-day incidence rate of no more than 300 cases per 100,000, and
  2. Percent positivity no more than 7.5%, and
  3. No more than 60 COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

Reporting COVID-19 cases

Local businesses are required to report cases of COVID-19 in their employees to the health department. For more information about outbreaks and general guidance for businesses if they were to have a case or exposure in one or more of their employees, please visit our COVID-19 outbreak page.

Sick employees should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 either through a local provider or through Larimer County community testing information. They should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 either through a local provider or Larimer County’s community-wide testing.

Voluntary and Informational COVID-19 Site Visits

You can request a voluntary and informational site visit of your business or facility by the Larimer County Compliance Team to review your COVID-19 safety measures and precautions by completing this form.

Our COVID-19 Compliance Team will review your business or facilities' compliance with the current restrictions and precautionary measures and offer recommendations. These visits are completely voluntary and non-punitive. These visits are a proactive way to ensure that your facility is meeting the current restrictions and learn more about how you can keep your staff, volunteers, and patrons/clients/customers safe. 

Enforcement 

Please see our Business Concerns page for more info about enforcement of the local COVID-19 business restrictions in Larimer County.

Public Health Orders and Capacity Comparisons

 

LEVEL Yellow (Former Statewide Dial
in effect until April 15, 2021)
New Larimer County PHO
as of April 16th, 2021
Restaurants 50%; up to a maximum of 150, with 6 ft distancing between separate parties 100%; with 6 ft distancing between separate parties
Last Call 1:00 AM 2:00 AM
Offices

50%, remote work strongly encouraged

75%
Gym/Fitness 50%; up to a maximum of 50 100%; with 6ft distancing
Indoor Groups 25 per court/field/rink 50 per court/field/rink
Outdoor Group Sports/Camps n/a No limits on the number of  participants or spectators
Retail 50% 75%
Personal Services  50%, up to a maximum of 50 No capacity limits if clients are 6 feet apart and masks can be worn by clients and staff. 50% capacity limit and 6 feet of distancing required for services where masks must be removed.
Limited Health Care Settings 50%, up to a maximum of 50 50%, up to a maximum of 50
Indoor Unseated Events & Entertainment 50%, up to a maximum of 50 50%, up to a maximum of 175
Indoor Seated  Events &  Entertainment 50%, up to a maximum of 150 No Capacity with 6 foot distancing, >500 requires state approval
Outdoor Seated And Unseated Events & Entertainment 50%, up to a maximum of 175 No capacity limit. Events planned   for 500 people or more must   submit plans to the Larimer County   Department of Health and   Environment 
Outdoor Guided Services 50%, up to a maximum of 10 No capacity limit

Larimer County Dial Capacity Comparison (PDF)

Colorado COVID-19 Public Health Orders

FAQs

  1. Colorado's mask order is in effect 30 days from April 3, 2021. Larimer County's order is in effect for 30 days from April 16, 2021 at which point it will be extended, modified, or expired depending on local COVID-19 conditions.

  2. Neither the state order nor the Larimer County order has ever required masks outdoors, with one exception in the state's order being that a mask must be worn if you are waiting on public or non-personal transportation. Some schools and sports teams have made their own rules for outdoor mask-wearing that are more strict than the orders require. 

    It is strongly recommended to wear a mask whenever you cannot keep a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from other people. We encourage you to wear a mask whenever you are in crowded spaces, either indoors or out.  

  3. Yes. For office-based businesses only, masks can be removed when employees are seated at their workspace AND keep six feet of social distance from other employees. Masks must be worn by employees when interacting with customers and the public. Masks must still be worn when moving about the building or in meetings with other employees, regardless of social distancing.

     

     

  4. A significant and sustained decline in COVID-19 cases is what will allow us to reduce or eliminate protective measures. It is our hope that we see a steady decline in the weekly case rate and hospitalizations within 30-days from April 16, 2021. Vaccination plays a very important role in that; however, it is not tied to the relaxing of protective measures. Overall disease transmission and hospital utilization are the metrics that are linked to relaxing community protective measures.  

  5. No. The role of the Health Department is to address issues of non-compliance with the current restrictions. A business that chooses to be more strict is not out of compliance with public health orders.  A business or agency may have many reasons for continuing practices that are stricter than the Health Department requires, including limited staffing, limited hours of operation, ongoing corporate policies, or a desire to continue protecting staff and customers while widespread community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring.

  6. No. 

  7. Self-serve buffets are allowable. Restaurant management should ensure that customers are distanced and not congregating in a line. It is recommended that restaurant staff continue to dish-up items from a buffet as opposed to customers serving themselves.