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Indoor Events means indoor activities like receptions, events, concerts, indoor markets, non-critical auctions, theaters, trade shows, or other indoor venues. 

Indoor events must follow this checklist to operate. 

Plans for indoor events must be submitted and approved. Submit indoor event requests here. 

Effective Monday, January 4th, at 12:00pm: Capacity for Indoor events is:

  • Seated events: 25% but no more than 50 people
  • Unseated events: 25% but no more than 50 people

Indoor Events may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less per room. The usable space should be calculated using 6 feet distancing between non-household contacts. 

Outdoor Events means outdoor activities such as outdoor receptions, events, fairs, rodeos, non-critical auctions, concerts, outdoor markets, or other outdoor venues.

Outdoor events must follow this checklist to operate. 

Plans for outdoor events must be submitted and approved. Submit event requests here. 

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: May operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 75 people excluding staff, whichever is less. 6 feet of distancing must be maintained. 

Individual hosts for events must submit their event plans to the Larimer County Health Department for approval, using this form. A site map on the space and controls that will be implemented to maintain 6 feet distancing requirements should be included.

Worship Services and Life Rites

Places of worship are encouraged to continue drive-up or online services as much as possible. 

Effective 12/8/2020: 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.

Submission for approval for Life Rites Events

Outdoors
  • Outdoor worship is always permitted under the state public health order. A place of worship must maintain 6 feet of distance between non-household members.

CDPHE Places of Worship and Life Rites Guidance

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

Those at risk of severe illness with COVID-19

We understand that restrictions on religious services, in particular, have a significant impact on communities, congregations and organizations – religiously, spiritually, morally, and emotionally. We encourage gatherings to be done remotely by webinar, teleconference, social media, and telephone to reduce the risk of exposing congregants to illness.

Seniors, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for adverse health complications if they contract this virus. This includes:

  • Those who are over age 65
  • Those who have cancer
  • Those who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Those who have an immunocompromised state (weakened immune symptoms) from a solid organ transplant
  • Those who have obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
  • Those who have serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Those who have Sickle cell disease
  • Those who have Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Those who might also be at increased risk include:

  • Those who have moderate to severe asthma
  • Those who have cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Those who have cystic fibrosis 
  • Those who have hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Those who have an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Those who have neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Those who have liver disease
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those who have pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Those who smoke
  • Those who have thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Those who have Type 1 diabetes mellitus

We recommend that those who are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19 minimize their contact with people outside of their household in the community.

Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food to beverage for on-premises consumption

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: Restaurants may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people, excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.

Restaurants must follow this checklist to operate. 

Restaurants may also use any existing, licensed outdoor space for
in-person dining with a group limit of 10 and minimum spacing of 6 feet apart. 

Restaurants must have or obtain approval from their local government’s permitting, building and fire code oversight agency for any new outdoor dining space prior to use.

Pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 091 all on-premises licensees licensed under Articles 3, 4, and 5 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes must cease alcohol beverage sales to end consumers for on-premises consumption and for takeout between 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. MDT each day; however, counties and municipalities may set more restrictive hours as they determine
appropriate.

We do recommend continuing to collect contact information and keeping it on-hand. Should there be cases in your business, it would be helpful to have the information available to notify customers if necessary. 

  • Face coverings are required for employees and customers at all times, except when customers are seated with their group.
  • Gloves are not required by wait staff unless already required by the food code.
  • Menus can be reused as long as they are cleaned after each use and can be easily cleaned.
  • Self-service soda machines are allowed. Customers can get a refill without getting a new cup.
  • Multi-use utensils used at self-service stations are not allowed (such as the use of hot dog roller tongs, scoops at bulk food bins, and coffee urns).
  • At convenience stores and grocery stores, self-service pastries are allowed without multi-use utensils. 
  • Shared/left on table condiments (salt/pepper, catsup/mustard,) can be used but it must be cleaned and disinfected after each group.  
  • Indoor seating and use of indoor facilities such as games, pool tables, etc. is not allowed. Seating at an outdoor bar area is still prohibited unless the area where patrons are allowed is distanced away from the bartender and socially distanced from other seated groups.  
  • Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, etc. are closed unless they have a retail food license to serve food onsite or have partnered with a retail food establishment to serve food on-site, such as hosting a food truck on-site for on-premise consumption.
    • Promoting a food delivery service or asking customers to order food from a neighboring establishment does not meet this requirement.
 
Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages

Taprooms, Breweries, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Distilleries, and Bars are closed for dine-in services unless they serve food on-site from a retail food establishment. They must follow the restaurant guidelines and restrictions to be open for on-site outdoor dining with food service.

Bars, breweries, wineries and similar businesses must operate following this checklist. 

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm:

  • May operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people, excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.
  • May also use any existing, licensed outdoor space for in-person dining with a group limit of 10 and minimum spacing of 6 feet apart. 
  • Must have or obtain approval from their local government’s permitting, building and fire code oversight agency for any new outdoor dining space prior to use. Pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 091 all on-premises licensees licensed under Articles 3, 4, and 5 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes must cease alcohol beverage sales to end consumers for on-premises consumption and for takeout between 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. MDT each day; however, counties and municipalities may set more restrictive hours as they determine appropriate.
  • Restaurants, and Bars that serve food from a retail food licensee with tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and set seating for on-premise consumption, may operate at the Orange level.
  • Encouraged to continue curbside pick up and delivery, including alcohol pick up and delivery. Bars that do not offer food may only provide alcohol service through takeout, curbside pick up and delivery.
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, and other indoor athletic facilities.

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: 25% capacity, up to 50 people indoors, or outdoors in groups less than 10.

This checklist must be followed to be open at this time. 

Mask-wearing requirements apply to everyone indoors, including people exercising. If you are in an indoor room with other patrons who are not a part of your household, then you need to wear a mask. You may remove it temporarily if you need to catch your breath or safely perform an activity, but wear a mask as much as feasible.

  • It is strongly encouraged to limit pool activity to lap swim. If you permit open swim, make efforts to reduce in-pool interactions between people not in the same household.

  • Use a reservation system or use pre-existing electronic capacity monitoring systems if feasible 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.

  • Communal gathering spaces, such as communal locker/changing rooms should not be used.

    • If locker rooms or changing rooms must be used for safety or hygiene reasons, surfaces should be routinely cleaned every hour. Take steps, such as closing off a series of lockers to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings

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

  • Provide access to hand sanitizer.

  • Conduct symptom and temperature checks for employees

  • 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 are required. Lanes should be limited to household groups. Service of food and/or beverages must follow restaurant or bar guidance.

 

 

Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions

Fourth Amended Public Health Order - Colorado Dial

"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.

 

 

 

  • Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions may continue
    to operate without capacity limitations, except that Critical Retail must adhere to 50% of the posted occupancy limit, but must follow the requirements in Section III.B and C of the Public Health Order.
     
  • Maintain strict precautions:
  • Businesses must symptom check and temperature check employees at the beginning of each shift. 
  • 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.
  • Must adopt work from home or telework policies for any operations that can be done remotely, and implement other strategies, such as staggered schedules or re-designing workplaces, to create more distance between workers unless doing so would make it impossible to carry out critical functions.
    • 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.
  • Employees who can telework should be teleworking.

Limited Healthcare Settings

Services provided in Limited Healthcare Settings that are ordered by a medical, dental, or veterinary practitioner are subject to the requirements of Reference PHO 20-29. Otherwise, these services are subject to PHO 20-28

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture (not related to personal services)
  • Athletic training (not related to personal services)
  • Audiology services
  • Services by hearing aid providers
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy (not related to personal services)
  • Med spas and medical cosmetic services
  • Naturopathic care
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech language pathology services

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12pm: 25% capacity up to 25 people per room (No Change from Red to Orange)

Follow Mandatory Practices outlined below:
Workspaces
:

  • Must have adequate PPE in order to sustain recommended PPE use for its workforce for 2 weeks without the need for emergency PPE-conserving measures. If a practice proposes to extend the use of or reuse PPE, it must follow CDC guidance.
  • The practice must implement strict infection control policies as recommended by CDC.
  • Must maintain a plan to reduce to stop voluntary and elective surgeries and procedures should a surge/resurgence of COVID-19 cases occur locally.
  • Reassess operations every 2 weeks in order to ensure:
    • Procedures are prioritized based on whether their continued delay will have an adverse health outcome
      • Voluntary and elective surgeries and procedures should be prioritized based on indication and urgency
    • Strong consideration is given to the balance of risks vs. benefits for patients in higher-risk groups such as those over age 65 and those with compromised immune systems or lung and heart function
    • Screen all patients for COVID-19 risk factors and symptoms prior to delivering care, via telehealth when applicable
  • Must have a written sick employee policy shared with employees and available upon request. Templates for those will be made available. 
  • Conduct symptoms check for all customers of services with close personal contact and decline to provide services to anyone who has symptoms.
  • Provide services by appointment only, do not allow walk-ins or waiting for an appointment
  • Must maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times between employees and clients.  
  • Must have signage clearly posted at entrance requiring masking, 6 feet physical distancing. 
  • Must abide by OSHA environmental hygiene standards related to COVID-19
    • Clean and disinfect any equipment that is shared between customers/patients between customers/patients
  • Must maintain a detailed log of customer interactions to enable contract tracing if necessary to include, name, date, and location of contact as well as the contact's phone number and/or email address

Employees and Clients/Customers:

  • Employees providing close, direct personal contact must
    • Wear medical grade mask and gloves at all times
    • Change gloves and wash hands between every patient
    • Clean and disinfect all shared equipment and tools between every patient
  • Televisits whenever possible 
  • Employees will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Clients should wear face-covering at all times except when receiving personal care services as defined in this document and following their specific guidance
  • 6-foot restrictions get lifted for one-on-one contact for certain business types referenced in the personal guidance document.
  • Businesses are only open for limited numbers of people (no more than 10 people, including employees and clients/customers at a time). 
  • Services must be provided by appointment or reservation only, no walk-ins. 
  • Employees who can work remotely should do so.
  • Provide documentation such as estimates, invoices, receipts, etc. electronically to negate the need for paper

Personal services

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Hair salons, barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Tattoo and piercing shops and parlors
  • Massage therapists, except when prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider
  • Cosmetologists
  • Estheticians
  • Pet grooming-in-house and mobile, with curbside interaction only with pet owners
  • Personal Training 

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: 25% capacity up to 25 people per room (No change from Level Orange)

Also refer to:

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: 25% capacity, not to exceed 25 people, whichever is less, excluding staff per room indoors or per activity or area outdoors.

Retail & Non-Critical Business Services

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Hobby and fabric stores
  • Apothecaries
  • Thrift shops
  • Flower shops
  • Garden supplies such as nurseries, greenhouses, and community gardens
  • Head shop/smoke shops
  • Fishing tackle retailers
  • Sporting goods
  • Boutiques
  • CBD stores
  • Craft stores
  • Pawn Shops and antiques/flea markets
  • Hot tub companies (products that can be delivered or picked up curbside, i.e. cleaning supplies)
  • Residential front offices/property management services
  • Vending machines support

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: 50% of the posted occupancy limit, and should offer increased options for curbside pickup, delivery, and dedicated service hours for senior and at-risk individuals.

  • Must maintain 6-foot distancing between customers and employees

Workspaces:

  • Employees who can work remotely, should.
  • Must have a written sick employee policy shared with employees and available upon request. 
  • Elevate and increase the frequency of cleaning practices, including cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces
  • Restrict return policy to only items that can be properly sanitized prior to re-selling
  • Use decals or demarcation for waiting areas in lines that meet physical distancing criteria
  • Must have signage clearly posted at entrance requiring masking and 6 feet physical distancing.
  • Create designated store hours for susceptible individuals and post signage encouraging these individuals to shop during these hours
  • Provide hand sanitizer and wipes at entrances and other high-traffic locations to the greatest extent possible

Employees and Clients/Customers:

  • Must maintain 6 feet physical distancing at all times between employees and clients.
  • Employees and clients/customers must wear face coverings when in the business. 
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment such as face coverings and gloves to employees whenever possible
  • Contact-less services (curbside pick-up, no contact payment is strongly encouraged)
  • Employees who can work remotely should do so.
  • Provide documentation such as estimates, invoices, receipts, etc. electronically to negate the need for paper

Employers:

  • Require employees to stay home when showing any symptoms or signs of sickness
  • Provide work accommodations for susceptible individuals who should continue to observe Stay at Home recommendations. These individuals shall not be compelled to go to work throughout this emergency.
  • Provide to the greatest extent possible flexible or remote scheduling for employees who may have child to elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay at Home
  • Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible
  • Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Phase shift and breaks to reduce density of staff in the workplace

Retail Markets and Malls

Both individual vendors operating within the mall and the common space in indoor malls shall follow Retail requirements.

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

  • Indoor events- closed
  • Outdoor events
    • Seated: 25% up to 75 people with the State Social Distancing Calculator, attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing between groups
    • Unseated: 25% up to 75 people with 6ft of distancing between parties, attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing between groups
      • Individual hosts for events must submit their event plans to the Larimer County Health Department for approval, using this form. A site map on the space and controls that will be implemented to maintain 6 feet distancing requirements should be included.

      • Outdoor Events - Guidance and Checklist

Open with precautions at 50% capacity

Effective Tuesday, 11/24, at 5:00pm:

  • 50% capacity with increased curbside pick up, and delivery. Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged.

Effective Tuesday, 11/24, at 5:00pm: 50% capacity with increased curbside pick up, and delivery. Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged.

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft physical distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person.

Per page 14 of Second Amended Public Health Order 20-36, November 20, 2020

Field Services

Field Services means a service that is being provided out in the field as opposed to company property, including third party private properties, such as a third-party household.

  • Field Services that are not necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and critical operation of residences and other Critical Businesses or Critical Government Functions are closed.
    • Real estate, including marketing services
    • Lawncare and landscaping
    • House cleaning, including carpet cleaning and window cleaning
    • Electricians and plumbers
    • Handyman services
    • General contractors, tile setters, carpenters, construction
    • Home inspectors
    • Appraisers
    • Land surveyors
    • Architects 
    • Engineers
    • Private investigators
    • Landscape architects
    • Transportation network companies, limo services, and call and demand transportation  (e.g taxis)

Real Estate Open Houses

Individual real estate showings are authorized and open houses may operate with only one household in the property at a time

Sign-In Sheet Template

 

Private, short-term vacation-style rentals: such as those arranged through an online hosting platform, including but not limited to VRBO or Airbnb, rented for a period of 30 days or fewer, homeowner rentals, and privately-owned residences for rent, except if offered for use for the public health response.

Short term rentals can open up for operation with a plan to monitor and follow the new guidance. 

Private, short-term vacation-style rentals such as those arranged through an online hosting platform, including but not limited to VRBO or Airbnb, homeowner rentals, and privately owned residences for rent that are rented for a period of 30 days or fewer are permitted to operate. 

  • Guests should be informed of local restrictions due to COVID-19 prior to arrival; restaurants may only be offering take-out or require reservations, face covering requirements or local closures of recreation facilities. 
  • Owners of short term rental properties must provide visitors access to cleaning supplies, such as disposable wipes, to clean doorknobs, remote controls, and desks before and after each use.
  • Groups larger than 10, except those all from the same household are not permitted.

Effective Tuesday, 11/24, at 5:00pm: 50% capacity with increased curbside pick up, and delivery. Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged.

Farmers Markets should follow COVID-19 guidance from the Colorado Farmers Market Association.

Movie Theaters and Indoor Entertainment

Effective Tuesday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: Open following indoor event guidance. May operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less,

6 feet distancing between non-household contacts must be maintained.

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: 25% capacity up to 10 people. (No change from Red)

CDPHE Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm: Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10. (No change from Red)

Effective Monday, 1/4, at 12:00pm

  • Indoors: Smoking Lounges may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 10 people, whichever is less.
  • Outdoors: Open with tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and only seated with members of the same household

We know there are many questions. If you have questions about the restrictions and guidelines that are not addressed on this page, please complete this form

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 information about the enforcement of the local COVID-19 business restrictions in Larimer County.