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Update for Taprooms, Breweries, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Distilleries & Bars

Taprooms, Breweries, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Distilleries, and Bars can now open as long as they serve food on-site per the governor's new guidance and clarification on May 25. They must follow the restaurant checklist and restrictions to reopen. 

This variance request allows our businesses to re-open, slowly and carefully, ahead of the next phase of the statewide Safer at Home plan. Larimer County will need to remain diligent in following physical distancing, handwashing and face-covering protocols in order to keep our community safe as we continue to re-open. 

Businesses will need to follow additional guidance and restrictions. Please be patient with our businesses as we navigate this process. 

Not all industries need to submit plans to the county. The ones that do have a form created and the turnaround time for approval within 5 days. 

Industries that are not required to submit a form for re-opening need to follow their appropriate checklist. 

The press release about the variance that was submitted can be found here. 

Taprooms, & Breweries, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Distilleries, and Bars can now open as long as they serve food on-site per the governor's new guidance and clarification on May 25. They must follow the restaurant checklist and restrictions to reopen. 

Please note: Child Care, Outdoor Group Recreation, and Long Term Care sections of the Larimer County variance request were not approved. We will continue to work with the state health department on those.

Questions? Submit this form. 

Restaurants are encouraged to, continue with take-out and curbside food and alcohol services per PHO 20-28 and the Safer at Home Phase. Larimer County believes these establishments may open for limited in-person service with restrictions.

No restaurant may operate dine-in service until they can meet and maintain all the applicable requirements in the re-opening checklist, found here.

No reopening inspections are required prior to a restaurant reopening provided they meet and maintain all requirements in this checklist.

  • At this time, no indoor or outdoor events are allowed within restaurants. Social distancing is still mandatory and events are not allowed under the state’s safer at home restrictions. Live music or entertainment may be provided if all other requirements in this checklist regarding seating capacity, patron spacing at tables, no open dance floor or standing room areas can be followed.  

  • Employees must be educated in the requirements in the checklist and understand how these measures help to reduce the transmission and spread of COVID-19. 

  • The completed checklist must be posted either at the main entrance or inside the establishment with other required labor and employment postings. 

  • Enforcement will be handled on a complaint basis. You do not need to submit this form to the Larimer County Health Department unless asked to do so. If an inspector enters your facility, you will need to show how the measures included in this checklist are being complied with.

  • This information could be updated with additional guidance and information released by the state.

  • Expansion of outdoor seating areas may require permits from the local building, fire or liquor licensing authority. Contact these agencies prior to any plans for the expansion of outdoor seating areas.

  • For facilities with mixed uses, such as a food establishment inside a gym, the guidelines that apply to each portion of the business must be followed.

Seating Areas (Subject to change - Updated 5/27/2020)

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, there are two choices. All restaurants must select one and indicate which on the posted checklist. Those choices are:

  • 50% of the total posted occupancy of the establishment may be provided as indoor seating with a maximum of 50 patrons. Patrons in different parties must be a minimum of 6 feet apart. The spacing of tables may need to be 6 feet or more to ensure proper physical distancing between diners from different parties.

Or:

  • 30% of the total maximum occupancy of the establishment may be provided as indoor seating with a maximum of 175 patrons. Up to 60% of maximum occupancy may be provided if the additional seating is in an un-enclosed outdoor space. No more than 60% of the maximum occupancy may be provided. All indoor and outdoor seating must be placed with 6 feet spacing, table to table. 

  • Alternatively, all 60% of seating may be outdoors, or a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where no more than 30% is indoors, and no more than 60% total.  

Places of worship are encouraged to continue drive- up or online services as much as possible. For facilities wishing to resume in-person services the checklist must be completed in its entirety and posted in the facility. This guidance applies to worship services only. Weddings and other church meetings or events may submit a request for each Public Gathering of  11-50 people.

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time. Outdoor worship services may be conducted on church property if 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained.

Allow public gatherings of no more than 10 people unless the square footage of the facility and/or space allows for 6-foot distancing of all participants. If the event organizer and/or facility can demonstrate compliance via a written plan with provisions below, gatherings may be approved, not to exceed 50 people.

  • Detailed plans on the space or area used for the gathering or event and controls that will be implemented to maintain 6 feet distancing requirements;

  • Face coverings must be required and plans should outline how the requirement will be communicated to participants and enforced during the event; 

  • The plan must include methods used to register attendees so that contact tracing may occur if necessary; 

  • Susceptible populations will be strongly recommended to refrain from participating in any public gathering during the Safer at Home phase;

  • Gathering size will be re-evaluated on June 30 to determine when larger gatherings will be able to resume.  

 

Submit your plan to hold an event of attendees between 11 and 50 here. 

Are you a wedding planner or a wedding venue? Submit your plan for events here. 

At this point events larger than 50 people are not allowed. Check back as state orders can modify that restriction at any time. 

As of June 4, 2020, pools may open and operate in a limited capacity. This includes any pool open to the public, including but not limited to municipal pools, homeowner association pools, pools at fitness centers, hot tubs, and developed hot springs.

Outdoor Pools: Limit the pool to 50% capacity, up to 50 people, whichever is fewer.  
Indoor Pools: Limit the pool to 25% capacity, or up to 50 people, whichever is fewer.
See guidance on the checklist for capacity limits for swim teams, water safety instruction, and classes.

 

The items in the Pool Reopening Checklist must be implemented before resuming operations.

To the greatest extent possible, Larimer County continues to urge community members to stay close to home when participating in recreation activities. Gyms can expand their services or re-open if this checklist is completed, available onsite and all items met. 

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time.

Salons, Spas, and other similar personal services must continue to operate with occupancy restrictions intended to provide adequate physical/social distancing. That resuming operations with occupancy above the limit of 10 (clients plus employees) must submit a plan to Larimer County Health Department to demonstrate compliance with the specific criteria outlined. What the approved variance allows: 

 

  • Capacity for the establishment will be limited to thirty percent (30%) of the maximum occupancy allowed, so long as 6-foot distancing requirements can be maintained between client/employee pairs.  
  • Use of physical dividers, separate entrances and exits, or other methods that can partition spaces without causing an increased risk for emergency exiting must be used to separate individual workstations. 
  • Clients must be instructed to wear face coverings when entering the establishment and at all times except when a face-covering inhibits the ability to provide the service.  
  • Cleaning supplies for high contact surfaces provided at each workstation.
  • Employees must be available to monitor the number of people in the facility, screen clients upon entry for COVID-19 symptoms, and to clean and disinfect all equipment between clients. Client appointment logs must be maintained to assist in contact tracing if necessary. 
  • Employees who are symptomatic must be excluded from the workplace and required to isolate for 10 days. They should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 either through a local provider or Larimer County’s community-wide testing. 

 

  • Rental of outdoor recreational equipment is permitted if the equipment can be cleaned and sanitized between uses. Kayaks, boats, bicycles, and golf clubs may be rented if procedures are in place to clean and disinfect the item after every use. 

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others, except for members of the same household by limiting capacity or staggering activities such as boat launching, tee times, or other reservation based systems to maintain social distancing between users.

Short term rentals can open up for operation with a plan to monitor and follow the new guidance. The checklist for accomodations can be found here.

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.

Recreation programs and/or facilities that believe they can operate safely under the current guidance can submit a plan to Larimer County Health Department that shows their ability to meet the safety requirements in the variance plan. You can find the variance plan here. 

  • Confirm the area you are intending to camp is open prior to planning a trip. Many agencies have not yet opened areas or campsites. 

  • Camping should be limited to one household per campsite.

  • No group camping (camping with multiple households all in the same general area) allowed, in individual campsites or group campsites.

  • Perform frequent cleaning and disinfection of bathrooms and high-touch surfaces

  • Camp only with members of your household in your local region. Do not invite visitors to your campsite.

  • Use personal equipment for camping equipment (no rentals or “loaned” items).

  • Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed camping supplies in your home community. You should not go to a host community grocery store, restaurant, supply store, or gas station except for emergency situations. 

  • Be prepared and plan ahead for extremely limited facilities, as many will be closed or reduced access. You must pack out your trash and waste. 

  • Do not camp if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.

Larimer County would like to allow school districts to apply for a Graduation Waiver for review by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. The plans for graduation ceremonies must include how the following precautions will be addressed: 

  • Physical Distancing - Strategies to maintain a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing must be used throughout the ceremony. Options include doing “drive-in” style ceremonies, streaming presentations and speakers, calling small groups of less than 10 graduates at a time to the presentation stage, etc. 

  • Guests of Graduates - Family and friends of graduates in attendance in person need to be limited in order to maintain physical distancing requirements and overall event size. Members of the same household as the graduate may attend as a group. Extended family members or other guests outside of the household must adhere to physical distancing requirements.  

  • Delivery of Diplomas - Deliver diplomas to graduates after the ceremony via mail, or have graduates collect diplomas from the stage individually rather than being handed out by administration. 

Libraries can begin re-opening at 50% capacity as long as the checklist has been completed and all requirements are met. Library checklist can be found here

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time.

Movie theaters and bowling allies can open once they have completed the reopening checklist found here. 

In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time.

Retailers in indoor malls with a separate exterior entrance may operate per the requirements for non-critical retail in Appendix A, Section II. Retailers with no exterior entrance may open provided mall management submits a plan to Larimer County Health Department to address the specific criteria outlined in the variance plan. You can find the variance plan here.