Public Health Orders

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Level Clear Began May 16 for Adams and Arapahoe Counties 

These counties will remain at Level Clear unless there are more than 2 hospital admissions per 100,000 county residents over a 14-day period, as part of the Phase 2 Observation Period of the Public Health Order Simplified COVID-19 Dial issued in April. Douglas County had previously opted out of TCHD’s Simplified Dial order and remains under the state's Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions

Under Level Clear, Adams and Arapahoe counties will enter a 90-day Observation Period during which businesses, schools, restaurants and other facilities will be able to open at 100 percent capacity. There will be no further restrictions beyond the state’s mask-wearing requirements for indoor spaces and any state public health orders still in effect.

Updated Public Health Order reduces Colorado locations that require masks 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended public health order effective June 1 through July 1 that removes restrictions for large indoor gatherings and changes face covering requirements to start at age 12, reflecting the state’s vaccine-eligible population. Face coverings are now required only for individuals who are unvaccinated or who are not fully vaccinated while in settings such as schools; summer camps; prisons and jails; and for patients, staff, and visitors in healthcare settings. Masks are still required on public transportation

Phased Reopening through a Simplified “Dial”

Each participating county will move to the next less-restrictive level based on their Dial metrics as of April 16, 2021. 

  • Phase 1: Moving Toward Full Re-Opening, April 16 - May 15 (30 days): Counties will remain at their new level on the Dial. For example, a county at Level Yellow on the Dial on April 15 will move to Level Blue on April 16 and remain there until May 16. 
  • Phase 2: Observation Period May 16 - Aug. 16 (90 days): Counties will move to Level Clear, subject to TCHD observation of hospital admission rates in the county. Level Clear includes only restrictions required by the state and face covering requirements.

Changing Levels

In Phase 2, each participating county will be assigned to Level Clear and will move between Levels based on the rate of hospital admissions of County residents. Counties will be moved to more or less restrictive Levels if experiencing rates reflective of more or less restrictive Levels for 7 consecutive days over a 14-day rolling average.

  • Level Clear: up to 2.0 hospital admissions of county residents per 100,000 over a 14-day period.
  • Level Blue: greater than 2.0 and up to 3.0 hospital admissions of county residents per 100,000 over a 14-day period.
  • Level Yellow: greater than 3.0 and up to 4.0 hospital admissions of county residents per 100,000 over a 14-day period.
  • Level Orange: greater than 4.0 and up to 5.0 hospital admissions of county residents per 100,000 over a 14-day period.
  • Level Red: More than 5.0 hospital admissions of county residents per 100,000 over a 14-day period.
  • Level Purple: More than 5.0 hospital admissions of county residents per 100,000 population over a 14-day period and hospital capacity is threatened.

Personal Indoor Social Gatherings

For indoor personal gatherings, follow the CDC guidance on gatherings.

Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfecting

Ventilation

Ensure proper ventilation and maximize ventilation by upgrading air filters and opening windows whenever possible.

Signage

Post signage in public areas:

  • About good hygiene practices, including washing hands and distancing.
  • Reminding individuals to maintain physical distance. 
  • Prohibiting anyone showing any symptoms or signs of illness from entering.
  • Ensure all signage is easy to follow and in languages employees and customers understand.

Business 5 Star Certification

Counties may choose to continue their Business 5 Star Certification Programs in compliance with CDPHE requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Expired Public Health Orders

The following Tri-County Health Department's public health orders are no longer in effect: