Summit County Public Health Orders and Business Protocols
Public Health Order and Mask Requirements
Summit County Public Health issued an amended and restated Public Health Order Saturday, May 15, after receiving the Governor’s updated Executive Order and CDPHE’s updated Public Health Order late Friday. The new public health order contains updates to the mask requirements in order to simplify and align with the state Executive Order D 2021 103 as well as alignment with the updated CDPHE Public Health Order.
Under the former local public health order, Summit County required masks to be worn inside all public spaces. The new order which takes effect at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 15, aligns with the state orders issued on May 14, 2021.
Under the executive order, face masks must be worn by individuals age eleven (11) and older in the situations below. Summit County’s local public health order extends this requirement to individuals age two (2) and older in item 1 below:
- Preschool through grade 12 schools (including extracurricular activities) and child care centers and services; however, fully vaccinated individuals, including vaccinated children ages 16-18, in a classroom, cohort, or other group of children may remove masks where the teacher(s), caregiver(s), or other staff whose primary responsibility is education or childcare have provided proof of fully completed vaccination to their employer;
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff of Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle offices;
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents, staff, and visitors to congregate care facilities, including nursing facilities, assisted living residences, intermediate care facilities, and group homes; except in situations where removal is authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services;
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents, staff, and visitors to Prisons and Jails;
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated personnel in emergency medical and other healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulance service centers, urgent care centers, non-ambulatory surgical structures, clinics, doctors’ offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).
Summit County is requiring that individuals ages 2 and older wear masks in schools and child care centers, as well as in indoor camps and rec leagues. In addition, schools and child care centers may choose to maintain more strict mask wearing requirements than those outlined in the state or local health order.
As allowed under state law, owners, operators, and managers of any business or service may, at their discretion, continue to require individuals entering or within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination.
Unvaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a mask when entering indoor public spaces not specifically listed above in the state executive order.
Individuals may choose to wear masks, even when not required, for their own safety and protection. Vaccination continues to be the best way that individuals can protect themselves and their loved ones. Summit County is encouraging residents 12 year of age and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine which is free and easily available. To view a list of upcoming free vaccination clinics in Summit County, visit: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1423/Scheduling-Vaccinations
Read the New Summit County Public Health Order
- Read the new Summit County Public Health Order, which takes effect at 9:30 a.m., May 15, 2021.
- Lea la Orden de Salud Pública del Condado de Summit (Español)
The new order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., June 4, 2021 unless amended beforehand.
Local Dial Framework
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a public health order dissolving the current state Dial 3.0 beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 16. Control over COVID-19 restrictions now rests with each county to determine what is best for their unique situation.
Summit County officials after much consideration and consultation with businesses and stakeholder groups, along with feedback from the community, have created a revised dial framework for the county. The Summit County Dial is considerably less restrictive than the state Dial 3.0 and tied to the metrics of hospitalization, incidence rate, and vaccination rate, which officials believe are more suitable indicators for the county.
The dial places Summit County in Level Green: Little to No Threat. In Level Green, the majority of business sectors are fully open, with only minor restrictions on large events and mask wearing.
Summit County Dial Framework Metrics and Local Restrictions
The Summit County Dial contains relaxed restrictions for each level on the dial compared to state Dial 3.0. Each level is tied to metrics that best serve the community - hospitalization, incidence rate and vaccination.
- To move to Level Green, with most business sectors fully open, Summit County needed to meet the incidence rate metric (0-100 per 100,000) OR the vaccination metric (70% of SC residents fully vaccinated). Summit County has currently met the incidence rate metric.
- Under Level Green, the 6 ft. rule between parties is eliminated for restaurants
- To move to a more restrictive level, hospital capacity must be threatened. Incidence rate and case numbers will not be factored into moving into a more restrictive level.
Town Hall on Level Green
Friday, May 7 11:00 a.m.
The Summit Chamber along with Summit County Public Health held a Town Hall on Friday May, 7 to discuss Level Green and answer questions from our community and businesses. Watch the replay below.
Download the slides from the presentation here.