Summit County Public Health Orders and Business Protocols

The State of Colorado has placed Summit County into Level Orange (High Risk) restrictions. Case numbers are high, many indoor activities are strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative.

Summit County has additional local restrictions in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These orders place restrictions on a variety of activities, including commercial activities, social activities, events and community gatherings.

Summit County Level Orange Restrictions

Masks: Cloth face coverings are required in all indoor spaces open to the public and in all outdoor spaces where a minimum 6-foot physical distance from others can not be maintained.

Public and private gatherings: Gatherings of individuals from more than two households are prohibited. The order does not prohibit gatherings of people who live together in the same residence.

High-risk populations: Encouraged to stay at home.

Lodging and short term rentals: Lodging stays limited to a max of 10 people from no more than two households in any lodging unit, including short-term vacation rentals (STRs). A household is defined as the person or persons who live together in a single residence. The two household limit applies to all lodging stays, including those for which reservations have already been made. Any existing reservations that include guests from more than two households must be changed or canceled to comply with the regulation. See additional guidance for owners and managers of STR properties.

Ski Areas: Ski areas must operate at reduced guest capacities. All retail, lodging and restaurant operations at resorts are subject to all restrictions within the order listed for those sectors.

Restaurants: Indoor dining limited to 25% of posted capacity, or 50 persons, whichever is less. Takeout, curbside pickup, delivery and to-go service permitted. Individuals from different parties must be spaced at least 6 feet apart. On-premises sale, consumption and service of alcohol (by both staff and customers) ends at 10:00 p.m. Takeout alcohol sales end at 10:00 p.m. 

Retail businesses: May operate at 50 percent of the posted occupancy limit and should offer enhanced options for curbside pickup, delivery and dedicated service hours for seniors and at-risk individuals.

Offices: 25 percent of posted occupancy limit; remote work strongly encouraged.

Gyms/fitness: 25 percent of indoor occupancy limit or 25 people per room, whichever is less; groups of 10 or less outdoors, maintaining 6 feet of distance between non-household contacts; reservations required for all services.

Organized youth and adult sports and camps: Virtual allowed; outdoors in groups of 10 or less, with 6 feet of distance between non-household contacts.

Personal services: 25 percent of posted occupancy limit or 25 people, whichever is less.

Schools: In-person learning suggested for preschool through fifth grade; in-person, hybrid or remote learning suggested for middle school; hybrid or remote suggested for high school.

Higher education: Remote suggested, limited in-person learning when necessary.

Child care: Open, with standard ratios.

Houses of worship and life rites: Operate at 25 percent of posted occupancy limit or 50 attendees, whichever is less. 

Additional details on Level Orange restrictions are available on the CDPHE website.

The Basics: Summit County Public Health Order

  1. Wear a mask in indoor spaces open to the public; wear a mask outdoors when you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distancing.
  2. Avoid Gatherings. 
  3. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from individuals who are not members of your immediate household.
  4. Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to your workplace or any public spaces. Only leave home to get tested or seek medical care.
  5. Get tested immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, headache, body aches, chills, diarrhea, loss of taste/smell).

State of Colorado Public Health Order

Coloradans should continue staying home as much as possible, and vulnerable populations, including seniors, should continue staying home, only leaving when absolutely necessary. 

"Together, Coloradans have been effective in leveling and flattening the curve, but life will remain much more dangerous than usual these next few months and we should all wear masks when in public. Safer at Home is by no means a free-for-all," Gov. Jared Polis said. "We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus and must find a way of living that is psychologically and economically sustainable for Coloradans.”

Business Physical Distancing Protocols

The Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form will help businesses identify and implement strategies to protect the health of their employees and members of the public by reducing opportunities for disease transmission. Businesses must: 

  • Display a completed copy of their Physical Distancing Protocol at each public entrance
  • Distribute completed copies of their Physical Distancing Protocol to all employees
  • Post a completed copy of the Physical Distancing Protocol on business website, if applicable
  • Physical Distancing Protocols do not have to be submitted to Public Health for review

Download the Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form (pdf).
Descarque el Protocolo de distancia fisico de negocios (pdf) del condado de Summit.

Essential Businesses

All essential businesses (providing groceries, pharmacy products, pet food and supplies, hardware, office supplies) that remained open to the public during the Stay At Home Order must complete the Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols. Copies of the completed form, and requisite signage for the public and employees, must be posted at all public entrances, in plain view to staff, customers and others onsite.

Non-essential Business - Follow the Roadmap to Recovery for Guidance

Businesses must complete the Physical Distancing Protocol, per the Summit County Public Health Order. Additional activity-specific guidance may apply from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment or Summit County. All of the below are subject to change, per updated Public Health Orders and other industry precautions. Some activities and sectors may move through the stages of stabilization more quickly than others.