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Summit County Government

Posted on: March 2, 2021

5 Star Businesses Allowed to Operate in Level Blue

Summit County Public Health

Colorado has reached its goal to vaccinate 70% of residents 70 and older allowing 5 Star businesses to operate under Level Blue capacity restrictions effective immediately

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Summit County Director of Communications

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health officials submitted a request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to move 5 Star certified businesses from Level Yellow to Level Blue restrictions on the State Dial 2.0, citing that Colorado met the goal of vaccinating 70% of its 70 and older population by Feb. 28, as announced on the Governor’s press conference today. 

5 Star certified businesses are allowed to operate in Level Blue restrictions effective immediately. Capacity restrictions in Level Blue include:

  • Restaurants are now eligible to operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 175 people (or up to 225 with space calculator), whichever is less.
  • Gyms and fitness centers can operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 175 people, whichever is less. 
  • Personal Services businesses can operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 50, whichever is less (this capacity is unchanged from Yellow to Blue).

The local public health order is being modified with respect to last call, removing the 10:00 p.m. cut-off time for sales of alcohol. Going forward, 5 Star certified restaurants must cease all alcohol beverage sales, service, possession, and consumption to end consumers (including employees) for on-premises consumption at 10:30 p.m. 

The personal gathering restriction remains the same in Level Blue with a limit of no more than 10 people from no more than two households, which applies to seating at restaurants. Summit County 5 Star businesses must comply with all 5 Star protocols, Level Blue requirements in the CDPHE Public Health Order and all applicable state and local guidance.

More details on capacity restrictions in Level Blue for all business sectors can be found on the CDPHE Dial page. Capacity restrictions specific to 5 Star businesses can be found at the Summit County 5 Star page.

“We welcome the opportunity to allow our 5 Star businesses to operate under Level Blue capacity restrictions in recognition of their effort to go above and beyond to create a safe atmosphere for employees and guests,” said Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence. “Our goal as a county is to continue to reduce the spread of the virus in our community and allow our businesses to open further.”

“We encourage everyone to make an effort, including avoiding gatherings, wearing a mask, staying home if sick, getting tested, and registering to get the vaccine as soon as it is available for your phase. Through these actions, we can help our businesses open further, increase employment opportunities, and return to life as normal sooner, added Lawrence.”

Summit County continues to see outbreaks associated with events, gatherings at short-term rental units, parties and activities at various workplaces and venues. Officials caution that CDPHE reserves the right to move Summit County to a more restrictive level at any point should circumstances warrant more aggressive restrictions. CDPHE has not provided any timeline for such potential increases in restrictions, but it will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and respond accordingly.

To view the local public health order, including the mitigation measures for events, businesses, short-term lodging, restaurants and bars, visit: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Public-Health-Order-Closures-for-COVID19-18.

To view the state public health order, including detailed guidance on operation of restaurants and bars, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/prepare-protect-yourself/prevent-the-spread/public-health-executive-orders.

Information on Summit County case data and trends can be found on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Businesses that are not 5 Star certified are encouraged to apply via the application on the Summit County Government website.

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