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Governor Polis Adds New Level to State Dial, More Restaurant Restrictions November 17,2020

In a press conference on Tuesday, November 17, Governor Polis announced revisions to the state COVID-19 Dial due to worsening case numbers in Colorado. The Governor said that case counts are rising exponentially and there are more COVID-19 patients in the hospital today than at any other point in the pandemic.

The details of this change have now been posted online here (scroll down to find the new grid, which includes both Level Red: Severe Risk and Level Purple: Extreme Risk). Find additional information on these levels below.

Level Red - Severe Risk: (which the Governor estimates 10-15 Colorado counties will fall into in the next few days):

  • Indoor dining is prohibited.
  • Outdoor dining is permitted, limiting parties to one household and maintaining six feet of social distancing between tables at all times.
  • Take out and delivery will not be impacted.
  • Bars remain closed.
  • Last call is at 8 p.m. This includes dine-in and takeout sales. We believe delivery can continue until 2 a.m., but are verifying.
  • Indoor events are closed.
  • Outdoor unseated events are permitted at 25% capacity or 75 people (using calculator), attended only with members of your own household and 6 feet of spacing between groups.
  • Outdoor seated events are permitted at 25% or 75 people with 6 feet of distancing between parties, and attended only with members of your own household.
Level Purple - Stay at Home
  • Indoor and outdoor dining will be closed.
  • Takeout and delivery will not be impacted.
  • Bars will remain closed.
  • Indoor and outdoor events will be closed.
Safer at Home and Protect Our Neighbors Levels Green, Blue, Yellow and Orange will not change. You can see where counties currently fall on the dial dashboard here.

These new revisions go into effect Friday, November 20, 2020. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock confirmed that Denver will be one of the counties moving into the new level red, but did not indicate exactly when that would happen.

The Governor also emphasized that there should not be gatherings between people of different households, and these new restrictions are meant to signal that.

Additionally, the Governor has called for a special session to request that the State Legislature consider a stimulus package to support businesses, especially those severely impacted by capacity restrictions, like restaurants and bars. He is asking the Legislature specifically to take up direct aid and tax relief. We will be actively involved in the upcoming session, and will continue to advocate for this industry every day.


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