Recent Statewide Dial Changes November 10,2020
Over the last week, many counties in Colorado have moved backward on the COVID-19 Dial or instituted local public health orders that impact restaurants. As a reminder, here are the restrictions that apply to restaurants for each level of the COVID-19 Safer at Home Dial:
- Safer at Home Level 1 (Blue) – 50% of capacity or 175 people per room indoors, whichever is less. Last call for alcohol time of midnight.
- Safer at Home Level 2 (Yellow) - 50% of capacity or 50 people per room indoors, whichever is less. Last call for alcohol time of 11pm.
- Safer at Home Level 3 (Orange) – 25% of capacity or 50 people per room indoors, whichever is less. Last call for alcohol time of 10pm.
The following counties have recently moved to Safer at Home Level Orange:
Counties entering Safer at Home Level Orange (all effective Friday, November 13) are:
- Clear Creek
- Summit - Summit County has also prohibited all public and private gatherings between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Also, restaurants and bars must close for on-site consumption and occupancy by 9:30 p.m. daily. This applies to both outside dining and indoor dining. Additionally, restaurants must limit party size to 6 people or fewer and a maximum of 2 households per party.
- El Paso
- La Plata
The following counties have recently moved to Safer at Home Level Yellow:
In addition to these moves on the COVID-19 Dial, some county health departments either have or will be implementing local public health orders that are more restrictive than their current COVID-19 Dial levels.Additional Restrictions in Adams County:
The Tri-County Health Department has issued a new public health order for Adams county, implementing a 10 p.m. curfew and limiting parties in a restaurant to no more than 6 people, from no more than 2 households. All alcohol beverage sales, service, and consumption must cease at 10 pm. In this public health order, restaurant employees are still able to travel to and from work and restaurants can still offer curbside and delivery options for food after 10 p.m. Restaurants are also encouraged to place a time limit on diners in order to maximize table turnover during hours of operation. This order is effective starting on Saturday, November 7, and will be in place for 30 days.
Additional Restrictions in Denver County:
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock held a press conference during which he reviewed the Denver “Home by 10 p.m.” public health order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Under this new order, individuals are ordered to be home by 10 p.m. each day and stay at their place of residence between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. During the “Home by 10” hours, individuals are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being otherwise present on any public street or in any public place. Under this new order, restaurants must be closed to in-person dining at 10 p.m., but may provide food only through curbside, drive-thru, and delivery services after 10 p.m. Please note: if you have guests that are finishing their meals at 10 p.m., you are not required to kick them out. But the industry is strongly encouraged to use discretion and implement these new policies to the greatest extent possible. Consider that guests must be home by 10 p.m. to be in compliance with the new order and manage your reservations and seating times accordingly.
Restaurant and bar employees may commute directly to and from work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. as applicable under this order. Bars may only allow on-premises consumption of alcohol via seated table service and must provide food from a licensed retail food establishment. Food offerings must include a full menu and not just snacks or microwaved snack items. If partnering with another retail food establishment (such as a food truck or neighboring restaurant), the licensed food establishment must be immediately adjacent to the bar’s licensed premise. All other bars must remain closed for in-person service. Groups in all eating and drinking establishments are limited to six people from no more than two households. Please note: you are not required to ID groups or ask them their living situations at the door. But you must do whatever you can to enforce the new orders within your business. This can include, but is not limited to, posting signs on your door and posting information to your reservation system, social media, and website. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to place a time limit on diners in order to maximize table turnover during hours of operation.
Bob McDonald from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment stressed the importance of this new order. Although the City has said it will do anything it can to avoid a full shutdown, the cases in Denver continue to steadily increase, and Denver must see a positive case trend from these new orders to avoid further action. You can read the full order here and view FAQs here. Additional restrictions in Pueblo:
The City of Pueblo has issued a curfew that is in effect nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., effective, October 30 at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on November 13. During the hours of the curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being present on any public street or in any public space, including for the purpose of travel. Employees traveling to and from work in a restaurant are exempt. Also, food delivery from a restaurant is allowed and customers are allowed to finish their meals and leave after 10 p.m. Again, restaurants should use discretion when it comes to allowing their customers to finish their meal after 10 p.m.