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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Guidance for businesses under the Level Red COVID dial

Red Level Status Dial

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will move Boulder County to Level Red: Severe Risk on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5pm. Level Red: Severe Risk is a more restrictive level on the State’s revised COVID-19 Dial, which was released alongside the latest COVID-19 Dial Public Health Order. Under Level Red: Severe Risk, all personal gatherings are prohibited and at-risk populations are recommended to stay at home. 

What does Level Red: Severe Risk mean for businesses? 

  • Retailers will need to limit their capacity to 50%  
  • Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged. 
  • No indoor dining. Curbside, takeout, and delivery services are permitted. 
  • Outdoor dining is limited to one household per table. All on-premises alcohol sales must end at 8 PM. 
  • Gyms can operate at 10% capacity or allow up to 10 people per room. Reservations are required. They can also operate outdoors in groups of up to 10 people. 
  • Offices can operate at 10% capacity, but remote work is strongly encouraged. 
  • Indoor unseated and seated events/entertainment are closed. 
  • Outdoor unseated and seated events limited to 25% or 75 people (per spacing calculator), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft between groups. 
  • Outdoor guided services and entertainment can operate at 25% capacity or 10 people (whichever is fewer).

View the full capacity restrictions for each level and guidance for businesses


The City has created posters for certain industries. Links below are for businesses to print and post.

For more information:  Boulder County Call Center 720.776.0822 • Colorado Department of Public Health, 303.389.1687 or 1.877.462.2911, or cohelp@rmpdc.org  • lafayetteco.gov/COVID-19


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