GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — The state officially moved Garfield County to Level Yellow on the COVID-19 Dial due to a surge in COVID cases with levels similar to July. The number of COVID cases and the cumulative incidence rate have increased over the past two weeks. Multiple days have had an incidence rate 15% over the Level Yellow threshold which is 100 cases or less per 100,000 people.
Garfield County Public Health is concerned about this increase and reminds everyone to get vaccinated, wear masks in public, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene, stay home when sick and get tested if symptoms occur. Public health is available to help partners and businesses that need rule clarification; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-625-5200, ext. 8101.
Changes from Level Blue to Level Yellow under Dial 3.0.
Overall, the rules from Level Blue to Level Yellow do not change much for most Garfield County businesses, as social distancing requirements still apply.
Offices, retail, and personal gatherings have no change from Level Blue to Level Yellow.
The Ninth Amended Public Health Order adjustments from Blue to Yellow are highlighted below:
Manufacturing Section II.C.2.d
Level Blue may operate at 75% capacity
In Level Yellow, 50% or 50 people, whichever is less in yellow
Restaurants Section II.C.2.h
Level Blue may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing
In Level Yellow, 50% or 150 per room. Outdoor dining can be at 100%
Outdoor Events Section II.C.2.l
Level Blue may operate in full, subject to local limits.
Level Yellow, 50% or 175 people. Masks are still currently required (Section III C.)
Recreation– gyms, rec centers, pools, and outdoor rec facilities Section II.C.2.m
Level Blue may operate at 100% with 6 feet distancing
Level Yellow, 50% capacity or 50 patrons, whichever is less. Masks are still required (Section III C.)
Outdoor Guided Activities Section II.C.2.o
Level Blue may operate in full, subject to local limits
Level Yellow 50% of full capacity or 10 people, whichever is less.
Bars Section II.C.2.s
Level Blue (bars that do not serve food) may operate at 25% not to exceed 75 people.
Level Yellow (bars that do not serve food) may not reopen and must offer carry out only.
5 Star Program update
The 5 Star committee is awaiting further clarification from the state on the future of both the statewide COVID-19 Dial and the 5 Star program. Primarily due to the county’s level on the COVID-19 State Dial, local businesses have opted not to participate in the Garfield County 5 Star program. Under Level Blue, the program didn’t offer much of a benefit. Though awaiting clarification, the program is active and information is available on the Garfield County 5 Star website.