You no longer need to be 6 feet apart while indoors.
At midnight on Sunday, Denver reached Level Clear, which meant businesses like restaurants, gyms, bars, salons, and retail stores can now operate at 100% capacity. This means without distancing like they were supposed to do whilst under the 5 star state certification program. For business owners, this is good news!
Several #Denver area counties are now in “Level Clear” on the #COVID19 dial. It lets businesses operate at 100% capacity, aside from the state’s indoor mask mandate. Denver, Jefferson, Broomfield, Boulder, Adams & Arapahoe included. More on #CBS4Mornings. https://t.co/LB280EYSH2 pic.twitter.com/kOI4HCtgYX
— Mekialaya White (@Mekialaya) May 17, 2021
Restaurants will no longer have to limit parties to 6 or 10 or maintain 6 feet between tables. Some restaurants are choosing to g big for upcoming holidays, like Memorial Day. And some are allowing the no-mask mandate inside the restaurant (as long as their own staff is fully vaccinated.)
The no-mask mandate pairs with the new CDC guidelines that state fully vaccinated people will not have to wear a mask except in places like homeless shelters, day cares, nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons. But privately owned businesses can also keep the mask mandate in place if they choose.
In a press release, Mayor Michael B. Hancock gave a statement saying, “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Denver’s residents, our recovery continues to gain momentum. The number of people getting vaccinated is going up every day and our case rates are steadily declining. It’s time to say goodbye to capacity limits and distancing requirements, and for those of us who are fully vaccinated, time to remove our masks in most circumstances.”
There are a few situations that still require limitations. For example, indoor events of more than 500 people must still get approval from Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
We will likely see a lot of events and holidays ramping up the festivities as summer is just around the corner. Stay tuned for all of the latest coming to the Mile High City this summer.
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