Public Health Orders

Updated Public Health Order

Last updated: July 1, 2021  

The City and County of Denver today announced it has issued a new Public Health Order updating COVID-19 guidelines. The newly adopted requirements will be in effect July 1 through July 31, following the Order issued by the State yesterday.

The public health and face covering orders take effect Thursday, July 1.

The public health order contains the following guidance:

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer required in Denver in any setting for children between the ages of three and 11. Per the state Order, face coverings are no longer required for unvaccinated people 12 and older in schools or Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle offices. Face coverings are still required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff, residents, and visitors in jails, homeless shelters, and emergency medical and other healthcare settings.

Separately, a federal requirement for face coverings on public transportation, including public transit networks, airplanes, buses, trains, taxis, Ubers and Lyfts continues, as does a State requirement for face coverings in public-facing court settings.

Businesses in Denver:

  • There will be no capacity limits in offices, retail businesses, restaurants, personal services, or bars.
  • Restaurants will have no limit on party size.
  • Gyms, recreation centers, and pools can continue to operate at full capacity and will no longer have distancing requirements. 

With the removal of the capacity and social distancing requirements for businesses, the Denver 5 Star program will be suspended, and applications will no longer be accepted. Should restrictions be re-imposed in the future, the program may resume.

Events in Denver:

All indoor and outdoor events can now operate at full capacity with no restrictions.

Unvaccinated Denverites are still strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in indoor public settings, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations are free and readily available to anyone, with or without insurance. People who are fully vaccinated are highly protected against COVID-19 including the variants. 

Read the latest press release on the current Public Health Order

Read the Colorado State Public Health and Executive Orders

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