New COVID-19 guidance released by Colorado health department

Though Colorado is working toward its Protect our Neighbors phase of reopening from COVID-19 shutdowns, the state currently remains in the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phase, which went into effect June 1. The current phase was, however, amended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on June 18.

Updates were made after CDPHE sought feedback from the public and stakeholders. Among the updates is guidance for residential camps, indoor and outdoor events, bars and restaurants, higher education, personal services, and manufacturing.

Residential camps now allow groups of 25 or fewer campers outdoors and 10 or fewer campers indoors. Designated camp groups must not mix with other groups, and camps must train staff about COVID-19 precautions and be able to isolate sick staff or campers.

Guidance for indoor and outdoor events includes limiting capacity based on the square footage of the event space, implementing single-direction traffic and social distancing at entrances and exits, and booth layouts that promote social distancing.

While the Phillips County variance allowed for bars to reopen with limitations alongside restaurants, this update allows bars to reopen with restrictions statewide.

Within institutes of higher education, continued remote learning is encouraged. The update does, however, allow them to reopen at 50% capacity per room, up to 50 people.

As for personal services, new guidance allows for services that necessitate the removal of the customer’s mask or face covering, such as facials and beard trims, as long as the provider takes extra precautions.

Manufacturing guidances in the update allows manufacturing to resume at 50% capacity per room or up to 50 people, whichever is fewer.

Though there have been many changes to guidelines, Coloradans are reminded to wear masks, stay 6 feet away from others, wash hands often and stay home if sick.

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