GOLDEN, Colo. – With the state handing over the authority of COVID-19 to local governments this week, Jefferson County Public Health issued a public health order on Tuesday that will move the county to a full reopening from Friday.
From Friday to May 15, the province will operate under “Level Blue” capacity levels, and there will be no changes to that status during that 30-day period.
Level Blue provides 100% capacity in restaurants (still maintaining social distance) and gyms and 50%, or 500 people, for indoor events. The last call for alcohol is 2am under Level Blue, and all classes in schools would be personal.
Beginning May 16, Jefferson County plans to move to a new electoral level known as “Level Clear,” which has no COVID-19 restrictions. The only protocol that could still apply would be an indoor mask requirement. The May 16-August 15 phase would be an observation period where Jefferson County monitors hospital admissions more than the number of cases and positivity.
“We have worked very closely in recent weeks with other local public health leaders in the Denver Metro Area, which comprises about 60% of the state population, as well as with provincial leaders to determine how best to move forward,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director of JCPH. “We are confident that this short-phased approach will enable our community to regain control of our recent increase in COVID-19 transmission, as we race to vaccinate as many people as possible quickly and prevent another wave of is caused by more contagious variants. . At the same time, our local companies can plan better for the near future. “
The Jefferson County Plan is similar to a plan prepared by the Tri-County Health Department, which includes Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties. Those counties will also move to Level Blue before moving to Level Clear in May.
Boulder County is also likely to move to Level Blue on Friday, if the number of cases there does not exceed 300 per 100,000 people and the positivity rates remain below 7.5%. The current number of Boulder cases is 150.4 per 100,000 people, and the positivity rate is 5%.