Arapahoe County Moves to ‘Safer at Home’ Level Red on Friday 11/20

11/20 UPDATE – Retail and Critical Retail Capacity Limits
On November 20, 2020, CDPHE updated this provision throughout Second Amended Public Health Order 20-36 to read as follows: “Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions may continue to operate without capacity limitations, except that Critical Retail must adhere to 50% of the posted occupancy limit…

In response to this new provision, and with increased shopping at the holidays, please be reminded that all retailers, including Critical Retailers, must limit the number of customers in their retail establishment to no more than 50% of the facility’s fire code occupancy. Please use staff or technology at all entrances and exits to ensure strict adherence to this capacity limit and implement 6-foot distancing measures outdoors where lines may form. In an effort to decrease the number of individuals shopping in-person, please offer and encourage increased use of curbside pickup, delivery and/or reservations.

In addition to the 50% occupancy limit, all Critical Retailers must adhere to all guidance for retailers unless doing so would make it impossible to carry out a critical function. This includes appointing a COVID-19 coordinator to monitor for staff and public compliance, implementing dedicated service hours for older adults and at risk individuals and increasing the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (carts, baskets, etc.).

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Tri-County Health Department’s Business Re-opening Task Force at

The Task Force also hosts a weekly webinar on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. The next webinar will be held this Friday, November 27, 2020 and you can register here.

Arapahoe County, along with 14 other counties, will move to ‘Safer at Home’ – the second-highest level of the state’s newly adjusted restrictions.  The new dial has a major impact on certain areas, like gatherings, schools, gyms, and restaurants adding further stress to businesses already struggling to survive.


-Indoor dining is closed, however, outdoor dining is allowed and food can be served as long as the restaurant wants to serve food (stay open all night if you would like!) – Last call for alcohol for outdoor dining is 8 pm.

-Curbside pickup has no cut-off for curbside/to-go food – Food can be ordered and picked up as long as the restaurant would like to serve food. Last call for alcohol for curbside/to-go is 10 pm.

-Indoor bathrooms CAN be used by customers and people are allowed to come inside (with a mask) to pick up to-go food.

The state health department released the list of counties affected by the new restrictions hours after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis held a news conference. Capacity restrictions at each level can be viewed here.

On Nov. 17, citing a continued rise in COVID case rates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is moving Arapahoe County to Level Red – Severe Risk – Safer at Home on the state’s COVID dial dashboard. The agency also has changed the color-coding on the state dashboard to purple for Stay at Home, which is the most restrictive category. These changes take effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.  Read the full press release.