Gov. Polis Updated Reopening Guidelines for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping


Monday, May 27, 2020, Gov. Jared Polis issued updated reopening guidance in his extended ‘Safer-At-Home’ order to allow for the opening of restaurants, summer camps, and private camping and skiing.


Restaurants – Read the full state Guidance for Restaurants HERE

Some of the restaurant guidelines include:

  • Restaurants allowed at 50% capacity or 50 people dining indoors, whichever is fewer
  • Outdoor seating would need to maintain a minimum of 6 feet between tables
  • Parties would need to be limited to eight people or less – inside and out
  • No communal seating, no self-service, buffets or seat yourself options
  • Employees must wear face masks and request customers to wear when not eating or drinking (e.g. walking to restrooms or past tables when getting delivery orders)

Restaurants also would be encouraged to provide contactless payment options, as well as using disposable, single-use menus, menu boards, or online menus that can be accessed by customers on a mobile device.

Food trucks, licensed to serve food are allowed, however, bars and like establishments that do not serve food remain closed and will be evaluated in June.

Summer Camps– Read the full state Guidance for Day and Youth Sports Camps HERE

Summer day camps and youth sports camps can open on June 1, 2020.

Some of the camp guidelines include:

  • Maximum group size of 25 and fewer outdoors and 10 or fewer indoors per room
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet and group size requirements apply to all camp activities including transportation, eating, and recreational activities
  • Stagger drop-off and pickup times to avoid large groups and allow for screening
  • Stagger meal times and prohibit self-serve foods, including buffet and family-style meal service
  • Establishment of protocols for responding and reporting cases to healthcare staff, local public health authorities and CDPHE.

Children’s residential camps that choose to operate as day camps must work with the Colorado Department of Human Services and their local public health agency (LPHA) for approval

Residential overnight camps are prohibited in June, and decisions for July and August will be made in mid-June.

Private camping and Spring Skiing

Effective May 25, 2020 private campsites were allowed to reopen. Ski resorts can open for spring skiing and must work to secure approval from their local authorities in order to open. It was announced that Arapahoe Basin will open on May 27 with 600 skiers per day and physical distancing requirements are in play.  A-basin will have only three lifts open with a limited number of lift tickets being sold – 30 per day –mainly for pass holders. The mountain will be open every day from 8:30 am-3 pm by reservation only to ski or snowboard. Check online to see if your favorite resort is open!

You can read the FAQs for the state Safety Guidelines for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping HERE