Governor Polis Announces “Protect our Neighbors’ Phase – Loosening of Social and Business Restrictions


Under the next phase, which the Democratic governor calls “Protect our Neighbors,” individual counties will be able to make their own decisions to reopen businesses or social gatherings at the end of June or early July — if they have the adequate public health capabilities to respond to possible outbreaks.

New phase announced: Protect Our Neighbors (Draft)

You can read the draft framework and submit feedback by Thursday, June 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Protect Our Neighbors is the next phase after the Stay at Home and Safer at Home in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases. Protect Our Neighbors is expected to go into effect at the end of June or early July.   

Draft guidance for residential camps, indoor events, and outdoor events are open for public feedback until Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. 

Draft guidance for residential camps (Español) | Submit feedback

Draft guidance for indoor events (Español) | Submit feedback

Draft guidance for outdoor events (Español) | Submit feedback

The new guidelines are subject to public feedback and will be formalized by the end of this week, Polis said, and include allowing, with conditions resuming indoor/outdoor events or venues like conferences, fairs, concerts and museums. 

He also announced that residential summer camps can open with as many as 10 children in individual indoor settings and 25 outdoors. Bars can also open at 25% capacity or up to 50 people. “If we can empower our local public health agencies and partners to meet the needs of communities across Colorado, then we truly can rely on these tools to flatten the potential second wave,” he said.

Watch the full news conference on the Governor’s Facebook page HERE