Tri-County Health Department issues an Emergency Public Health Order to help suppress the virus

In response to recent increases in COVID-19 case rates and related data, the Tri-County Health Department, in coordination with Arapahoe County and its 13 municipalities, is implementing new measures designed to slow case increases in Arapahoe County.

“This emergency public health order is an attempt to lower the increasing cases of COVID-19 in order to protect the health of our community and avoid the need for further reductions in community activities such as businesses, schools, and houses of worship in Arapahoe County,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department.

The Emergency Public Health Order [PDF], which goes into effect at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, requires the following changes for Arapahoe County residents and businesses:

  • All alcohol sales at restaurants and bars within the County will end at 11 p.m. instead of midnight;
  • Personal gatherings (such as groupings of families, friends and neighbors) are restricted to 10 people or fewer, instead of the 25-person limit;
  • Nonessential, office-based businesses are encouraged to increase telecommuting within office-based environments.

The order is slated to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, unless otherwise extended.

The County currently sits at Safer at Home Level 1. A retreat to Level 2 would trigger a range of new restrictions, including tighter capacity limits on offices, businesses, restaurants and houses of worship; group sports, gyms and bars; and even on certain outdoor activities.

“Our business community has been working diligently to implement safety protocols for customers and employees alike in order to survive this unprecedented pandemic,” said Arapahoe County Board Chair Pro Tem Bill Holen. “These targeted restrictions are an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus and not go backwards on capacity limits that could have a devastating impact on our regional economy.”

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