JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Some bars will have to close and restaurants and gyms will have to operate at 50% capacity again as of Friday due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and admissions in Jefferson County.
“Unfortunately, we are sliding in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, chief executive of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), in a press release sent to Denver7 on Wednesday.
The county reported 142.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the period from March 31 to April 6, which exceeds the measurements for level blue (1
Comstock said most new cases are among adults between the ages of 20 and 39, adding that the majority of county outbreaks were reported within schools and non-regulated businesses, such as offices and retail.
“Other factors contributing to the increase in prevalence in society include markedly reduced social distancing as well as circulation of virus variants,” Comstock said in a press release.
The announcement of the county moving to a more restrictive level on the color-coded dial comes a day after Jefferson County changed its public health order on masks and no longer required them in outdoor spaces, but still mandated indoor public settings.
Under level yellow, the following restrictions will take effect from Friday, April 9 at.
- Restaurants are limited to 50% of the stated occupancy limit and may not exceed 150 people per restaurant. Room. Last call is at
- Bars must be closed unless they serve food.
- Indoor events are limited to 50% of the stated occupancy limit and may not exceed 150 people per. Room within usable space. Usable space for seated events and seated events with less than 50 people is calculated using 6 feet distance between non-household switches. For unusual events with more than 50 people, usable area must be calculated using Distancing Space Calculator.
- Outdoor events are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit and may not exceed 175 people within the usable space per. Specified area calculated using Distancing Space Calculator. If the event is sitting, usable area should be calculated using 6 feet distance between non-household members.
- Leisure time, including gyms, reccentre and pools, is limited to 50% capacity and may not exceed 50 people per. Indoor room or outdoor activity area. Businesses larger than 7,200 square feet can use the Distancing Space Calculator to expand to 100 patrons per square foot. Room within their usable space.
- Organized sports are limited to 25 players excluding coaches, referees and referees.
- Outdoor guided activities are limited to 50% capacity and may not exceed 10 people.
- Youth camps are limited to 10 participants indoors and 25 participants outdoors.
- Companies certified for the five-star certification program in Jefferson County can operate below Living Blue limits.
“None of us want to go backwards on the clock after all the hard work we’ve put in and the sacrifices we’ve made,” Comstock said. “It is important that we take the necessary steps now to reverse this trend so that we have the opportunity to celebrate the things and people we love and enjoy. We missed many of these special occasions last year, but if we work hard now, that need not be the case in 2021. ”
Comstock continued to encourage residents to wear masks, keep a good social distance of 6 feet from others, and avoid gatherings.
At least two other Colorado counties moved to more restrictive levels on the dial this week: Summit County moved to level Orange on Wednesday and Pueblo County moved to level yellow on Tuesday due to new peaks in COVID-19 cases.