The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released draft proposed guidelines for restaurants and needs input by Friday, May 22.

Comments can be submitted using this online form.

When finalized, these guidelines will be used when it is safe to start easing COVID-19 related safety restrictions for restaurants.

On May 25, the state will decide if restaurants can begin reopening and at what level. CDPHE’s announcement emphasizes this date “does not reflect when restaurants may or may not open.”

“Colorado is still in the Safer at Home phase of this pandemic and the state continues to encourage everyone to stay at home as much as possible,” the announcement states.

Critical businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions. Guidance for businesses that can operate is available at

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As Colorado continues safer at home, these are the criteria the state is considering when deciding what can be reopened safely:

  • What level of suppression of the virus has been achieved?
  • What is the ability to do testing and containment?
  • Will this decision put vulnerable populations at significantly greater risk?
  • Does the health care system have the capacity to handle a surge?
  • What’s the level of risk vs. societal/economic/psychological reward?
  • Is the policy sustainable?

On May 11, Governor Jared Polis gave an update for when decisions could be made on whether Colorado can begin to reopen other industries or loosen restrictions.

“These dates do not reflect when an industry may or may not open,” the announcement stressed, “only when the state will have more data to inform a decision around when they may be able to open and at what level.”

May 25: The state will decide whether ski resorts can be open for Spring skiing. Resorts will only open if the host county wants them open.

May 25: The state will decide if restaurants can begin reopening and at what level.

May 25: The state will decide if summer residential and day camps can open in June, and if so, under what conditions.

After June 1: The state will decide if the safer at home order can be further modified to phase in other things like summer activities and public spaces like libraries. Polis will make these decisions “on a rolling basis, based on the latest data and evidence.”

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