Boulder County COVID-19 status is at Level Yellow. Vaccine locations and info are available in English and Spanish.

Public Health Requirements for COVID-19
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Public Health Requirements for COVID-19

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Boulder County: Level Yellow: Concern

Summary of Requirements

  • Indoor and outdoor personal gatherings: up to 10 people from a maximum of two separate households
  • Critical and non-critical retail: 50% of posted occupancy
  • Higher education: In-person, hybrid or remote as appropriate
  • Indoor seated events: 50% posted occupancy or 100 people
  • Indoor dining: 50% posted occupancy not to exceed 50, or 150 using space calculator
  • Outdoor dining: tables 6 feet apart
  • Indoor gyms/fitness: 50% capacity not to exceed 50 people

High risk conditions, as defined by CDPHE, for those who may become infected with COVID-19:

  • Cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Down syndrome
  • Specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease)
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 30kg/m^2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Solid organ transplant
  • People with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks

Learn more about the different COVID-19 Risk Levels in Colorado.

Cleaning, Illness & Outbreaks

If you have seen increasing employee illness, and are concerned you may have a COVID-19 outbreak at your business or organization, please contact the Boulder County Epidemiology team at:

Rights & Responsibilities in the Workplace

Legal Resources for Those with COVID-19

Boulder County Public Health cannot provide legal advice and does not endorse any attorney or law firm. Boulder County Public Health is not responsible for the availability of outside resources, nor does Boulder County Public Health endorse, nor is it responsible for, any of the products or services delivered by any outside agency.

5 Star Program

This is a voluntary program that encourages businesses to take steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and be able to accelerate reopening and be eligible for less restrictive capacity limits. For the program to be implemented, a county must have:

  • A two-week incidence in the appropriate dial level for all of the past 7 days
  • A two-week percent positivity in the appropriate dial level for all of the past 7 days
  • Under 90% of regional ICU beds in use, and days of stable or declining hospitalizations in the past two weeks in the appropriate dial level

The Boulder Chamber and and Longmont Economic Development Partnership are in the process of applying for the 5 Star Business Certification Program for Boulder County businesses through the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

Once the BOCO 5 Star program is in place, Boulder County businesses will be able to apply for Business Certification and schedule the required on-site inspection after application review.

This program encourages businesses to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines that will help slow the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, certified businesses will be able to accelerate their reopening. The 5 Star certification reassures employees and customers that businesses are adhering to enhanced guidance.

Child Care & Camps


Definition of Household

  • For single-family houses, apartments, or other similar housing, a household consists of the members of that house/unit. (Note that some units are subject to occupancy limits under local or state laws.)
  • For dormitories or other congregate housing (e.g. sororities and fraternities), a household consists of the person who lives in the room and any person with whom they share a room in which they both sleep (i.e. roommate.)
    • A dormitory, sorority, or fraternity, therefore, may consist of many, separate households.
    • In these situations, residents should wear masks when in common areas with members of other households.


Currently, residential care facilities may offer visitation under compassionate circumstances, such as end-of-life situations, and in outdoor environments. There are other circumstances under which indoor visitation must be accommodated, such as to provide support for residents with disabilities and/or for religious exercise, and for long-term care ombudsman and adult protective services.

New state guidance expands visitation opportunities and outlines the requirements for indoor visitation in residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities. Facilities should continue to encourage visits outdoors if weather permits and the resident is able to participate.

  • Facilities must be in compliance with all public health orders prior to implementing this guidance.
  • Residential care providers must routinely evaluate and update their visitation policies and procedures as updated guidance, facility resources, and community spread change.
  • Individual facilities may enact stricter requirements based on their local conditions, but may not waive any of these requirements.

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