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

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Boulder County: Level Orange: High Risk

Summary of Requirements

  • Indoor and outdoor personal gatherings: up to 10 people from a maximum of two separate households with face coverings indoors plus social distance of 6 feet
  • Non-critical business: 25% of posted occupancy with face coverings indoors plus social distance of 6 feet
  • Higher education: 25% posted occupancy not to exceed 50 people per room excluding staff with face coverings indoors and social distance of 6 feet
  • Field services and indoor events: 25% posted occupancy not to exceed 50 people excluding staff with face coverings indoors and social distance of 6 feet
  • Indoor dining: 25% posted occupancy not to exceed 50 per room with face coverings and social distance of 6 feet
  • Outdoor dining: tables 6 feet apart up to 10 people with face coverings and social distance of 6 feet
  • Indoor gyms/recreation/pools: 25% capacity not to exceed 50 people with face coverings indoors and social distance of 6 feet
  • Smoking lounges: 25% occupancy not to exceed 10 people per room with face coverings indoors and social distance of 6 feet

The order defines individuals at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to include individuals who:

  • are 65 years and older
  • have cancer
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • are immunocompromised (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • have a body mass index of 30 or higher
  • have serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • have Sickle cell disease
  • have Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • who are pregnant
  • smoke
  • are determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider

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

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:

  • Two week sustained decline in cases
  • A positivity percentage lower than 10% or demonstrably improving over the past two weeks
  • Fewer than 90% of ICU beds in use
  • Steady or declining regional hospitalizations

Because public health agencies are being asked to achieve demanding and historic objectives with a high burden of contact tracing and disease control, and to distribute vaccine at a level never before required in such a short amount of time, the program will not be administered or coordinated by Boulder County Public Health. If the Boulder County community chooses to move forward with the program, Boulder County Public Health will participate as a member of the administrative committee, but another entity would need to organize and be responsible for the program.

Currently, Boulder County Public Health is working with the Boulder Chamber and other economic vitality organizations throughout the county to determine how best to coordinate establishing an administrative committee that could determine how best to implement the program in Boulder County.

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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