Larimer, Boulder, Broomfield counties go to Level Blue COVID restrictions

As Colorado ceded statewide control over COVID restrictions to local health authorities last week, three of the four counties that form Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley have opted for the equivalent of Level Blue on the now-defunct statewide dial.

The health departments in Larimer, Boulder and Broomfield counties all issued public health guidelines that allow restaurants and gyms to operate at 100% capacity with customers six feet apart, and bars to reopen at 25% capacity or a maximum of 75 people. Last call for alcohol service is 2 a.m.

Retail shops, offices and non-essential manufacturing operations are allowed to restart at 75% capacity.

Outdoor gatherings now have unlimited capacities as long as six feet of social distance is enforced, while indoor gathering events are limited to 50% of the venue’s capacity or up to 175 people per room or no capacity restrictions if the event is seated and maintains that social distance.

The three counties all continue to require masks indoors, along with encouraging social distancing, reducing density whenever possible and avoiding going out into the public if experiencing symptoms of illness.

Weld County refused to follow statewide orders as far back as last April, allowing private businesses to run at their discretion while encouraging business owners to practice personal responsibility against unnecessary spread of the virus.

The city of Greeley opted to follow the state dial for facilities it owns and operates, and plans to reopen or expand some of its offices for in-person services on June 3.

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