Denver Issues New COVID-19 Public Health Order

Published on June 01, 2021

Updates to venue capacity limits, mask requirements and non-congregate sheltering

The City and County of Denver today issued a new Public Health Order that updates guidelines for face coverings and capacity limits for large indoor events. Denver’s new requirements will be in effect through July 1 and follow an updated order issued by the State yesterday.

New provisions include:

  • Masks continue to be required for people age 3 and older in Denver who are not fully vaccinated in settings such as hospitals, schools, childcare centers, summer camps, jails, prisons and Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle offices.
  • If a county’s hospitals exceed 85% capacity, the State may re-impose restrictions in that county.
  • Large outdoor events and venues – including Empower Field, Coors Field and Red Rocks – no longer need approval from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) to increase capacity or alter distancing or masking requirements. These venues now have no capacity limits, distancing requirements or other restrictions.
  • Indoor events of up to 2000 people no longer need prior approval from either the City or the State.
  • Indoor events of greater than 2,000 per room require prior approval from DDPHE.

The following exceptions for mask requirements are in place for certain circumstances:

  • People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise living with a disability where fully observing facial expressions is essential to communication
  • Individuals who must temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes.
  • Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role, such as law enforcement, firefighters or emergency medical personnel.
  • Individuals participating or officiating in a life rite or religious service where the temporary removal is necessary to complete the service.

Separately, a federal requirement for face coverings on public transportation, including public transit networks, airplanes, buses, trains, taxis, Ubers and Lyfts continues, as does a State requirement for face coverings in public-facing court settings

For those who are unvaccinated, public health experts still recommend wearing a face-covering in indoor public settings, socially distancing and avoiding large crowds. Read more comprehensive mask-wearing guidance from the State.

“Vaccination is still the best measure to prevent serious illness and death with COIVD-19,” said DDPHE Executive Director Bob McDonald “As we continue to see some new cases of severe illness, it only serves as a reminder that these tragic outcomes are nearly all preventable now. I urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Pre-registration or appointments are not required and vaccines are free to everyone.”

For more information on how and where to get vaccinated, visit our vaccination page.

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s nationally accredited public health agency, empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The divisions of DDPHE are: Administration, Animal Protection, Community & Behavioral Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Investigations. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver.
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