Public Health Orders

Updated Public Health Order

Last updated: June 1, 2021  

"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. 

The public health and face covering orders take effect Tuesday, June 1.


The public health order contains the following guidance:

Face coverings

The Denver face covering order will be revised to align with the State’s new face covering order. Face coverings will not be required except in settings such as hospitals, childcare centers, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and prisons. This rule will apply to children age 3 and older in Denver. Some private businesses, including grocery stores, large retailers and coffee shops, may also choose to continue requiring face coverings.

Businesses in Denver:

  • There will be no capacity limits in offices, retail businesses, restaurants, personal services, or bars.
  • Restaurants will have no limit on party size.
  • Gyms, recreation centers, and pools can continue to operate at full capacity and will no longer have distancing requirements. 

With the removal of the capacity and social distancing requirements for businesses, the Denver 5 Star program will be suspended, and applications will no longer be accepted. Should restrictions be re-imposed in the future, the program may resume.

Events in Denver:

  • Indoor: Indoor: Indoor events of more than 2000 people must get approval from Denver's Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE)
  • Outdoor: Large outdoor events now have no capacity limits, distancing requirements or other restrictions

Read the latest press release on the current Public Health Order

Read the Colorado State Public Health and Executive Orders