Denver Will Move to Level Yellow on COVID-19 Dial

Published on February 05, 2021

Denver – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will move Denver to Level Yellow on the State’s COVID-19 dial effective at 9 a.m. Saturday. The move comes with increased capacity limits at many local businesses.    
Level Yellow capacity limits include: 
• 50 percent or 50 people (or up to 150 people within their usable space calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator), indoors at restaurants 
• 50 percent or 50 people, whichever is fewer, at gyms and fitness businesses 
• 11 p.m. on-premises last call for alcohol service 
• 50 percent capacity at offices (remote work is still encouraged) 
• 50 percent capacity for retail businesses 
• Eligibility for outdoor site-specific variances  
Click here for Level Yellow capacity limits 
Mayor Michael B. Hancock thanked Denver residents for doing their part to follow public health guidelines and reduce the city’s case rates.  
“I want to congratulate the people of Denver for their tremendous and tireless efforts to help us reduce the spread of the virus in our community and get us one step closer to putting this pandemic in the rear-view mirror,” Mayor Hancock said. “You are not only saving lives, you are also helping our city transition from rescue to recovery. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’re getting closer to the end. Keep up the great work by continuing to wear masks, social distancing and avoiding large groups because it’s more important than ever.” 
Per State order, in Level Yellow counties such as Denver, businesses that are 5 Star-certified must continue to operate at Yellow capacity levels until 70 percent of people ages 70 and over have been vaccinated statewide. The State estimates this will occur by the end of February. Once it does, 5 Star businesses will be able to increase capacities to Blue levels. 
5 Star businesses have gone the extra mile to keep their customers and employees safe and will be the first to operate under Level Blue when the vaccination goal is achieved. These businesses will also be able to maintain Level Yellow capacity limits should Denver be moved back to Level Orange.  
For more information on Denver’s response to COVID-19, visit