Jun 17, 2020
DOTI approves first street closures to allow more physical distancing space for restaurants along Larimer Square and Glenarm Place
DENVER – The City and County of Denver’s latest variance request to portions of the Safer at Home Order has been approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) today has also approved the first street closures along Larimer Street and Glenarm Place so that restaurants can provide more physical distancing space for returning customers.
The city’s variance request to CDPHE included museums and Four Mile Park, restaurants, the Cherry Creek Mall, gyms, recreation centers, indoor pools and horse competitions at the National Western Complex. The requests were approved by CDPHE with some amendments. CDPHE has deemed that variance locations should not exceed more than 50 people gathered in a room or “confined indoor space” at any given time, and not exceed 125 people in an outdoor space.
The approved variances for the City and County of Denver include:
The variances were approved by CDPHE based on the city’s current prevalence of COVID-19. The city also needed to demonstrate that it has a strong public health surveillance system, sufficient hospital capacity, and appropriate thresholds for rolling back the variance if conditions worsen.
CDPHE’s approval to the city’s variances takes effect immediately.
Denver hit two other milestones today in the unprecedented effort to help food establishments safely serve more customers as the phased re-opening of the city continues. Eighty-five food establishments have now been approved to participate in the Temporary Outdoor Patio Expansion Program.
The first street closures have also been approved for Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets in Larimer Square and on Glenarm Place between 15th and 17th streets in the Denver Pavilions. The street closures will allow multiple establishments to expand their outdoor service area into the roadway. Businesses interested in temporarily expanding their outdoor serving area, including moving into sidewalks or streets, can apply at this website.
For up-to-date information on the city’s recovery and relief plan and actions, visit Denvergov. org/Covid19.