NEW! City and County of Denver issues "Adoption of Level Red-Severe Risk" Public Order
The City and County of Denver has enacted the "Adoption of Level Red-Severe Risk" Public Health Order. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, November 20, the State is requiring Denver to adopt greater restrictions pursuant to the amended Colorado Public Health Order. All public and private gatherings of people who are not members of a single household are prohibited except for limited purposes.
Find relevant links, FAQs, and additional resources on our Public Orders page.
As of July 1, 2020
The City & County of Denver’s public health and business opening guidelines are aligned with the State of Colorado’s Safer at Home Executive Order and Public Health Order except where indicated*.
Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and limited non-critical businesses are operating with strict precautions in place.
What else can employers and business owners voluntarily do to promote our shared recovery?
The city will operate on a complaint-based system and on information gathered during site visits. The public should alert the city to non-compliant business practices by calling 3-1-1.
A face covering is not required under the following circumstances:
In response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Hancock is establishing a Denver Economic Relief and Recovery Council (ERRC). The ERRC will assist in the relief and recovery of Denver's economy by coordinating public and private efforts to assist businesses, nonprofits, employers and workers affected by public health actions taken to prevent community spread of the virus.
The ERRC will serve as an advisory group and will provide strategic recommendations to the Mayor and the city’s executive leadership on how to mitigate and prevent further negative economic impacts of COVID-19, as well as accelerate recovery and future growth for Denver’s economy, businesses and workers. This work will include:
As of October 27, 2020 the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has moved the City and County of Denver to the more restrictive Safer at Home Dial Level 3.
With the move to Safer at Home Level 3, Denver is now under more strict, state mandated, restrictions. As a result, Denver cannot accept variance requests at this time. We encourage you to review the state’s website and to monitor this page for updates.
The City and County of Denver is creating a temporary program to allow restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses. The intent of the program is to allow for greater physical distancing and safety for patrons when the state’s public health orders allow restaurants and bars to resume sit-down service. While final rules and regulations are still in development, proposals could include expansion into designated outdoor areas such as adjacent parking lots, streets and sidewalks.
FIRST STEP: Review the Office of Special Events' Tips for Outdoor Events and Assemblies document which answers many common questions on holding events during the COVID pandemic.
OSE COVID-19 Prevention Tips Documents:
Face Covering Required Signs:
Employee Health Screening Form (PDF)
COVID-19 Disinfectants (PDF)
Be a COVID-19 Friendly Diner Poster (8.5x14 - PDF)
Denver’s Temporary Outdoor Expansion Program for Restaurants and Bars (PDF)
Denver Retail Food Establishments Guidance (PDF)
Restaurant Guidance to Sell Raw and Bulk Items (PDF)
One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. CO Exposure Notifications is a free and voluntary service developed in partnership with Google and Apple that can notify users of possible exposure to COVID-19.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s local public health department, is coordinating with local, state, and federal agencies as well as other local partners to provide accurate information about COVID-19. We are continually augmenting the City of Denver’s response plans for COVID-19 and taking measures to reduce local transmission, share resources, and provide accurate communication.
Please review and adhere to these requirements in the event of a single suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in an employee.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and Denver Public Health are committed to collaborating with local businesses and organizations to investigate and control COVID-19 outbreaks.
To report an outbreak of COVID-19 (2 or more cases) in a Denver workplace or organization, please complete our online form. We will review the information submitted, and you or the workplace will be contacted by a representative within 24 hours to discuss the next steps.
If you have urgent questions or need immediate assistance before we follow-up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-1-1 (720-913-1311).
The City and County of Denver has enacted the "Adoption of Level Red-Severe Risk" Public Health Order. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, November 20, the State is requiring Denver to adopt greater restrictions pursuant to the amended Colorado Public Health Order.
All public and private gatherings of people who are not members of a single household are prohibited except for limited purposes.
Denver’s tougher face-covering mandate, issued on October 16, 2020, is also still in effect until further notice.
To report an issue or for additional questions and assistance, please contact us at:
Within Denver, dial 3-1-1
Outside of Denver, dial 720-913-1311
Colorado’s call line for general questions about COVID-19 provides answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
COHELP@RMPDC.org (answers in English only)
If you need medical attention, contact a health care provider.