As of July 1, 2020
As of July 21, 2020, the Denver Face Covering Order(PDF) has been revised to maintain the minimum age for the wearing of face coverings to three-years-old and to add signage requirements for public indoor spaces. This update follows the statewide order issued by Governor Polis on July 16, 2020.
To comply with the updated order, owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces, as defined in EO D2020-138 (PDF), must post required signage (PDF) in a conspicuous place at every public entrance to the facility by July 28, 2020. Signs must be clearly visible to the public and must be printed at a size of no less than 11 inches wide by 17 inches in height.
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:
The City and County of Denver variance request process holds public health as the top priority in the consideration of all requests. Please be aware that the process requires extensive review and consideration and may take several weeks to complete. Additionally, the processing of requests may be paused or delayed at any time based on trends with virus data. Priority consideration will focus on requests submitted by industry organizations, as these variances if granted will impact the greatest amount of opportunity.
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:
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 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.
With Safer at Home underway and the phased loosening of state restrictions continuing, business and leisure activities are resuming in Denver. Face coverings continue to be mandatory while inside of or waiting in line to enter any retail or commercial business, or any location or facility offering government or health care services and while waiting for or riding on public transportation.
Businesses have been allowed to reopen with 50 percent of employees if they are able to maintain six-foot physical distancing, abide by the face-covering order and other guidelines.
While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our vast outdoors than in confined indoor spaces. Much of Colorado is now open with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at highest risk for severe illness.
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)
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.