Gov. Jared Polis releases new coronavirus guidelines for reopening restaurants, summer camps
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Colorado restaurants and day camps will be allowed to open in a limited capacity in the next week, Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday.
The announcement of plans to lift some restrictions for restaurants, day camps, camping and ski areas came two days after Larimer County officials announced the state approved parts of their request for lighter coronavirus restrictions.
Because Larimer County had some restrictions lifted ahead of state orders, the county will be allowed to follow whichever restrictions are lighter. The county said Tuesday it would align with the state’s rules on in-person dining.
Larimer County received approval from the state in most of the areas it requested, including restaurants. To view the full guidelines, visit larimer.org/variance.
Polis extended the amended safer-at-home executive order that was set to expire Tuesday to June 1, according to the executive order.
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Under the amended safer-at-home executive order, Polis is allowing restaurants to resume in-person dining at 50% capacity of the indoor limit or up to 50 people, whichever is less, starting Wednesday. Restaurants are also encouraged to provide as much outdoor seating as possible.
Under the rules, tables must remain six feet apart, bar seating will remain closed, and employees will be required to wear face masks, among other restrictions.
Under Larimer County’s request, the state denied allowing bars and breweries to reopen. The new state restrictions are similar and do not allow for places that don’t sell food to reopen. Serving snacks like peanuts or chips, microwavable meals or allowing customers to bring in their own take-out does not count as serving food, according to a news release.
However, a bar or brewery can reopen under the new state restrictions if they partner with a restaurant or food truck to provide on-site food. Food trucks are allowed to operate under the amended executive order, according to the governor’s office.
All facilities that do not serve food will be reevaluated in June, according to the news release.
Summer day camps
The state announced children’s day camps and youth sports camps can resume beginning June 1, but overnight camps are still not allowed.
Day camps must follow strict guidelines, including screening staff, volunteers and campers for symptoms; keeping campers in groups of 10 or less per room inside and 25 or less outside; and reporting any cases to the local public health agency.
Larimer County’s previous variance request for reopening children’s day camps was not approved by the state this weekend, so the county will follow the new state orders.
Restrictions on overnight camps and the possibility of resuming in July or August will be reevaluated in June, according to the news release.
Camping and skiing
Private campsites may also reopen with no capacity restrictions under the new state orders, according to information from the state. The previously approved county variance request allowed for campsites to reopen at 50% capacity, so the new state order overrides that request.
Spring skiing can also resume at any ski area with local public health approval now that the executive order closing those areas has expired, according to the news release.
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