Colorado's COVID-19 dial. Photo courtesy of The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Colorado's COVID-19 dial. Photo courtesy of The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 have increased in recent days and weeks in Colorado, several counties prepare to move to "severe risk" level on the state's color-coded dial. This means new restrictions on indoor dining, events, and more. With the news of this increased level of response came the announcement of a new "extreme risk" level to be added to the dial.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced changes to the state's COVID-19 dial framework on Tuesday, November 17, adding restrictions for a sixth "extreme risk" level marked by purple and revising the current restrictions for the "severe risk" level marked by red.  The updated dial is set to go in effect on Friday, November 20th. 

RELATED: 15 Colorado counties move to 'level red' COVID-19 restrictions

“We are adding a new level to the dial in response to out-of-control levels of COVID-19 transmission across the state,” stated Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. 

Per the CDPHE, here's an updated breakdown on the restrictions that come with levels in red and purple. 

Revised "severe risk" red level: 

  • High Risk Population:
    • Stay at Home
    • Eligible for worker benefits and mandatory prioritization for remote work
  • Variances:
    • Not eligible
    • Current variances reevaluated
  • Personal Gathering size:
    • No gatherings
  • Childcare:
    • Open
  • P-12 Schools:
    • P-5 in person suggested, or hybrid or remote as appropriate
    • Middle school in-person, hybrid, or remote suggested
    • High school hybrid or remote suggested
  • Higher Education:
    • Remote suggested, limited in-person when necessary
  • Places of Worship & Life Rites and Indoor unseated functions:
    • 25% or 50 (with calculator)
  • Places of Worship & Life Rites Indoor seated functions:
    • 25%, 50 person capacity limit
  • Places of Worship & Life Rites Outdoors:
    • 6 feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning
  • Restaurants (Indoor):
    • Indoor dining closed.
    • Take out, curbside, delivery, or to go
  • Restaurants (Outdoor)
    • Outdoor/open air with only groups of own household is open
  • Last Call:
    • 8 PM (on premise)
  • Non-Critical Manufacturing:
    • 25%, or 50 people
  • Offices:
    • 10%, Remote work is strongly encouraged
  • Bars:
    • Closed
  • Gyms/Fitness:
    • 10%, 10 indoors per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10.
    • Reservations required
  • Group sports/camps:
    • Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10
  • Critical/Non-Critical Retail:
    • 50% with increased curbside pick up, and delivery.
    • Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged
  • Personal Services:
    • 25%, or 25 people
  • Limited Healthcare Settings:
    • 25%, or 25 people
  • Indoor unseated events:
    • Closed
  • Indoor seated events and entertainment:
    • Closed
  • Outdoor unseated events and entertainment:
    • 25%, 75 people (with calculator), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing between groups
  • Outdoor seated events and entertainment:
    • 25%, 75 people (6ft distancing between parties), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing
  • Outdoor guided services and entertainment:
    • 25% capacity or 10 people

New "extreme risk" purple level:

  • High Risk Population:
    • Stay at Home Ordered
    • Eligible for worker benefits and mandatory prioritization for remote work
  • Variances:
    • Not eligible
    • Current variances revoked unless specifically allowed
  • Personal Gathering size:
    • No gatherings
  • Childcare:
    • Open
  • P-12 Schools:
    • In-person, hybrid, or remote as appropriate
  • Higher Education:
    • Remote suggested, very limited in-person when necessary
  • Places of Worship & Life Rites and Indoor unseated functions:
    • Remote, virtual service, or outdoor are strongly encouraged; indoors up to 10
  • Places of Worship & Life Rites Indoor seated functions:
    • Remote, virtual service, or outdoor are strongly encouraged; indoors up to 10
  • Places of Worship & Life Rites Outdoors:
    • 6 feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning
  • Restaurants (Indoor):
    • Indoor dining closed.
    • Take out, delivery, or to go is open
  • Restaurants (Outdoor)
    • Outdoor dining closed.
    • Take out, delivery, or to go is open
  • Last Call:
    • No on premise service.
  • Non-Critical Manufacturing:
    • Closed
  • Offices:
    • Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10
  • Bars:
    • Closed
  • Gyms/Fitness:
    • Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10
  • Group sports/camps:
    • Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10
  • Critical/Non-Critical Retail:
    • Curbside, pick up, and delivery
  • Personal Services:
    • Closed
  • Limited Healthcare Settings:
    • 10% capacity or 25 people
  • Indoor unseated events:
    • Closed
  • Indoor seated events and entertainment:
    • Closed
  • Outdoor unseated events and entertainment:
    • Closed
  • Outdoor seated events and entertainment:
    • Closed
  • Outdoor guided services and entertainment:
    • 25%, up to 10 only in your own household

“Coloradans must take proactive steps to reduce the spread of the virus to protect their families and communities," added Ryan. "Wear a mask, avoid in-person interactions with people from outside your household, and wash your hands frequently. If we are not careful now, we risk plunging into the deep end of the dial, where hospitals are not able to serve everyone who needs care."

For a full breakdown of restrictions across all levels from the CDPHE, click here.  

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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(2) comments

getrealincolo

It’s pathetic that certain people refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of this pandemic. Refusing to take basic precautions for safety, disregard for family and community is sadistic and cultish.

Alanj52

I trust everyone realizes the state does not have the constitutional authority to enforce any of this. Good luck getting our local law enforcement officers to lock us down and close us up. The tyrants are going too far and will not be obeyed!

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