Garfield County variances
County submits third variance request to CDPHE
June 12 – Garfield County submitted a third variance to the state requesting local governance and management of the COVID-19 response. In the request, Garfield County will consider all businesses “essential” and all activities “necessary.” The variance request also asks that occupancy and gathering numbers be guided by strict social distancing, rather than an arbitrary number.
Garfield BOCC letter for 3rd variance request
Garfield County Public Health Director variance letter
Garfield County Public Health Suppression Plan
Garfield County 3rd full variance request
Full signed submittal
May 23, 2020 – Garfield County variance approval
Garfield County receives Safer at Home variance
Garfield County received notification Saturday evening that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved five of the six items submitted for a Safer at Home variance.
The request gives the county a variance from portions of Colorado Executive Order D 20 044 and Public Health Order 20-28.
Effective immediately, restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms may re-open at fifty percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they meet several additional requirements detailed in the variance request. Recreation areas and outfitters may also re-open. Social distancing requirements must still be met.
The request to re-open large tourist attractions was not approved, but will be re-evaluated June 1.
Click on the red button above to view the variance approval.
A new Garfield Public Health Order will follow, with details to further clarify the approved variance in the next few days.
Local business owners and public entities may call Garfield County Public Health at 970-625-5200 x 8120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Safer at Home public health order
Garfield County requested a variance from the following restrictions in Executive Order D 2020 044 and/or Public Health Order 20-28.
1. Restaurants – PHO II.A.1 and Appendix F. 4 (50% of normal seating capacity that applies to inside & outside seating)
2. Places of worship – PHO Appendix F. 5 (50% of normal seating capacity)
3. Fitness facilities and gyms– PHO II.A.4 (50% of approved occupancy capacity)
4. Recreation areas
6. Large tourist attractions