State moves Garfield County from Yellow to Blue

PRESS RELEASE
2-25-21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has been notified by the Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that it sustained seven days of Level Blue metrics for
a rolling period ending February 23. The change to Level Blue will be effective Friday,
February 26 at 6 a.m.

In accordance with the most recent state public health order, counties may move to less
restrictive levels if they meet and sustain metrics for one week. To officially move to Level Blue,
Garfield County had to verify data and submit a letter of acknowledgment to the state. Weather related delays from COVID testing labs located outside of the state delayed the process of confirming the move. The results of the tests that returned did not impact the numbers enough to keep the county from meeting the Level Blue threshold.

The CDPHE Dial capacity restrictions chart provides a rough outline for the basic allowances
under the dial framework. However, business owners, event planners, and other operators must
consult the most current state public health order; the seventh amended Public Health Order 20-36 and follow all applicable sector specific details.

Restrictions under Level Yellow do not vary dramatically from Level Blue. However, Garfield
County Public Health has provided an overview of the major changes that affect Garfield County
with page numbers for appendices by category from the latest Public Health order so that sector
specific guidance and details are followed as applicable.

For all dial color levels (including Blue):
All posted capacity numbers exclude staff. If the order language includes a percentage of
capacity, or a specific number, the operator must go with whichever is less. Operators are
required to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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