JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo – Some bars will have to close and restaurants and gyms will have to reopen at 50% capacity, effective Friday due to an increase in COVID-19 infections and requiring treatment. In a hospital in Jefferson County
“Unfortunately, we are walking in the wrong direction,” Dr. Dawn Comstock, executive director of the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), said in a press release sent to Denver 7 days. Wednesday
The county reported 142.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for a long period of time from March 31to April 6, exceeding the Level Blue metric (115 cases per 100,000 residents for five days in a row). In the state COVID-19 dial
Comstock said the majority of the new cases were among adults aged 20 to 39, with most county outbreaks within unregulated schools and businesses such as offices and retailers.
“Other factors contributing to an increase in community spread are significantly reduced social distances and the spread of viral strains,” Comstock said in a press release.
The announcement of the move to a more restrictive level on color-coded dials comes a day after Jefferson County revised a public health directive on masks without requiring them to be used in outdoor areas. But still set to have an indoor public setting.
Under the yellow level, the following restrictions will take effect from Friday, April 9 at 6:00 AM:
- Restaurants are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit, up to 150 people per room, the last late at 1:00 AM.
- The bar must be closed unless food is served.
- Indoor activities are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit of 150 people per room within the living area. The usable area for seated events and unscheduled events of less than 50 people, was calculated using a distance of 6 feet between non-family contacts. For unscheduled events with more than 50 people, the usable area should be calculated using a distance calculator.
- Outdoor activities are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit of 175 people within a given floor space calculated using a distance calculator. If the event is held, the living space should be calculated based on the distance of 6 feet between non-household members.
- Recreation areas, including gyms, recreation centers, and swimming pools, are limited to 50% capacity, up to 50 people per indoor room or outdoor activity area. Facilities larger than 7,200 square feet may use a remote area calculator to expand the number of clients by up to 100 per room within their living space.
- The sport is limited to 25 players, excluding coaches, referees and referees.
- Outdoor guided activities are limited to 50% capacity, up to 10 people.
- The Youth Camp is limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
- Businesses that have been accredited to the Jefferson County Five-Star Certification Program may operate subject to the restrictions of Leve Blue.
“None of us want to back down on the dial after all the hard work we’ve put in and the sacrifices we’ve made,” Comstock said. “It is important that we take the necessary steps now to go back. This trend so we have an opportunity to celebrate things and people we love and have fun. We missed out on many of these special occasions in the last year. But if we work hard now, it doesn’t have to be in 2021. ”
Comstock continued to urge masked residents to maintain a good social distance six feet from others and avoid rallies.
At least two other Colorado counties moved to tighter levels on the dial this week: Summit County moved to Level Orange on Wednesday and Pueblo County moved to Level Yellow on Tuesday due to the sharp rise in Cases of COVID-19