COVID-19 Community Response / Variances

UPDATED April 7, 2021

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April 16, 2021 – Douglas County is not currently governed by the State of Colorado Dial nor any public health order issued by Tri-County Health Department.

  • A statewide mask order issued April 3, 2021, is in effect in Douglas County and requires that a mask be worn in public indoor spaces where 10 or more individuals are present. This statewide mask order is expected to expire on May 3, 2021.
  • Also in effect in Douglas County is the state Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, which addresses large gatherings and other indoor high-risk settings (details below).

Updates / Orders / Requests / Variances

April 16, 2021
Douglas County will no longer be governed by the State of Colorado Dial nor any public health order issued by Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) that would create capacity limitations in places like restaurants, churches, and gyms. The opt-out decision impacts the entirety of Douglas County and its municipalities.  The Board-approved resolution – by a vote of 3-0 – opts Douglas County out of the TCHD Public Health order, thus in Douglas County, businesses would be allowed to determine what capacities are best for them, their patrons, and their employees.

In addition to the statewide mask order (Executive Order 2021-079), the CDPHE released a new health order (Public Health Order 20-38) which is applicable in Douglas County and includes the following:

  • Requires 6 feet distancing and masks for mass indoor gatherings, defined as gatherings in public indoor spaces that exceed 100 individuals, and caps these gatherings to no more than 500 people absent a variance. Exempts places of worship, retail settings, restaurants that have seated dining and do not have gathering spaces that allow for more than 100 people to congregate, and allows local public health agencies to approve proms and graduation plans in excess of these caps in accordance with CDPHE guidance. 
  • Requires schools to follow the CDPHE schools and child care outbreak guidance and further requires that when learning is all remote, extracurricular activities are not authorized in person.
  • Requires CDPHE approval of all outdoor seated, ticket event venues in excess of 30,000 square feet, in consultation with the local public health agency.
  • Continues existing hospital reporting requirements
  • Continues authority for CDPHE to require additional restrictions for any county when a county’s resident hospitalizations threaten to exceed 85% of hospital or hospital system capacity

April 5, 2021
The CDPHE amended the COVID‐19 Dial 3.0. Click here to view a summary of capacity limitations for Level Yellow and Level Blue on the Dial. More information from CDPHE can be found by visiting  https://covid19.colorado.gov

April 3, 2021

Current mask order dated April 3 by Governor Polis.

March 9, 2021
Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution to Petition the State to Fully Reopen the County

Dec. 21, 2020
Douglas County 5 Star Business Certification Program Approval

Dec. 18, 2020
Application to the CDPHE for the 5 Star State Certification Program

Dec. 4, 2020
Letter to CDPHE regarding Local Certification Program

Nov. 25, 2020
Letter to Governor Polis

Nov. 19, 2020 
Letter to Director Hunsuker Ryan and Gov. Polis

Nov. 17, 2020
Commissioners respond to CDPHE Safer at Home Dial Level Change – Tuesday, Nov. 17, we learned the state of Colorado will move Douglas County to Level Red on the state’s Safer at Home Dial effective Friday, Nov. 20, based primarily on COVID-19 case numbers, positivity, and incidence rate.

Nov. 12, 2020
Commissioners respond to CDPHE Safer at Home Dial Level Change Nov. 10, we learned the state of Colorado will move Douglas County from Level Yellow to the more restrictive Level Orange on the state’s Safer at Home Dial effective Friday, Nov. 13, based primarily on COVID-19 case numbers, positivity, and incidence rate.

Oct. 30, 2020
Commissioners respond to CDPHE Safer at Home Dial Level Change – On Thursday, Oct. 29, the state of Colorado moved Douglas County from Level 1 to the more restrictive Level 2 on the state’s Safer at Home Dial.

Oct. 12, 2020
Douglas County Variance & Mitigation Framework – Pursuant to the Oct. 8, 2020 meeting between the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Douglas County, the County has implemented the following variance mitigation measures consistent with our approved variances from the Department of Public Health and Environment: a) Pilot Program for Severity Metrics; b) Testing Capacity; c) Contact Tracing of Positive COVID-19 Cases; Public Education and Citizen Engagement

July 22, 2020
Commissioners respond to July 17 CDPHE letter requesting Mitigation PlanDouglas County’s Response to CDPHE letter dated July 17  / Public Education and Citizen Engagement Campaign and Letter from CDPHE dated July 17

July 17, 2020
Commissioners respond to Governor Polis Announcement of Statewide Mask Order – On Thursday, July 16, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Governor of a statewide mask mandate  – “While consultation with local governments would have been preferred, now that we’ve heard from our state’s top elected official ordering a statewide mask mandate, we urge our citizens and business communities to comply with the public safety Executive Order. We will continue to encourage personal responsibility as we monitor Douglas County’s data over the next 30 days for a reduction in the spread of COVID-19-related hospitalizations, which as of today are 13.”

June 26 Variances – CDPHE Letter of approval 

May 22 Variances – CDPHE Letter of approval 

Additional industry guidelines from CDPHE: