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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Summit County Issues Amended and Restated Public Health Order

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Capacity limits outlined for mass indoor gatherings in Level Green on local dial framework

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Summit County Director of Communications

 SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health issued an amended and restated Public Health Order Wednesday. The new public health order contains additional information on capacity limits for mass indoor gatherings including places of worship and associated ceremonies, retail services, restaurants, and school proms and graduations under Level Green on the new local dial framework.

“We want to be cautious about reopening and do so in a way that balances physical health, economic vitality, and emotional wellbeing,” said Public Health Director Amy Wineland. “We want to reopen in a way that allows us to steadily move forward and avoid the surge in cases we have seen in other states that dropped all restrictions. We believe that our local dial framework provides a way to cautiously, yet quickly do so while making sure that hospital capacity is not threatened and allowing our community time to receive the vaccine before we fully open, so that we can protect our residents this summer.”

Summit County is currently in Level Yellow. To meet Level Blue metrics, the county must meet vaccination and incidence rate metrics of 60% of the population fully vaccinated, and a 7-day cumulative incidence rate of 250 cases per 100,000. Summit County has reached Level Blue in its incidence rate of 116.23 reported on April 26 and is quickly nearing Level Blue with a vaccination percentage of 53.5%. To move to Level Green, and allow most business sectors to fully open, the county would need to have 70% of residents fully vaccinated or meet the 7-day cumulative incidence metric threshold of 100 per 100,000.

“Summit County is ranked third in Colorado for our vaccination rate and we are extremely proud of the efforts of our community in helping us move toward reopening,” said Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence. “We have vaccination appointments readily available each week and encourage community members who have not yet gotten the vaccine to go to our website to find a clinic near them and get their vaccination this week to help us reach our goal of 70%.”

The local public health order outlines the following in Level Green:

  1. To qualify for Level Green, Summit County must have a 7 Day Incidence Level of 0 – 100 cases per 100,000 or 70% of the population must be fully vaccinated.
  2. Once in Level Green, businesses, activities, and gatherings may fully operate with no capacity restrictions except for those restrictions listed in this section. Individuals at risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19 who have not yet been vaccinated are advised to use caution.
  3. Personal gatherings should follow the CDC guidance on gatherings.
  4. Mass Indoor Gatherings: When more than 100 people are gathered in a room in a Public Indoor Space, the setting may operate at 100% capacity not to exceed 500 people, with 6 feet distancing required between parties of unvaccinated people or when vaccination status is unknown. Existing approved variances remain in effect, including 5 Star Program approvals granted by a county. Venues may apply to their local public health agency for a variance to exceed 500 people, to be finally approved by CDPHE. These requirements do not apply to the following sectors:
    1. Places of worship and associated ceremonies,
    2. Retail services,
    3. Restaurants that have sit-down dining and do not have unseated areas where 100 or more people could gather (such as dance floors or common gathering areas), and
    4. School proms and graduations that wish to exceed these thresholds shall be subject to review and approval by local public health agencies in accordance with CDPHE prom and graduation guidance.
  5. Any business or activity that was not authorized to operate in more restrictive levels is authorized to open.

The new order takes effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, April 29 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 27, 2021 unless amended beforehand. 

To find a vaccination clinic near you and help Summit County reach 70% vaccination and open to 100% capacity, go to: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1423/Scheduling-Vaccinations 

To view the local public health order, including the local dial framework and metrics, visit: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1326/Public-Health-Orders

To view the Summit County COVID case and vaccination data, visit: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1366/Milestones

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