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Recently issued gathering restrictions for Adams County residents supersede new state restrictions.

The state’s new restriction limit personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from up to two separate households, said a press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. However, restrictions issued by the Tri-County Health Department for Adams County last week limit gatherings to no more than five people. Outdoor gatherings in the county are limited to 10 people.

Brighton City Council voted to opt back into Tri-County’s mask mandate, which won’t expire until the pandemic ends.

The restrictions follow an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases in the area. In the past two weeks, cases in the county have increased by more than 28 percent, Tri-County reports.

CDPHE said that social gatherings have contributed to higher rates of exposure since July. In a press release, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CDPHE executive director, said, “Please take every effort to reduce contact with members of other households. If you can work remotely, please do so to reduce contact with other individuals. Taking action now can prevent your loved ones from getting sick, and help us save lives and avoid stricter public health orders in the future.”