Health restrictions loosen for Jeffco

Gatherings of larger numbers now allowed with county approval

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Jefferson County was granted certain variance to the statewide Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order, beginning June 8. The county’s variances allow for larger gathering sizes for places of worship; gyms; indoor retail malls; outdoor recreation; indoor and outdoor museums and educational experiences; graduations; brew pubs, distilleries and other similar places; event centers; and some additional businesses not specifically provided for in the state’s order.

The county’s variance allows certain things that are not yet in the state order:

Indoor malls can begin to open, with a plan approved by the county health department Graduations can take place, with a plan approved by the county Gyms or places for personal recreation can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space In outdoor settings, the variance allows for 125 people Event centers can operate with 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, beginning now through July 31, and with 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors beginning Aug. 1

“This approval will help us responsibly continue the process of re-opening Jefferson County,” County Manager Don Davis said as part of the announcement. “We hope that everyone will follow the new guidance to ensure a safe and timely economic recovery.”

As required by the state for variance applications, Jefferson County Public Health approved the state's COVID-19 suppression plan in the application. As the county’s economy slowly reopens, Jeffco residents will still be expected to follow all public health orders – including staying six feet away from others, wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands, getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and self-isolating if test results are positive.

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