Colorado's Revised COVID-19 Dial Adds Level Purple & New Restrictions

Ruben Fields
November 23, 2020

The revision of the dial to create Level Red was itself indication of the elasticity of the rules: If the state had strictly followed the dial in recent weeks, many counties would already be under stay-at-home orders.

Level red suggests pre-school to 5th grade classes continue, but all other grades should move to remote or hybrid systems.

The new restrictions for Denver and the other counties moving to Level Red include an end to indoor dining, although those restaurants can still serve takeout meals, and last call for alcohol will be moved from 10 p.m.to 8 p.m.

The county's variances on state-mandated restrictions are cancelled.

However, Pitkin County's manager said state officials have told him that moving to the Red level is voluntary at this time and that while the county was initially on the state's list to move to that level, the final decision will rest with the Board of Health, which meets Thursday afternoon.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released an updated COVID-19 status dial Tuesday, Nov. 17.

"Every single positive COVID-19 case in Larimer County is a step backwards for the entire community", Gonzales said.

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Polis held a news conference via Facebook Live to make the announcement as well as call a special session in the state Legislature, which is targeted at COVID-19 relief.

"For everyday Coloradans, let's just focus on what we need to do to get through this", he said. Summit County's hospitalizations have not been cause for concern on the state's dashboard. "Do your part, Routt County. They said, 'Yeah, that's an option'".

Over the weekend, however, the county's positivity rate dropped to 14.5%, which is within the safer-at-home level orange threshold. By revising the dial, the state protected counties from a full lockdown.

Regardless, however, the Yellow level restrictions that generally limit restaurant, businesses and offices to 50% capacity are a thing of the past. The new dial separates out hospitalizations, making that the sole metric that could move a county into the new Level Purple.

Between 10 and 15 counties "could potentially move into Red level restrictions", which will go into effect Friday, Johnston said.

Peacock said Polis "has always been a local control guy" and that the state wants to avoid lockdowns as much as possible. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said "we expect to be there". The new dial adds a purple level, which would indicate stay-at-home orders. "We have more testing and knowledge than we did in April, but today transmission is greater, cases are higher, and our hospitals are really feeling the impact".

Polis praised news of an effective vaccine, but also explained that the next few months will be a critical bridge to the time when most of us will be inoculated.

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