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COVID-19 UPDATE: Restaurants EXEMPT from Stay at Home Orders March 24,2020

We are tracking local Stay at Home orders across the State. In all cases, restaurants, as well as business that supply restaurants, are considered essential and are therefore EXCLUDED from these orders and may continue to operate. 

Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties

The Boulder County, Jefferson County, and Tri-County (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties) health departments issued a joint Stay at Home Order, effective at 8 a.m. on March 26 through April 17. Restaurants and businesses that supply restaurants are classified as essential services and are exempted from these orders. You can read the details of the Tri-County orders here. Boulder County orders can be found here, and Jefferson County orders can be found here. Please note that the details outlined in each of the orders are the same. Here is what you need to know to comply:

  • The order requires individuals anywhere within the Tri-County, Boulder County, and Jefferson County jurisdictions to stay at home unless they are conducting certain essential services/activities.
  • If individuals are using shared outdoor spaces they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from all individuals who they do not live with.
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt but strongly encouraged to find adequate shelter.
  • All non-essential businesses are ordered to cease all business activities and close down for the duration of the order.
  • All public and private gatherings are prohibited, except those between people that live together.
  • All travel to places outside those listed as essential services is prohibited. Individuals may only use public transit to travel to essential businesses and must maintain social distancing to the extent feasible.
  • Social distancing requirements include maintaining a distance of at least six feet, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer when hand sinks are not available, covering coughs/sneezes with the sleeve or elbow, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
  • Any individual found in flagrant or willful violation of the order may be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and subject to a fine up to $5,000 and an 18-month jail sentence.
  • Essential activities are:
    • Any task essential to a person’s health and safety, or the health and safety of a family member they are assisting.
    • Obtaining necessary services and supplies such as food, pet supplies, medications, etc.
    • Outdoor activities either individually or in groups up to four people that allow for social distancing.
    • Performing work at an essential business.
    • Caring for a family member or friend in another household.
    • Moving from one house to another.
  • Essential businesses include:
    • Anything healthcare-related; hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, nursing homes, etc.
    • Grocery stores, which includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-groceries related products such as household needs and cleaning supplies
    • Restaurants providing delivery, takeout, and drive-thru services
    • Veterinary care and animal shelters.
    • Utilities, power, water, gas, etc.
    • Public works construction, and other private construction operations.
    • Skilled trades such as electricians and plumbers.
    • Airports
    • Oil and gas operations
    • Transportation needs including public transit and roads and highways
    • Gas stations
    • Other essential businesses can be found in the order.


Boulder


On March 23, the City of Boulder issued a Stay at Home order for all Boulder residents and non-essential businesses. Read the order here

  • The order will be in effect starting 5 p.m. March 24 through April 10.
  • Non-essential businesses must cease operations unless employees can work from home.
  • Essential businesses -- including restaurants offering to-go, delivery, and drive-through services -- are asked to remain open.
  • All non-essential employees will be required to follow the order and stay in their homes.
  • Parks will be open for running and hiking, but congregation in public outdoor spaces will be banned under this order and park rangers will be monitoring the social distancing in the parks. Playgrounds will be closed. 
  • All events are required to be cancelled through April 10, even those that are limited to fewer than 10 people. 
  • Travel, except to perform essential business or essential activities, is prohibited.
  • Restaurants are allowed to continue offering takeout, delivery, and drive-through services, as they are considered essential services. 


Denver


On March 23, City of Denver Mayor Hancock issued a “stay at home order” for all Denver residents and non-essential businesses. Restaurants providing to-go, delivery, and drive-through services are considered essential and are therefore EXCLUDED from this order and may continue to operate. If you are open for delivery and takeout, be sure your business is listed at ToGoDenver.com, which the Mayor specifically called out as a resource to find open restaurants. List your details here.

Read the full order here.

Further details:

  • The order will be in effect starting 5 p.m. March 24 through April 10.
  • Breweries and liquor stores will be required to shut down.
  • All non-essential employees will be required to follow the order and stay in their homes.
  • Parks will be open for running and hiking, but congregation in public outdoor spaces will be banned under this order and park rangers will be monitoring the social distancing in the parks. Playgrounds will be closed. 
  • All events are required to be cancelled through April 10, even those that are limited to fewer than 10 people. 
  • DIA will continue to operate as it is and will be excluded from the orders. 
  • The City is asking for voluntary compliance. If you are not seeking essential goods or services, the City is asking that residents stay in their homes. This is not a recommendation. Police will be patrolling and enforcing these orders. Law enforcement will check in with people to seek their reason for being out before ticketing people. Tickets/penalties may be required for those that choose to flagrantly disobey the orders. Business regulators will be stopping by non-essential businesses to ensure they are closed.
  • If a Denver resident works outside the city limits, they are still required to stay home. 
  • Restaurants are allowed to continue offering delivery services, as they are considered essential services. 

Pitkin County

On March 23, Pitkin County issued a Stay at Home order for residents and non-essential businesses. Read the order here.
  • The order is effective immediately through April 17.
  • Non-essential businesses must cease operations unless employees can work from home.
  • Visitors to Pitkin County are asked to return home, and no new bookings can be made. Non-resident homeowners are exempt, but are strongly encouraged to return home.
  • Events of more than 10 must be cancelled; restaurants can only allow 5 people waiting for takeout inside the establishment at a time and must maintain social distancing measures of six feet between people.
  • Restaurants are allowed to continue offering takeout and delivery services, as they are considered essential services. We believe that takeout includes drive-through, which would be consistent with every other Stay at Home order in Colorado. We are working to contact local officials in Pitkin County to confirm this.


San Miguel County

On March 19, San Miguel County issued a mandatory shelter-in-place requirement for all citizens following their decision to implement county-wide COVID-19 blood tests for all citizens that want one. The order has also banned any gatherings of more than 10 people, unless such a gathering is necessary for an essential service. All in-person gatherings are asked to be limited to those within the immediate family. Visitors and non-residents of the county have been ordered to return home immediately, and residents are being required to stay in their homes unless they require essential services. Essential activities include seeking medical help for you or a family member, obtaining supplies needed to work from home, buying personal groceries, any outdoor activity that allows for 6 feet of social distancing, and caring for a family member. Restaurants are still allowed to conduct takeout and delivery services during the time this order is in effect. The order will remain in effect until April 3. Failure to comply with the orders can lead to a fine up to $5,000 and up to 18 months in jail.

You can view the San Miguel County order here.



Please email our office at 
info@corestaurant.org with further questions. 


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