Colorado Springs, El Paso County move to fewer COVID restrictions for events and businesses

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Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — As the Colorado COVID-19 dial framework ends, Colorado Springs and El Paso County leaders say they will not implement a local dial or any additional restrictions beyond what the state has implemented.

Gov. Jared Polis has continued the order on social distancing and masks, but has eased restrictions on most indoor business capacities.

The following statewide restrictions will take effect Friday, according to the county health department:

Outdoor Events

  • Unseated outdoor events have no restrictions. 
  • Seated outdoor events that are ticketed and exceed 30,000 square feet must consult with El Paso County Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on capacity limits and disease mitigation strategies prior to their event.
  • 5-Star Certified Businesses and prior approved variances remain in effect.

Indoor Events

  • Indoor events less than 100 people have no restrictions other than the state mask order requirements. 
  • Indoor events between 100 to 500 people must maintain six-foot distancing between non-vaccinated people and people whose vaccination status is unknown, and comply with the state mask order.  
  • Indoor events over 500 people must obtain a variance from the county and state health departments prior to the event and comply with the state mask order.
  • 5-Star Certified Businesses and prior approved variances remain in effect.
  • These restrictions do not apply to the following sectors:
    • Places of worship and associated ceremonies
    • Retail services
    • 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)
  • 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.

El Paso County businesses or entities that have questions concerning the 5-Star Program, variance requests to exceed 500 people, and outdoor event consultation should contact COVIDBusinessRecovery@elpasoco.com.

Although more than 210,000 people in El Paso County have been fully vaccinated, COVID-19 cases and positivity rates have seen a modest increase.

City, county and public health officials encourage people to remain vigilant as they begin to return to more normal activities. Residents should continue to take the appropriate public health precautions to include mask wearing, social distancing, staying home when sick, washing hands, and getting tested for COVID-19 if they display symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

“The best and quickest way to recover from this pandemic and return to our ‘normal’ lives, is for as many people as possible to get vaccinated,” Mayor John Suthers said in a statement. “We have the supplies and we have the medical professionals at the ready to administer vaccines to all residents 16 and older. It is incumbent upon individuals and businesses to operate and behave at a level that is appropriate for their level of personal risk. We urge vigilance as we relax restrictions, knowing that if hospitalizations or deaths increase, we may have to re-implement these restrictions, which would hurt both our culture and our economy.”

Nearby Fremont County also said they will not be imposing restrictions beyond the state rules. Pueblo County said they plan to adopt the state’s dial, with two exceptions, until at least May 15.

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