Colorado COVID Dial 3.0 went into effect on Wednesday, March 24, which will loosen the state's restrictions. What does that mean for Larimer and Weld Counties?

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'Dial 3.0 makes it easier for counties to move into Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors, the least restrictive level on the dial,' Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in its press release. 'It also removes many of the restrictions that currently apply at that level. Additionally, several restrictions in Level Blue are loosened in Dial 3.0.'

A few things will be different for Larimer and Weld Counties, which are Level Yellow (with variances that allow for Level Blue business practices). CDPHE said that:

  • 5 Star restaurants and gyms in Levels Blue and Yellow may operate at 100 percent capacity with six feet of distance between parties as a way to provide businesses with increased flexibility, while still limiting indoor mass gatherings.
  • 5 Star certified seated and unseated indoor events may operate at 50 percent capacity with a 500-person limit in Level Blue. 5 Star seated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50 percent capacity with a 225 person limit and unseated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50 percent capacity with a 175 person limit.
  • Bars can now open under Level Blue

A big change is that there is now 'no longer a state limit on personal gathering sizes,' however CDPHE said that Colorado 'will follow CDC’s guidance on personal gatherings,' and of course, continuing to avoid large gatherings will help slow the spread.

'While this is still a time for caution, these changes to the Dial better reflect where we are in the pandemic today, and the balance we are trying to strike between disease suppression and economic hardship,' Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE said.

Go here to see all changes for the state of Colorado in COVID Dial 3.0.

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