On April 16, 2021, the State of Colorado retired its color-coded dial for COVID-19 mitigation and public health protocols. The State of Colorado has shifted responsibility to local public health agencies and directed them to enact protocols that fit the health conditions of their communities.
SJBPH is committed to limiting the spread of COVID-19 to protect public health and save lives. SJBPH will continue to do so in a way that follows science-based guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the goals of reducing disease transmission, maintaining in-person learning, and supporting the recovery of the local economy.
On April 15th, SJBPH issued a local public health order putting both La Plata and Archuleta counties in a simplified version of “Level Blue,” maintaining the most effective protocols and trimming others (like percentage capacity limits) from the State’s outgoing dial system.
- La Plata and Archuleta counties will stay in Level Blue for 30 days until May 15, 2021, at which point the requirements will expire and the counties will enter a monitoring and advisory phase.
- The Public Health Order will expire prior to May 15, 2021 if the county’s case incidence rate drops below 35 cases per 100,000 residents.
- When this public health order expires, both counties are likely to remain under indoor mask requirements per the State of Colorado and SJBPH, however, additional mitigation measures will instead be issued as guidance in a local public health advisory. SJBPH will closely track disease transmission and hospitalizations in the monitoring and advisory phase and update the community as needed.
Summary of SJBPH’s 30-Day “Level Blue” Public Health Order:
- Face Coverings: Face coverings are required in all public indoor settings unless all individuals present are fully vaccinated.
- Businesses or facilities should err on the side of assuming that some people entering their indoor site are unvaccinated. With only one third of our community fully vaccinated, most indoor public settings like grocery stores, retail stores, and gyms must continue to require mask wearing.
- Physical Distancing: Businesses and public indoor spaces must manage capacity so that six feet of distance is maintained between households or parties, excluding staff. Percentage capacity limits no longer apply. Physical distancing is recommended, but not required, in outdoor settings.
- Transmission Control: Employers must follow symptom monitoring protocols to keep sick employees and guests out of public places, follow ventilation guidance to the extent possible, and maintain hygiene and other protocols to limit disease transmission.
- Self-Certification: Requires special events to attest that they will comply with public health orders and provides an opportunity to publicly post that certification for the general public. Other public places may use self-certification as a tool to improve consumer confidence and apply requirements and recommendations to their operation.