The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has adopted the Fifth Amended Public Health Order Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, which lasts through June 30, 2020.  Below are some frequently asked questions and answers.

Should older adults and vulnerable individuals continue to follow stay-at-home recommendations?

The new public health order encourages older adults and vulnerable individuals to continue to stay at home as much as possible, but also recognizes the physical and mental benefits of time spent outdoors.  This order encourages older adults and vulnerable populations to participate in outdoor activities as long as they can maintain social distance.

If we are not older or vulnerable, how should we safely participate in private outdoor recreation?

Outdoor recreation is one of the safest and best ways to enjoy our time during Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors.  Here are some things to know:

  • Please recreate in groups of no more than 10 individuals.  
  • Have a mask with you in case you run into someone and cannot maintain distance.  Otherwise, just keep 6 feet apart from people outside of your household.
  • Choose less crowded places to recreate.  If you arrive somewhere that is very crowded, consider finding another spot.
  • Some recreation requires a lot of physical contact.  We encourage you to only have close, physical contact with members of your household.  

Are gatherings still limited to 10 or less people?

For the most part, yes.  Here are a few unique situations:

  • Playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities (such as tennis courts and pickleball courts) may open with 10 or less individuals.  Outdoor pools may open with 50% capacity not to exceed 50 individuals.  Organized sports leagues (adult or child) may begin with 25 or less people outdoors or 10 people indoors.  Spectators for adult leagues are discouraged.  Gyms/rec centers and indoor pools may open with no more than 10 people per room. 
  • Houses of Worship may open up to 50% capacity, not to exceed 50 people (up to 10 rooms may be open).  Guidance on gathering size for outdoor services is forthcoming
  • Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries may open at 50% occupancy, not to exceed 50 people.
  • Summer camps and sports camps may open with 10 individuals indoors or 25 individuals outdoors. Single-night overnight excursions are allowed so long as campers and staff remain strictly cohorted.


How much should I reduce my social interactions?

It is recommended to reduce your social interactions by 65%.  New modeling data shows that if we all did that (and older adults reduced up to 80%), we could keep the curve of COVID-19 infections flat and manageable for our health care system.  If your curious what this might look like, here is an example:

  • “Before COVID-19 I had close contact with around 75 people per week.  This consisted of my extended family, adult friends, friends of my kids, people in exercise classes, work colleagues, the general public through my work, people at restaurants and members of the public while grocery shopping and retail shopping.  My goal this summer is to reduce that number to 25 people per week (a 65% reduction).  For me, this means continuing to do take-out vs. dine in at restaurants, reducing the number of friends myself or my kids see to a small, closed circle, only attending one exercise class per week, continuing to telework as much as possible and limiting my grocery shopping to once a week.”

For the full order, go here

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