Safer at Home Level

Safer at Home Level 2 Dial

Jefferson County is in the Safer at Home "Level 2: Concern" Phase

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a Dial Framework and Public Health Order (PHO 20-35) that standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance controlling the virus with our social and economic needs. Jeffco is currently in the Safer at Home Level 2 phase, with some changes that were approved by CDPHE through a local variance (see "Jefferson County Variance" below).

Important facts:

  • Colorado’s dial framework has five levels to guide county response to COVID-19.
  • Counties move back and forth between levels, depending on three metrics. Levels are based on the number of new cases, the percent positivity of COVID-19 tests, and the impact on hospitals, as well as other local considerations. As the dial moves left, toward Protect Our Neighbors, more people can participate in various activities.  
  • The process of moving to a more restrictive level under Safer at Home begins with a consultation with CDPHE if a county is out of compliance with any of the three metrics for a two-week period. This two-week period is a grace period. If compliance is restored in that timeframe, no further action is needed. If compliance is not restored, then a consultation between the county and the state must take place to determine next steps. At this consultation, detailed metrics including the three noted above, but also many others like the epidemiological trends, impacted populations and local factors will be discussed and considered in partnership between state and local officials.

Residents can find the latest information about the Dial Framework, including Jeffco's key metrics and associated capacity limits and guidelines, on CDPHE's website here. For easy reference, we've also prepared a chart that summarizes various capacity limits under the Safer at Home levels in the Dial Framework. 

Guidance for Our Community

Under Safer at Home, everyone must take these actions:
  • Continue to stay home as much as possible.
  • Vulnerable people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults, should continue to only leaving home for medical care and essential activities.
  • When you go out, follow physical distancing requirements (6 feet of space between yourself and others).
  • Do not go to work if you are sick.
  • People who have COVID-19 symptoms should get tested, and must isolate unless they have a negative test result. Please read how to isolate.
  • Only travel in- or out-of-state for essential purposes.
  • Individuals in Jeffco are required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, as well as outdoor public settings where 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. 

Guidance for Businesses & Organizations

Jefferson County Variance

Effective June 7, CDPHE approved Jefferson County’s request for a variance to the statewide requirements, described below. The county also created an annotated version of the state’s public health order to show where the local variance approvals interact with the state’s order. Jefferson County is aligned with the state requirements, including those outlined in the dial framework, on all other topics not addressed in the variance. NOTE: The variance approvals can be rescinded by CDPHE if local COVID-19 conditions worsen. 

  1. Gatherings
  2. Gyms and Indoor Pools
  3. Outdoor Recreation
  4. museums & educational experiences
  5. Graduations
  6. Golf Course Restaurants
  7. Brewpubs, distilleries and similar
  8. Businesses not in state order

Generally, for gatherings:

  • Indoor settings can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space. 
  • In outdoor settings, the variance allows for 125 people.

For requirements and guidance, refer to the state’s order and Attachment L. For life rites such as weddings and funerals, please refer to the state’s order. 

Other Industry-specific Guidance

For public health requirements and guidance for industries not addressed in the local variance, please visit CDPHE’s Safer at Home page

Communications Toolkit for Businesses

Please use and/or adapt these tools to help communicate public health guidance to our community. The toolkit includes signage for your entrance, posters for employees, social media graphics and more.