Five-Star Certification Program Operating Requirements
Businesses that have been certified under Jefferson County’s Five-Star Certification Program are eligible to operate under the restrictions included on this page, based on Jefferson County’s current level on the COVID-19 Dial. The level that Jeffco is currently in and the level businesses may operate in, and a summary of the operating requirements for each level is included in the table below.
Please note that while the business may operate under the requirements of the less restrictive level, it must still comply with the requirements set forth in the State’s 5-Star Certification Policy Framework.
The table below synthesizes those requirements so that it is clear to both businesses and their customers what the operating requirements are under this certification program.
Jeffco is currently in Level Orange
Certified Businesses may operate in Level Orange
|Indoor dining allowed?||Yes||Open at 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 175 people per room||Open at 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 50 people per room.|
Establishments larger than 7,200 sq. ft. may use the Distancing Calculator to expand to 100 patrons per room.
|Open at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 50 people per room.||No||No|
|Outdoor dining allowed?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Size of groups||N/A||10 people maximum||10 people maximum||Limited to members of the same household||Limited to members of the same household||N/A|
|Last call||2:00 a.m.||12:00 a.m.||11:00 p.m.||10:00 p.m.||8:00 p.m. for on-premises consumption; 10:00 p.m. for take-out||N/A|
|Table spacing||6-feet apart||6-feet apart||6-feet apart||10-feet apart||6-feet apart||N/A|
|Mask requirements||Must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking indoors||Must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking indoors||Must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking indoors||Must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking indoors||Must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking indoors||N/A|
|Regular sanitation and cleaning of high-touch surfaces||Required||Required||Required||Required||Required||N/A|
|Daily employee symptom and exposure checks||Required||Required||Required||Required||Required||N/A|
|Customer screening and contact tracing||Required||Required||Required||Required||Required||N/A|
CDPHE's Criteria for the State's 5-Star Certification Business Variance Program
The criteria for the program has been outlined by CDPHE and includes mandatory mask enforcement, social distancing, regular sanitation, employee symptom and exposure checks, and more. A business-specific plan for outbreak detection, reporting and response would need to be included as well. There are resources available from CDPHE for these requirements:
- CDPHE 5 Star Certification Program Outline, which includes specific guidelines and mitigation strategies for the different types of business
- Mask guidance from CDPHE
- Cleaning guidance from CDPHE
- CDPHE symptom support tool
- CDPHE employee screening form
- CDPHE guidance on what to include in an outbreak plan
- CDPHE guidance of sufficient ventilation