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Posted on: March 19, 2020

JCPH Issues Public Health Order Closing Restaurants and More at the Local Level

COVID-19 Update

Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today issued a public health order to close all dine-in service at bars and restaurants, as well as all theaters, gyms and county buildings in Jefferson County, Colorado. The purpose of this order is to protect the health of the public and slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Not only does the order reiterate everything already covered by the public health order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on March 16, 2020 (Order 20-22), but it also incorporates guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding limitations on public gatherings and includes restrictions on Jefferson County government buildings.

“JCPH issued this order to protect the health of our community. By bringing this to a local level, JCPH can also extend our services to the affected local businesses by streamlining processes and ensuring that during a time when everything is changing rapidly, there is continuity, transparency and support,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director at JCPH. “For example, the JCPH Environmental Health team has been working tirelessly to conduct outreach to retail food establishments in our county to make sure they’re taken care of and supported during this time.”

In addition, this order closes all county buildings, with some exceptions such as essential services, which is vital to ensuring the health of the Jefferson County workforce.

“COVID-19 is a once in a lifetime challenge and your Jeffco public servants will be working hard to meet the needs of our community in this crisis,” said Jefferson County Manager Colonel Don Davis. “We will we continue to stay on the watch and work together with our community to successfully navigate this crisis.”

We know that the situation surrounding COVID-19 is frightening and disruptive to everyday life. As a county, our number one priority is protecting the health and safety of the public. JCPH and numerous other Jefferson County departments, such as the Office of Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office and more, are working around the clock to respond to this outbreak and the needs of our county.

Businesses and organizations, including retail food establishments, can find guidance to support them through this order at Our website also includes answers to frequently asked questions, up-to-date Jefferson County case information and community resources.

For general questions about COVID-19, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email for answers in English, Spanish, Mandarin and more.

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About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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