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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Update on Jeffco’s Move to Level Orange & Public Health Order 20-009


As announced on November 4, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will move to Level Orange (formerly Level 3) of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) Dial Framework beginning today, Monday, November 9 at 5 p.m. Additionally, JCPH’s Public Health Order 20-009, which sets limits on gatherings, will remain in effect. Because cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County have continued to rise so rapidly, maintaining requirements in PHO 20-009 that are stricter than those in Level Orange is critical as we work to slow the spread of the virus in our community.

Specifically, that means the Jefferson County community and businesses should follow Level Orange of CDPHE’s Dial Framework per Public Health Order 20-36, with the following modifications required by JCPH’s Public Health Order 20-009:

  • Outdoor events are limited to no more than 75 people and indoor events to no more than 25 people within their usable space as calculated by the Social Distancing Space Calculator. Events may not have more than one room, designated activity or area.
    • Note: Businesses and activities which follow events guidance as required by PHO 20-36, but which are not events involving social gatherings, are not subject to PHO 20-009. However, if a business or facility hosts a social event, then that event is subject to the terms of PHO 20-009. 
  • Spectators are prohibited at all high school sporting events, regardless of whether they are sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and regardless of whether they take place at public, private or charter schools.
  • Spectators are prohibited at adult recreational and league sports.

Please note that when referenced in public health orders, “capacity” is defined as the posted building occupancy limit of a space. However, for non-critical office-based businesses, “capacity” is defined for Level Orange as 25 percent of their number of employees that would typically be in that office.   

Visit CDPHE’s website for more information about capacity limits and requirements under Level Orange of the Dial Framework. For information about JCPH’s PHO 20-009, including frequently asked questions, visit

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