2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and other Non-Essential Personal Service Facilities

Updated 3/26/20

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Latest Update March 26, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6 a.m., Colorado is officially under a stay at home order. Information and guidance will be updated as information is available. For the full order click here.  

March 23, 2020

Guidance regarding selling certain household products and food items in bulk that are typically disallowed.

Guidance regarding Executive Order D 2020 011, instituting temporary suspension of enforcement on on-premise retailed licensees and breweries to sell, deliver or provide alcohol for takeout

In order to comply with the temporary allowances for on-premise retail licensed facilities and breweries operating an approved salesroom, you must:

Effective March 19, 2020 at 8 AM through April 30, 2020

The following places of public accommodation are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:

1. Non-essential personal services facilities; and

2. Horse tracks and simulcast facilities, also known as

off-track betting facilities.

Definitions . For purposes of this Order:

A. “ Bar ” means any indoor area that is operated and licensed under article 3 of title 44, primarily for the sale and service of alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption and where the service of food is secondary to the consumption of such alcohol beverages. C.R.S. Section 25-14-203(3).

B. “ Brew pub ” means a retail establishment that manufactures not more than one million eight  hundred sixty thousand gallons of malt liquor and fermented malt beverages on its licensed premises or licensed alternating proprietor licensed premises, combined, each calendar year. C.R.S. Section 44-3-103(5).

C. “ Casino ” means a licensed gaming establishment, which is any premises licensed pursuant to this Article 30 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes for the conduct of gaming. C.R.S. Section 44-30-103(18).

D. " Cigar-tobacco bar” means a bar that, in the calendar year ending December 31, 2005, generated at least five percent or more of its total annual gross income or fifty thousand dollars in annual sales from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors, not including any sales from vending machines. C.R.S.Section 25-14-203(4).

E. “ Distillery pub ” means a retail establishment:

(1) Whose primary purpose is selling and serving food and alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption; and Public Health Order 20-22

(2) That ferments and distills not more than forty-five thousand

liters of spirituous liquor on its licensed premises each calendar

year. C.R.S. Section 44-3-103(14).

F. “ Gymnasium ” means a building or room used for indoor sports or exercise, such as fitness, dance, exercise or group classes, exercise studios and centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, and other indoor athletic facilities.

G. “ Horse track ” means a licensed race track, which is any premises licensed pursuant to this Article 32 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes for the conduct of racing. C.R.S. Sections

44-32-102(2)(a), (2)(b), (3), (8) & (24) C.R.S.

H. “ Restaurant ” means an establishment provided with special space, sanitary kitchen and dining room equipment, and persons to prepare, cook, and serve meals, where, in consideration of payment, meals, drinks, tobaccos, and candies are furnished to guests. For purposes of this order, “Restaurant” also includes any restaurant facilities located within a hotel, lodging and

entertainment facility, resort hotel, or resort complex. C.R.S. Section 44-3-103(21), (29), (44), (45), (47).

I. “ Nonessential personal services ” means services and products that individuals choose to use that are not necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of businesses or residences , such as hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage


J. “ Simulcast facility ” means a licensed in-state simulcast facility pursuant to this Article 32 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, also commonly referred to as an “off-track betting

facility” or “OTB”. Sections 44-32-102(11) & (21), C.R.S.

K. “ Tavern ” means an establishment serving alcohol beverages in which the principal business is the sale of alcohol beverages at retail for consumption on the premises and where sandwiches and Public Health Order 20-22 light snacks are available for consumption on the premises. C.R.S. Section 44-3-103(57).

L. “ Public accommodation” for purposes of this Order is a private entity that owns, operates, leases, or leases to, a place of public accommodation. Places of public accommodation subject to this Order include bars, taverns, brew pubs, distillery pubs, restaurants, gymnasiums, theaters, nonessential personal services facilities, and casinos.

March 17, 2020

Guidance Regarding Public Health Order 20-22 Closing Bars, Restaurants, Theaters, Gymnasiums and Casinos Statewide.

It is important to note that this still allows for and encourages takeout and delivery of food. The goal of this Order is to minimize in-person interaction, which is the primary means of transmission.

This order does NOT apply to: grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, food pantries, room service in hotels, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, juvenile justice facilities, crisis shelters or similar institutions, airport concessionaires, and any emergency facilities necessary for the response to these events.

What your establishment can and should do under this Public Health Order

Businesses with a drive thru:

Businesses without a drive thru including Food Truck Businesses:

Cleaning recommendations:

Additional protective and preventive measures:

Communicating with and monitoring your staff during COVID-19:

Public Messaging Recommendations

Business Closure Considerations

General Business Continuity Recommendations

If you are a supervisor or manager, the minimum information you would need written down in case you are unable to perform your duties:

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Adapted from: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment