Arapahoe County Approved For 5-Star Recovery Program

Amber Fisher

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, CO — Arapahoe County has been approved for its Five-Star Recovery Partner Program, which will allow businesses to operate with higher capacities, officials announced Wednesday.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved the county's application amid lower coronavirus numbers, officials said.

Businesses that are interested in participating can begin to apply on Thursday.

"While all businesses are eligible to apply, the program will initially prioritize restaurant, gym, and indoor event applications," officials said.

"If Arapahoe County sees a significant rise in cases, percent positivity, or hospitalizations, CDPHE may suspend the program certification, and the program will be automatically suspended if the ICU hospital capacity reaches 90% in the County."

The variance means that approved Five-Star businesses will be able to operate at capacities one level higher than the county’s position on the state's COVID dial.

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“We’re pleased that our COVID case numbers have decreased enough to enable Arapahoe County to be granted the variance that will allow us to launch the Five-Star program while the County is in the Red Dial Position,” said Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County Board Chair.

“This will provide a consistent method for reopening area businesses in a way that will help them earn more revenue and get their employees back to work, while also helping their customers and our communities control the spread of COVID-19.”

Douglas County has also been approved for the program.

>> More information about the program can be found here.

>> Arapahoe County businesses can apply for the program here.

This article originally appeared on the Littleton Patch