Colorado's Red Level Counties Move To Orange: What Will Change

Amber Fisher

Dozens of Colorado counties shifted Monday from 'Level Red' on the state's COVID-19 dial to 'Level Orange' — a move that will allow restaurants to reopen indoor dining in a limited capacity.

In an announcement Wednesday on social media, Gov. Jared Polis asked the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to make the shift after a sustained decline in coronavirus cases.

"This is a direct result of Coloradans stepping up and taking the steps to protect themselves and others," Polis' post read.

The shift only applies to counties in Level Red, "which is the category designed to prevent us from having to lockdown in 'purple,'" he said.

Here's a list of what the shift from Level Red to Level Orange looks like:

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Counties such as Arapahoe, Douglas and Broomfield have been approved for the state's 5-Star Certification program, which allows businesses — those who are approved for the program — to operate under a level that's one step lower than their county's level.

“5 Star certified businesses currently in Orange Level counties may be eligible for less restrictive capacity limits outlined in Yellow Level, after engaging in a consultation and approval process with their local public health agency,” state officials said in a news release issued late Monday night.

Between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, 1,749 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Colorado, according to public health data. As of Sunday, 341,250 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the state among 2,158,828 tests that have been administered since the outbreak began, health officials confirmed.

This article originally appeared on the Across Colorado Patch