Denver Approved For 5-Star Certification Program

DENVER, CO — Denver has been approved for Colorado's 5-Star Certification Program, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Thursday.

To be eligible for the program, a county needs to prove it's seen a two-week sustained decline in cases, a positivity percentage lower than 10 percent or "demonstrably improving over the past two weeks," fewer than 90 percent of intensive care unit beds in use, and steady or declining regional hospitalizations, public health officials said. Denver has to meet the state's qualifications for the next seven days in order for businesses to operate under higher capacity caps, officials said.

Denver is under Level Orange on Colorado's COVID-19 dial, but the 5-Star Certification Program would allow businesses to operate under Level Yellow.

Douglas County became the first in Denver's metro area to get the green light for the program, and several other nearby counties have since been approved.

The initiative encourages businesses to go 'above and beyond' to implement COVID-19 safety measures.

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Denver is looking for volunteers to help administer its 5-Star program. The city is searching for employees who can dedicate 20 hours per week, for a minimum of five weeks, to help with reviewing applications and perform site audits, officials said.

>> More information about how to apply for the program, or how to apply to volunteer, can be found here.

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch