In Level Blue, however, all capacity restrictions in indoor spaces are lifted, though social distancing must be maintained. People who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms are required to stay at home, Jollon said.
“It’s a simplified Level Blue,” Jollon said. “We’ve taken the most protective parts of the dial and kept them, in an effort to preserve in-person learning (and limit the spread of infections).” Instead, Polis said it is up to local public health agencies to enact protocols that are in line with the virus in their communities.
Face coverings, however, are still required in public indoor spaces. Jollon said Southwest Colorado still has a high rate of COVID-19 infections, and it remains unclear whether a fourth wave will hit the community.
Gov. Jared Polis announced this week the state of Colorado is doing away with the state dial for COVID-19, the color-coded tool for guiding public health orders, like capacity restrictions, to slow the spread of the virus. SJBPH’s public health order remains in effect until May 15.
Jollon said it is even possible the public health orders will instead becomes advisories, though it is believed the mask ordinance will remain in effect. But, she said modeling data indicates that if people continue to receive vaccinations, social distance and wear masks, it is likely public health orders will relax even more in May.
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