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Colorado COVID-19 restaurant rules evolving

State seeks input
Posted at 7:48 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 21:48:21-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — A guide for easing take-out only rules at Colorado restaurants could be okayed as soon as next week. “Hopefully there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” Todd Wyatt owner of Wyatt’s Pub and Grill is hoping the proposal can get some customers back inside his business that has been carry-out only for more than two months now.

The proposal put together by the Colorado Department of Public health includes elements like groups no larger than six people and tables at least eight feet apart. Staff must wear masks and there are extensive sanitizing procedures. It also encourages outside dining with potential variances for seating on sidewalks and in parking lots.

The proposal is posted on the CDPHE website. There is an on-line form for submitting ideas and suggestions.

"Some of the rules are confusing and some could use a little clarity,” said Wyatt. He hopes the on-line feedback this week will be constructive rather than something that slows the easing of rules. “That's all we can ask for, is give us the playbook and let us execute." At Wyatt’s Pub and Grill tables have already been shifted to try and figure out the best way to place tables with eight feet between them. If the go ahead happens the plan is to welcome customers inside with as little delay as possible.