COLORADO SPRINGS — El Paso County commissioners approved 4-0 a resolution Tuesday that would send a variance request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the Broadmoor Hotel to reopen conference and exhibition spaces.
Commissioners stated this variance would take effect once the county enters Level Blue on the state's COVID-19 dial. El Paso County has been in Level Yellow since Feb. 5 when the new version of the dial went into effect.
According to CDPHE, "Dial 2.0 is designed so that counties can move more swiftly into more restrictive levels when their numbers go up." The county will be eligible to move to Level Blue once it reaches no more than a 5% positivity rate and has 15 to 100 new cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period. Right now, the county is seeing a 5.80% positivity rate with an incidence rate of 122.4 cases per 100,000 people.
The variance for the Broadmoor Hotel would allow extra outdoor dining for parties of 20, upping it from 10, and it would increase outdoor event limits from 175 to 250 people. It has also been requested to increase indoor dining capacity to 250 people per room in their restaurants.
The resort has also asked to increase outdoor event capacity to 750 people per event space. They have also asked to increase indoor recreational activities capacity to 150 people per room, including the Fitness Center, Bowling Alley, the Spa, the Salon and the indoor tennis courts.
Commissioner Williams was excused to forward this request to the state