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Pueblo County moving into "high risk" on state dial Saturday

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 17:58:47-05

PUEBLO — Pueblo County Department of Public Health officials announced last Thursday that the county would be moving into the "high risk" level on the state COVID-19 dial Saturday.

Earlier this week, the county health department was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment of the pending move to a more restrictive level on the COVID-19 dial. The county will be in Safer At Home Orange effective at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The move to a more restrictive level means the county will lose its variances, which could result in the closure of some businesses. Other businesses may have further limits or restrictions on capacity. In the "high risk" level, capacity is set at 25%. El Paso County will be in the "high risk" level effective Friday at 5 p.m.

Some of the new guidelines and restrictions include:

  • Restaurants: Indoors: 25% capacity or up to 50 people; Outdoors: six feet between parties
  • Offices: 25% capacity
  • Gyms/Fitness: 25% capacity up to 25 people indoors, or outdoors in groups less than 10
  • Retail: 25% capacity

All Safer at Home levels limit personal gatherings to 10 or fewer people from no more than two households, and there are various capacity limits for other activities.

Pueblo's Mayor, Nick Gradisar, has signed an extension of the Declaration of a Civil Emergency and Emergency curfew on Thursday.

This extension begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 and will be active until 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

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