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Teller County variance request approved with amendments

Posted at 1:02 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 15:02:13-04

TELLER COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has approved a variance request for Teller County.

The county requested a variance to portions of the Safer-at-Home Order and it has been approved, with amendments.

Planned large gatherings are allowed but must be reviewed by the county health department. The plans must include a minimum of 6-feet distancing between participants and require face coverings. Events with higher risk of spread like fairs & concerts are not allowed.

In a confined indoor space, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit.

For all settings, employees and contracted workers will be monitored daily for symptoms and be required to wear coverings at all times while working.

The state also issued requirements for opening restaurants, to include customers wearing face coverings until they are seated and limiting group parties to six people.

Self-serving stations will also remain closed and there will be no public sharing of things like utensils or condiments.

The state also issued requirements for places of worship, gyms, and movie theaters to open.

At this time, bars and casinos will remain closed.

The state said in its letter to Teller County that if the County’s threshold of 15 more cases in a week occurs, then this variance is automatically rescinded. Additionally, the CDPHE reserves the right to modify or rescind this variance approval as circumstances warrant.

You can read the state's approval of Teller County's variance request, as well as a full list of requirements for various businesses to reopen here: Teller County Variance Decision.