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A new Public Health Order issued by the City and County of Denver means that 5 Star approved businesses may allow up to 50 additional people in each setting beyond the limits set for non-certified industries or sectors. However, restaurants, indoor events and recreation (including gyms, recreation centers and pools) may only operate at the Level Blue restrictions.
Any Denver 5 Star Certified Businesses who do not wish to continue the program should notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of April 16, 2021, all Denver businesses may operate at Level Blue capacity.
The 5 Star program allows certified businesses that implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders to expand operational capacity. Business sectors eligible are: General Business, Personal Services, Indoor Events (venues for meetings, receptions, concerts, trade shows and other), Outdoor Events, Restaurants, Gyms, Sports Facilities, and XL Events.
More information can be found on the State’s info sheet here.
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A Denver 5 Star Certification Is Still Valuable While We are in Level Blue
5 Star approved businesses may allow up to 50 additional people in each setting beyond the limits set for non-certified industries or sectors. However, restaurants, indoor events and recreation (including gyms, recreation centers and pools) may only operate at the Level Blue restrictions.
Before you apply for the 5 Star program, please download and review the following checklists:
If you need language interpretation services for this program, please contact us at email@example.com.
Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning via CART can be provided. Three business days' notice is requested, so please contact us at SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org.
For all other public accommodation requests/concerns, contact us at DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to the payment portal.
For Individual Business Entities, please apply here:
Multi-Tenant Buildings: Intake Form for Hotels, Food Courts, Food/Retail Marketplaces, please submit your info here:
Please fill out this form if you are a business that is seeking to apply for 5 Star Certification for more than one business at one location. (Example: hotels, food courts, food/retail marketplaces)
Click here to download a sample application.
*Application fees are based on estimated 2019 gross annual revenue.
|Less than $1 million = $25|
|$1 million to $5 million = $75|
|Greater than $5 million = $150|
Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions for the Denver 5 Star Program. If you have additional questions, please contact us at (970) 795.8386.
To file a complaint, contact the City of Denver by calling 3-1-1 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the business name, location, date and reason you are filing a complaint.
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Use the links below to watch one of three Town Halls that provided a walk-through of the Denver 5 Star Certification process:
About The 5 Star Certification Program
The State of Colorado has issued parameters for counties to build a 5 Star State Certification business variance program. The program requires businesses certified through the program to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines that will help slow the spread of COVID-19, and in doing so, they will be able to expand operations. This program is for responsible businesses that are following public health guidance and going above and beyond to prioritize the health and safety of their staff and customers. Business sectors eligible to apply for the 5 Star program are: General Business, Personal Services, Indoor Events, Restaurants and Gyms.
More details on the 5 Star program can be found here.
Denver has been approved by the State to implement the 5 Star Certification Program and is working in partnership with the City, VISIT DENVER and H2 Manufacturing Solutions will manage the day-to-day operations, with oversight from the Denver 5 Star Administrative Committee, comprised of public, private, and nonprofit leaders across the city.
Click here to see the members of Denver's 5 Star Administration and Outreach committees.
Click here for more information on Denver’s response to COVID-19.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has given the City and County of Denver’s 5 Star Administrative Committee the authority to enforce and revoke a certification if a business is noncompliant with 5 Star Certification Program Requirements as set forth by CDPHE.
The City and County of Denver’s public health order restrictions are based on the State of Colorado’s COVID dial, and any changes to Denver’s orders or the State’s orders may affect the restrictions and allowances under the Denver 5 Star Program.
CDPHE may suspend the City and County of Denver’s 5 Star Certification program due to public health concerns thereby suspending the benefits of the certification. City of and County of Denver may suspend the 5 Star Program due to public health concerns thereby suspending benefits of the certification.
Celebrating 112 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A total of 17.7 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2019, generating $6 billion in spending, while supporting more than 60,000 jobs, making Tourism one of the largest industries in Denver.
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H2 Manufacturing Solutions helps businesses drive revenue growth and efficiency by offering a broad range of services. From consulting services that help businesses determine how to expand and pivot into new markets to technical sales expertise that identifies best-in-class equipment to drive operational improvement and efficiency, H2 makes businesses’ day-to-day challenges more manageable through strategic, technical, user experience and marketing expertise. Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results.
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