Our Standards are a Mile High
VISIT DENVER is continually monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 and is following the lead of local, state and national health and travel authorities. The safety and well being of our community, partners and visitors is our number one priority. We are fully engaged with local and state officials to coordinate a safe return for visitors and meetings. Our hospitality community is working together to implement enhanced procedures to safely welcome you back with our Mile High Standards.
Last reviewed April 8, 2021
Denver's current Level Yellow status:
Indoor seated events can operate at 50% capacity or 150 people, whichever is less, per room within their usable space (See Public Health Order (PHO) 20-36, Page 11). For indoor seated events, the distancing space calculator is not needed and the available space may be calculated using 6' distancing (See PHO, Page 59). In addition, seated events can place up to 10 people at a table with tables spaced 6' feet apart (See Colorado Guidance for Indoor Events).
Indoor unseated events can operate at 50% capacity or 150 people, whichever is less, per room within their usable space. For unseated events with 50 or fewer people, the distancing space calculator is not needed. For unseated event with more than 50 people, the calculator is needed (See PHO, Page 11).
Outdoor seated events may operate at 50% capacity not to exceed 175 people, whichever is less, per designated activity or area (See PHO, Page 11). The distancing space calculator is not needed for outdoor seated events and the available space may be calculated using 6' distancing (see PHO, Page 59). Seated events can place up to 10 people, at a table with tables spaced 6' feet apart.
Outdoor unseated events may operate at 50% capacity or up to 175 people, whichever is less, within the usable space calculated using the distancing space calculator.
Denver’s 5 Star Certification Program:
The 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. Currently, approved 5 Star certified businesses are allowed to operate at Level Blue. Learn more about Denver’s 5 Star Program here and see Level Blue Capacity levels here.
Face coverings are required in the State of Colorado for those age 11 and older in public, indoor settings including state government facilities, personal services, schools, and more, and when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals of unknown vaccination status are present. This statewide order is in effect through May 2, 2021. Face coverings are required in Denver for those ages 3 and older in most indoor and outdoor settings.
Detailed guidance for events is provided below.
Social Distancing Calculator
Colorado Guidance for Indoor Events
Colorado Guidance for Outdoor Events
*Please note, we realize there are inconsistencies between various documents, which the State is working to address.
Colorado Tourism Office
State of Colorado COVID-19 Information
Guidance for schools, workplaces, & communities
Guidance for Colorado ski areas and resorts
Colorado Exposure Notifications
Colorado Vaccination Dashboard
CDC Toolkit for Domestic Travelers
CDC's Efforts/President's Plan for Reopening America
CDC's Travel Guidance
CDC's Info for Businesses and Workplaces
CDC Considerations for Events and Gatherings
CDC/White House Opening Up America Again
CDC Guidance Public Transportation
OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
US Travel Association Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
CDC Holiday Guidance
Small Business, Tourism Worker & Artist Resources
Meetings Mean Business Coalition: Resources, Guidance Factsheet, and Meet Safe platform
Events Industry Council
PRA Tactical Design Checklist
World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels Global Protocols
We strive to post the most current and accurate information here, but changes do occur. Please check directly with individual businesses and organizations to confirm their most up-to-date guidelines.
Last reviewed April 8, 2021
Header images credits: Mural by artist Austin Zucchini-Fowler, photo by @vasuskin via Instagram; Bluebird Theater photo by sonj85 via Instagram.