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 Events: 

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 Events:

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. 

*Please note, we realize there are inconsistencies between various documents, which the State is working to address. 


Denver International Airport (DEN)

In an effort to ensure that passengers feel comfortable traveling and workers are safe, DEN continues to implement enhancements to our facility and our cleaning procedures. DEN is actively monitoring and assessing the potential impacts of the coronavirus and working closely with partners and airlines to reduce the risk to passengers. 

Denver International Airport has launched a new pilot program called Verifly. This program allows health-conscious travelers to move safely through security and to their gate with more reliability and reduced contact. This is a big step in creating a more touchless journey through the airport while enhancing the travelers experience. Check out VeriFLY.

Denver International Airport
RTD's Airport Service Guide 


Colorado Convention Center

The Colorado Convention Center is no longer housing an Alternative Care Facility on the exhibit level. Exhibit Hall Levels will be open beginning April 1, 2021 and our full facility is available for meetings. ASM Global and CenterPlate/Sodexo continue to manage the impact of COVID-19 and have clean and safe protocols in place to protect employees, clients, and consumers.

Colorado Convention Center
ASM Global Environmental Hygiene Program

CenterPlate/Sodexo Best Practices
Rise with Sodexo/Convention Centers

International Association of Venue Managers 
International Association of Exhibitions & Events 
Freeman Exhibitor COVID Resource





The Denver hotel community will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, remain vigilant and follow recommended procedures and protocols from various health organizations, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, other local authorities, and industry-wide hotel cleaning standards through “Safe Stay” initiatives – in an effort to ensure the continued safety & wellbeing of guests and colleagues. 

American Hotel Lodging Association:  AHLA Stay Safe
Colorado Hotel Lodging Association (CHLA)
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
Hilton's CleanStay with Lysol protection
Hyatt's Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment
IHG Clean Promise
Marriott Commitment to Clean
Marriott Commitment to Clean - Hotels Spaces
Omni Safe & Clean Initiative 
Radisson Hotels Health & Safety
Warwick Cares Program
Wyndham Count On Us Health and Safety Protocols


Colorado Guidance for Short-Term Rentals



Meet Safe by PSAV
JSAV Stay Safe Stay Connected


Special Event Venues

Our Special Event Venues are collaborating with vendors across the city in an effort to safely welcome you back to their venues by practicing and following recommended procedures and protocols from various health organizations and industry partners. 

Colorado Guidance for Indoor Events
Colorado Guidance for Outdoor Events
Colorado Guidance for Temporary Outdoor Structures for Restaurants and Events 
Colorado Event Alliance 
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide 



Attractions & Cultural Institutions

From downtown amusement parks to fascinating museums, Denver’s attractions deliver unique and unforgettable experiences. Below is a list (check back often!) of how our cultural facilities and attractions are ensuring a safe and healthy visit. And many of Denver’s attractions and cultural facilities are offering a wide array of online and virtual experiences.The following have announced reopening plans:

Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Zoo
History Colorado



No matter how you get around The Mile High City, you can trust that transportation partners are taking extra precautions for a clean and safe journey.

Public Transportation

Regional Transportation District (RTD) 

Ride Share

Lyft's Health Safety Program

Rental Car

Hertz Gold Standard Clean

Chauffeured Transportation Industry

Presidential Worldwide Transportation

Additional Transportation Resources

CDC Road Travel Toolkit for Transportation Partners
PRA Transportation Safety Considerations
Arrow Stage Lines Ready-to-Ride



Restaurants & Retail

Restaurants and retailers are committed to providing a memorable experience while ensuring staff and customer health. Denver restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining plus carryout, curbside, or delivery service. 


Colorado Guidance for Restaurants and Food Service
Colorado Guidance for Temporary Outdoor Structures for Restaurants and Events 
National Restaurant Association

Colorado Restaurant Association   


Cherry Creek Shopping Center 
Denver Pavilions 

Colorado Retail Guidance 


Stadiums /Arenas /Music Venues

Currently, our venues are not open due to the current gathering mandates. Our Denver venues are taking proactive steps to protect the safety and well being of our products, people, communities and customers. We'll continue to update this as we get more information.   

Empower Field 
Ball Arena

Dicks Sporting Goods Park  

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Aramark Sports & Entertainment Venue Opening Plan
Rise with Sodexo/Sports & Leisure

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.