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 May 11, 2021

COVID Graphic May 11, 2021


As of April 16, the City and County of Denver, with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), is directing ongoing pandemic response regarding capacities. 

Denver's current Level Blue status:

Indoor Events: 

Indoor seated and unseated can operate at 100% capacity up to 500 people (excluding staff), whichever is less, per room within their usable space with 6 feet distancing required between parties. Seated events can place up to 10 people at a table with tables spaced 6' feet apart.

Indoor events with over 500 people must consult with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment.

Outdoor Events:

Outdoor seated and unseated events may operate at 100% capacity up to 5,000 people with a written mitigation plan that facilitates social distancing between parties. If an outdoor event is more than 5,000 people, the planner must first consult with the DDPHE.

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. Certified 5 Star businesses may allow up to 50 additional people in each setting beyond the limits set for non-certified industries or sectors except that restaurants, indoor events and recreation (including gyms, recreation centers and pools) may only operate at the Level Blue restrictions. Learn more about Denver’s 5 Star Program here.

Face coverings are required in Denver for those ages 3 and older in personal service facilities, grocery stores, large retail stores, local government buildings, on public transportation, and when in public indoor settings where 10 or more unvaccinated people, or people of unknown vaccination status, are present. Masks are not required in outdoor settings, indoor settings with nine or fewer people (except for those settings that still require masks), or in indoor settings of 10 or more people where 80% of individuals have shown proof of vaccination. Face coverings are required in the State of Colorado for those age 11 and older in state government facilities, personal services, schools, and more. This statewide order is in effect through June 1, 2021. 


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 &f; 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 
Together by Hyatt: Reimagining Events 
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 May 11, 2021


Header images credits: Mural by artist Austin Zucchini-Fowler​, photo by @vasuskin via Instagram; Bluebird Theater photo by sonj85 via Instagram.