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 February 22, 2021




Denver's current Level Yellow status: 

Indoor Events: 

Unseated events may operate at 50% capacity or 50 people per room, whichever is less and excluding staff, when not using the social distancing space calculator, or up to 100 people with the calculator. Venues larger than 7,200 square feet may use the calculator to expand to no more than 150 people per room. Seated events may operate at 50% capacity or 150 people per room, whichever is less and excluding staff, using 6’ social distancing between non-household contacts, instead of the calculator.

Outdoor Events:

Unseated may operate at 50% capacity or 175 people, per room, using the social distancing space calculator (12’ distance). Seated events may operate at 50% or 175 people, per room, using 6’ social distancing, instead of the 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), Restaurants and Gyms. Currently, approved 5 Star certified businesses are allowed to operate at Level Yellow. Once 70% of Coloradans ages 70+ are vaccinated, approved 5 Star certified businesses will be allowed to operate at Level Blue. Learn more about Denver’s 5 Star Program here.

Face coverings are required in the State of Colorado for those age 11 and older in public, indoor settings. This statewide order is in effect through March 6, 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. 

COVID County Dial 
Social Distancing Calculator
Colorado Guidance for Indoor Events
Colorado Guidance for Outdoor Events


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

Currently, the Colorado Convention Center houses an Alternative Care Facility on the exhibit floor level only. As of now, there are no patients in the building and the ACF exists as a precaution. ASM Global and CenterPlate/Sodexo are coordinating to manage the impact of COVID-19 and 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 February 22, 2021


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