Colorado's health department released a new public health order on Monday intended to clarify and streamline guidance, according to a news release.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CPDHE) has been communicating the severity and risk of Covid-19 in the state through both a color-coded dial and numbered "Safer at Home" levels.
Now the two systems will be combined and the numbers removed. The change is "intended to be more easily understood by Coloradans already accustomed to ... color-coded warning systems," according to the guidelines.
"We are at a pivotal juncture. We need to change course ... to prevent more Coloradans from getting severely sick," CPDHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan said in a statement. "We need everyone to step up."
The state designates color codes by county, according to the CPDHE website.
The new guidelines:
- Limit gatherings to 10 people, from no more than two households, while the state is in the lower level Safer at Home color bands.
- Prevent gatherings altogether when the state is in red, the highest level.
- Change indoor and outdoor event capacity guidelines when the state is in the orange range of Safer at Home.
- Require masks and social distancing on public transportation.
The guidelines, which go into effect at midnight on Tuesday, also designate pre-schools and K-12 schools as "Critical Businesses."