Summit County officials amend safer-at-home order to permit some businesses to open with up to 50% capacity |

Summit County officials amend safer-at-home order to permit some businesses to open with up to 50% capacity

A couple wearing masks shop at Target in Silverthorne on Wednesday, May 6. Summit County's public health order mandates the use of face coverings in social settings.
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Summit County officials announced Thursday changes to the safer-at-home public health order.

The amended order goes into effect Friday and provides more guidance for businesses planning to reopen, according to a news release from the county. The new order allows noncritical retail businesses to open at up to 50% capacity as long as they have filled out the county’s Physical Distancing Protocols form.

Under the order, retail businesses are only allowed to have a maximum of one person per 100 square feet and individuals have to keep a 6-foot distance from others at all times.

The following are additional changes in the amended order:

  • The order clarifies that people must wear face coverings in any building open to the general public.
  • Retail stores are allowed to sell nonessential items along with essential items. Before Friday, stores were required to cordon off nonessential items to discourage people from unnecessary shopping.
  • All businesses, essential and nonessential, must complete the Physical Distancing Protocols form and post it near the building’s entrance.

The rest of the original safer-at-home order remains. For example, child care facilities can open under strict protocols Monday, May 11; short-term rentals and lodging are closed through May 31; and the sale of food and beverage is limited to carry-out.

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