DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado health officials are seeking feedback on proposed changes to the state’s COVID-19 clock face. The new metrics would ease the county’s restrictions as more and more Coloradans get vaccinated against the virus.

(Credit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment created the dial in September to set a standard for how communities work based on virus prevalence and hospital stays. The aim is to prevent local hospitals from reaching their capacities.

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Dial 3.0 would make metrics less restrictive while protecting public health.

“It’s all about a balance. We have put in place the restrictions we need to slow the disease as we seek to limit the impact and associated effects of closing parts of the state, ”said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of CDPHE.

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Draft Proposal for Dial 3.0 Metrics (Image credit: CDPHE)

Proposed changes:

  • No limit on the size of face-to-face meetings
  • Blue & Green Level: No capacity restrictions for outdoor events. However, counties can add restrictions at the local level.
  • Most of the restrictions have been removed from Level Green
  • Level Green: Bars, fitness studios and indoor events can be operated with a capacity of 50% for up to 500 people
  • Blue level: The capacity limit for bars is 25% up to 75 people
  • Blue level: Retail, offices and non-critical manufacturing can open up to 75% of the 50% capacity.
  • Blue level: 5-star certified companies can be utilized to 60%
    • Up to 50 people for restaurants and indoor events
    • Up to 25 people for gyms

COVID-19 Vote on March 19 (Image credit: CDPHE)


Coloradans can review the changes to Dial 3.0 and provide feedback online. The deadline for submitting the form is March 22 at noon. CDPHE plans to publish the final guidelines for March 23 come into effect with the new dial March 24th.

The state plans to extend the executive order regarding masks 4. April with the following requirements:

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  • Level Green Counties would have a mask order in schools, among care visitors, and other high-risk institutions.
  • Level Blue Counties would have an indoor mask order for more than 10 unrelated people mixing in indoor public settings.
  • Confirm vaccinated individuals and use CDC guidelines for masking

On April 16CDPHE plans to give local health authorities more control over capacity constraints. The voting restrictions would become guidelines for counties to adopt at their own discretion.