Public health orders

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Public health orders and executive orders are essential to keeping Coloradans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the virus spreads via person to person contact, limiting certain types of public gatherings can help save lives. Colorado’s public health orders set rules that help each county protect its residents from the virus while making sure the state’s economy can stay open. Many counties and local municipalities also have their own ordinances.

Public health and executive orders

Mask order

A statewide mask order is currently in place. This order requires people to wear masks in certain public indoor spaces. For more information about where and how to wear a mask, visit our Guidance for wearing masks page.

Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions

This new public health order empowers counties to implement regulations at the local level. Some activities, like mass indoor gatherings, still have statewide regulations. The state still strongly recommends that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more information, consult the full public health order and the summary of changes.

COVID-19 dial framework

Colorado’s dial framework standardized different levels of “openness” at the county level. While the dial evolved into Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions on April 16, counties can still use the dial framework as guidance and to set restrictions at the local level.