Moffat County moved to Level Green Wednesday morning |

Moffat County moved to Level Green Wednesday morning

Just five days after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced it would debut a new “Dial 3.0” and loosen COVID-19 restrictions across the state, Moffat County is benefiting from the changes.

Moffat County became one of the first counties in the state to move to Level Green, which occurred Wednesday at 9 a.m. Moffat County was one of 24 counties in Colorado that was eligible to make the move to green.

The move to green by Moffat County was obtained by the county sustaining seven consecutive days of Level Green metrics as of Monday, March 22.

Public Health and the Board of Public Health previously applied for Level Green in late February, but that application to move to Level Green was put on hold by the CDPHE after changing some of the metrics that counties had to meet for the move.

Roughly three weeks after being notified that its application was on hold, Moffat County will move to Level Green, loosening COVID-19 restrictions in the county. Under Level Green guidance, bars will reopen at 50% capacity, while personal gathering sizes would be left up to local guidance. Capacity sizes across the board would increase to 50%, or 500 people depending on the space and the location, according to the COVID-19 dial.

Prior to the move to Level Green for Moffat County, the CDPHE rolled out a new “Dial 3.0” for the state. The updated dial public health order went into effect Wednesday, and state officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives greater control over capacity restrictions to local public health agencies.

“Coloradans have made great sacrifices to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 over the past year,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “While this is still a time for caution, these changes to the Dial better reflect where we are in the pandemic today, and the balance we are trying to strike between disease suppression and economic hardship.”

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