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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Adams County moves to new Severe Risk Red Level, indoor restaurant seating no longer permitted

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Due to rapid and widespread COVID-19 transmission, the City of Brighton will be subject to new guidelines as part of Adams County’s move to the new Red Level - Severe Risk by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Under the new guidelines, restaurants will no longer be allowed to seat patrons indoors, last call will be at 8 p.m. and bars will be closed. The new guidelines go into effect on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. and ends Friday, Dec. 18. At that point, the county’s numbers will be reviewed by CDPHE to make further determinations.


The new guidelines come as CDPHE’s Risk Dial Levels added a Level Purple - Extreme Risk for counties where hospitals are at extreme risk of exceeding capacity. Level Red - Severe Risk is identified right before Level Purple, and is for counties with high levels of transmission, hospitalizations and positivity rates.


Additional restrictions under the new guidelines:

  • People are advised to stay at home as much as possible.

  • Gatherings of any size are not allowed.

  • Schools: Preschool through fifth grade, in-person, hybrid or remote as appropriate; middle school, in-person, hybrid or remote suggested; high school, hybrid or remote suggested.

  • Higher education: Remote learning is suggested, with limited in-person when necessary.

  • Child care is open.

  • Places of worship and life rites are limited to 25-percent capacity or 50 people at indoor functions. For outdoor functions, people must maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

  • Restaurants are limited to open-air dining with only groups of their own household.

  • 10-percent remote office work is strongly encouraged.

  • Gyms: 10-percent capacity with a maximum of 10 people indoors per room. Outdoor groups must be less than 10. Reservations are required.

  • Group sports and camps: Virtual or outdoors in groups of less than 10.

  • Critical and non-critical retail: 50-percent capacity with increased curbside pickup. Dedicated hours for seniors and those at-risk are encouraged.

  • Personal services: 25-percent capacity or 25 people.

  • Limited health care settings: 25-percent capacity or 25 people.

  • Indoor events and entertainment are closed.

  • Outdoor events and entertainment: 25-percent capacity or 75 people. Attend only with members of your own household and maintain 6 feet of social distancing from other groups.

  • Outdoor guided services: 25-percent capacity or less than 10 people.

For the full list of restrictions, click here

The majority of City of Brighton facilities remain closed to the public. For individuals with specific needs, please contact the department you would like to reach or you can call the city’s main phone line at 303-655-2000. Residents may also visit www.brightonco.gov for many online services.


Effective Saturday, Nov. 21, all patrons who’d like to use the Brighton Recreation Center will need to make a reservation to use the facility. Reservations will be in 75-minute time blocks with a 15-minute cleaning time between each block. A reservation can be made by calling the facility at 303-655-2200 Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturdays 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:15 - 4 pm. You can also make a reservation via smartphone by visiting the App Store and downloading the “Brighton Rec Center Schedule” app. Reservations can be made 48 hours in advance. Reservations for Nov. 21 and 22 can be made starting Nov. 20 at 6:15 a.m. 


The Rec Center’s pool slide will be closed until further notice. Leisure pool is limited to one household (up to 4 people of the same household). Pool reservations must be prepaid, all other reservations will not. 


In addition, the facility will operate with a maximum of 10 people per room to help with social distancing. 


Patrons are welcome to use their memberships, household credits or cash, check or credit cards. 


The Brighton Police Department remains open to the public. 


All future meetings for City Council, as well as City Boards and Commissions, will be held virtually through the end of the year.


For questions, please contact communications@brightonco.gov.



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