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Most at-risk Fremont County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 1.6 million Coloradoans have been fully vaccinated; thus the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has announced Dial 3.0 devolved from a statewide public health order to county guidance as of 12:01 a.m. April 16.

“With Dial 3.0 becoming guidance instead of an actual order on Friday,  Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment and the Fremont County Board of Health will not be executing any local public health orders that are stricter than what is issued by CDPHE and the governor’s office,” said FCDPHE Director Kayla Marle. “FCDPHE will continue to educate and advocate for individuals to practice the 3Ws: wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance and encourage those that are sick to stay home.”

FCDPHE says that it is encouraging the public to be mindful of those who choose to continue wearing a mask and respectful of businesses and entities that choose to keep mask requirements in place to enter their establishments. It adds that it appreciates everyone’s continued efforts and cooperation to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, CDPHE will be providing a new public health order for indoor seating. It will take this step because CDPHE concluded that it should empower counties to take local measures that are needed for their communities to decrease the spread of COVID-19, reducing the state’s role on the economic impact that Colorado has seen over the last year.

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Dial 3.0 went into effect on March 24, part of a two-phase reopening process for the state. In addition to development of Dial 3.0, Governor Polis has extended Executive Order D 2020 190, requiring masks to be worn till early May, at which time he will reevaluate the situation.

The following changes are to take place under the new public health order that goes into effect on April 16:

  • Public Indoor Space- When more than 100 people are gathered in a room, the setting may operate at 100 percent capacity, not to exceed 500 people, with 6 feet distancing between parties of unvaccinated people or when vaccination status is unknown. This requirement does not apply to licensed retail food establishments.
  • Outdoor Events- Outdoor ticketed, seated event venues in excess of 30,000 square feet require consultation between the local public health agency and CDPHE. This only applies to seated outdoor events.
  • CDPHE has the authority to require counties whose resident hospitalizations threaten to exceed 85 percent of hospital or hospital system capacity to implement additional restrictions to mitigate disease transmission.
  • Public School and childcare settings will be required to follow state guidelines.

Anyone who has questions should contact the CDPHE at 719-276-7450, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is closed on Friday, along with other county departments.

To schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

For more COVID-19 related information, click here or FCDPHE’s COVID-19 dashboard.