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Lake County has moved ahead with an amended Pubic Health Order allowing for on-site dining at licensed retail food establishments (otherwise referred to as restaurants) beginning Wednesday, May 27, and to permit lodging businesses to welcome guests beginning June 1. This reopening follows weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic known as COVID-19.

According to Lake County Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer Beth Helmke, the Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), moved the timeline for retail food establishments up to May 27  from the June 1 date. That June 1 date was initially communicated by LCPHA in order to align with the state’s updated Safer-At-Home guidelines issued today by Governor Polis.

The full amendment can be accessed here. (For reference, the original standing Public Health Order (Apr 23, 2020) that is being amended is here.) The re-opening excludes bars, brewpubs, and private clubs, in accordance with current Colorado Public Health and Environment guidelines.

All retail food establishments and lodging businesses are expected to review LCPHA guidance on the county’s application process and re-opening requirements here.

Those with questions should contact LCPHA Environmental Health at or 719-486-2413, ext. 2 with questions.