On Tuesday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued COVID-19 guidance regarding “children’s day camps, youth sports camps and restaurants.” At 12 a.m. Wednesday the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department amended the local public health order to allow restaurants to again offer dine-in services, to allow privately owned campgrounds and RV parks to open for use and make provisions for children day camps — albeit while maintaining the social distancing requirements of the order that still remain in effect.

“All events and gatherings of more than 10 people, including employees and attendees are prohibited until further notice, with the exception of Children’s Day Camps, Youth Sports Camps and Restaurants/Food Service,” reads an amended paragraph from the order.

Continues the amendment, “Restaurants, although encouraged to continue curbside pick-up/delivery, are allowed to provide dine-in service, subject to the CDPHE’s ‘Guidance for Restaurants and Food Services’… Restaurants wishing to provide dine-in services shall complete the ‘Restaurant Compliance Checklist provided by (Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department) as well as comply with local and state guidelines for social distancing.”

Meanwhile, privately owned campgrounds can open at 50 percent capacities, leaving every other campsite open to allow for proper social distancing.

Day camps and youth sports camps for children will have to complete a check list from the district health department.

“This order continues social distancing requirements for all residents and ‘Stay-at-Home’ requirements for vulnerable populations…” wrote the district health department of the order. “Public health experts recommend we practice social distancing, or maintaining a physical distance of six feet, or more, from other people as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Evidence shows that social distancing and the ‘Stay-at-Home’ orders have helped slow the increase of cases and rate of infection.

“While taking these additional steps toward resuming our daily lives, state and local health departments continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and additional precautions may be necessary in the future.”

Read the full order at www.thechronicle-news.com.

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