The Tri-County Health Department voted July 8, 5 to 4, in favor of a public health order requiring face masks be worn in public places. Metro area residents donned masks, July 10, while shopping and working at the Stanley Marketplace. Photo by PHILIP B. POSTON/Sentinel Colorado

AURORA | Some businesses in Adams and Arapahoe counties will see relaxed COVID-19 restrictions starting Wednesday, as Colorado met a vaccination goal and case numbers in the region remain much lower than the fall spike. 

The counties announced Wednesday that 5 Star certified businesses, which take more COVID-19 precautions to earn relaxed rules, will operate at level Blue on the state’s restrictions dial.

Among those certified businesses: 

  • Restaurants can fill up to 50% capacity, no more than 175 people. 
  • Last call for a drink is now 12 a.m. Previously it was 11 p.m. 
  • Gyms can allow 50% capacity but with up to 175 people indoors, up from no more than 50 people. That’s also true for indoor, unseated entertainment events 
  • Group sport activities can include up to 50 people, up from 25. 

5 Star businesses in Douglas County may also operate under level Blue restrictions, according to the state health department.

The special businesses can operate under relaxed rules because Colorado met Gov. Jared Polis’  goal this week of vaccinating 70% of Coloradans aged 70 and up. 

Between the two counties, hundreds of businesses have earned the certifications. See the full list in Arapahoe County here and in Adams County here. 

All other businesses in Arapahoe and Adams counties are still operating under the Yellow level rules on the COVID-19 dial, which you can see here.