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Posted on: May 22, 2020

City of Wheat Ridge Provides Guidance for Potential Outdoor Operations of Businesses

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In anticipation of information from Governor Polis planned for release on Monday, May 25, regarding a gradual reopening of businesses, the City has prepared some guidelines for outdoor operations.

As of May 9, 2020, the City of Wheat Ridge is following the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) Safer-at-Home Order.  Under this order, some businesses may reopen following specific State and County guidance. JCPH has issued FAQs that direct businesses to coordinate with the City, specifically pertaining to outdoor operations and interior modifications; this document provides guidance on those two topics. 

The City acknowledges that some businesses may want or need to expand into auxiliary space outside. A document outlining Temporary Outdoor Business Operations and Interior Modifications has been created providing guidance summarizing temporary relief being offered to businesses through October 31, 2020 by Wheat Ridge Executive Order 2020-2 as follows:

  • Outdoor space is permitted for business operations on private property;
  • In most cases, permits are not required; and
  • The City’s review of liquor license premises modifications will be processed administratively.

Note: This guidance and the relief offered by Executive Order 2020-2 are subject to change.  These guidelines may be used in preparation for reopening but in no way allow business operations which are not otherwise authorized by the State and County.  Reopening of bars and restaurants for on-premise dining (inside or outside) will be determined by the state and county and this guidance should be utlized in conjunction with state and county rules.  

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