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Pueblo’s public health order lifted; businesses, activities fully open

by Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment
May 17, 2021
Photo by Kaique Rocha from Pexels
Photo by Kaique Rocha from Pexels

The Pueblo County Board of Health rescinded the local Pueblo County Public Health Order today, lifting all local requirements for businesses and events. The local order was rescinded to align with most recent state executive and public health orders. The changes went into effect immediately.

Public Health Director, Randy Evetts, noted that the landscape has changed significantly in the past few days. “Rescinding the local order allows Pueblo to align with the new guidance from the CDC and the new state orders.”

Lifting the order resulted in the local dial going away and capacity restrictions lifted for all businesses. The only restrictions will be those directed by the State or Federal government in their current or subsequent orders. Businesses may choose to implement restrictions such as mask wearing in their establishment, but it is not required.

Evetts added, “This pandemic is not over, COVID-19 is still circulating in Pueblo County and across the nation, and until more individuals are vaccinated, we should continue to take actions that prevent the spread of the disease. Vaccines are widely available in our community now and they are free. I encourage those who have not been vaccinated who are eligible, those age 12 and above, to get the vaccine. The greater the number of those vaccinated in our community, the less likely we will have future surges in cases, hospitalizations, or deaths.”

Pueblo is moving forward with the following

  • Encouraging community members to protect themselves with a vaccination
  • Mask are not required, yet encouraged when not vaccinated or around others who do not live in your household
  • In schools, mask are to be worn per state executive order D2021 103
  • Isolation and quarantine continue per federal and state disease reporting requirements and to reduce the spread of disease
  • PDPHE will continue to monitor COVID-19 illness in community including closely monitoring hospitalizations to determine the severity of COVID-19 infections. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does have authority to require additional restrictions if necessary.
  • Businesses can make the decision and set more restrictive requirements, even if they are not required by the county or state
  • Under 500 people may gather without restrictions, per Second Amended Colorado Public Health Order 20-38

Pueblo is working towards a goal of 70% of eligible population receive a COVID-19 vaccine to move the community forward and reduce the rate the virus spreads. Currently 48.4% of eligible individuals age 16+ have received the vaccine in Pueblo County.

“Vaccination is available in Pueblo at providers, pharmacies, mobile vaccine units, clinics and at the fairgrounds. Now is the time to get vaccinated. Do your part, take the time to get vaccinated,” emphasized Evetts.

Vaccine is available at the fairgrounds seven days a week, weather permitting, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Information about vaccine available is available at www.pueblohealth.org/vaccine or (719) 583-4444.

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