Colorado Guidelines for Indoor Event Venues During COVID-19 (published August 2020)

Colorado Guidelines (AUGUST 2020) for indoor event venues as set forth by Colorado officials. This DOES include entertainment venues such as live theatre. For the most current informationCLICK HERE


  • Performances must be a minimum of 25 feet distance from patrons
  • Participants (e.g., players, performers, actors, competitors, entertainers, etc.) in events should have their symptoms checked, and participants who have been in close contact with an exposed or symptomatic person (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) should not participate and should self-quarantine.
  • Adopt seating and spacing modifications to increase physical distance from a performer.
  • Where necessary, install barriers to minimize travel of aerosolized particles from performers, or implement alternative placement of performers.
  • Maximize physical spacing between performers on-stage.
  • Performers should use a separate entrance/exit than patrons where possible.
  • Performers are not included in capacity limits so long as they do not join the spectator/patron areas at any time. If performers join the patron spaces, they must be included in the capacity limit numbers.
  • Disinfect high-touch areas and equipment such as: microphones, instruments, props, etc… between uses.


  • Limit capacity depending on venue size accounting for usable square footage* with a maximum of 100 people per room. 100 is the indoor variance limit for areas of “medium” viral spread. If counties want to achieve higher capacity levels, they need to seek a variance.
  • Capacity for square footage of usable space should be calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator.
  • Collect contact information of guests or attendees through tactics like taking reservations, requiring RSVPs, or having sign-in sheets, and times of arrival and departure to help with potential exposure notification whenever possible.
  • Provide generous and flexible cancellation policies so that if guests start experiencing symptoms, they can cancel.
  • Ensure 6 feet or more distancing between all employees, customers, contractors and visitors.
  • Must create a queue at entrances that ensure a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals and pace entry to prevent congestion.
  • Operate on a one-in-one-out basis when at capacity.
  • Give reminders to observe 6 feet physical distancing before, during, and after events.
  • Post signage with easy to interpret graphics in commonly used languages reminding everyone to maintain 6 feet of distance, wear masks, wash hands, etc.
  • Establish single-direction traffic flow in and out of venue and seating areas. Consider separate entrances and exits.
  • If the event is catered, do not allow for self-service stations or buffets.
  • Enhance cleaning and disinfection of common touch points (doors, stairwell handles, light switch, elevator switch, etc.). CDC cleaning guidance
  • Ensure ventilation at the venue is in line with or exceeds OSHA guidance.
  • Install touchless hand sanitizing stations at entrances and in high-traffic areas.
  • Deploy plexiglass barriers where appropriate.
  • Limit, wherever possible, the sharing of tools, equipment, or other shared resources (not involved in games or activities).
  • Catering services or food services should be seated-only. Food and drink services must follow the same guidelines as restaurants and bars.