Colorado Guidelines to Reopening Indoor Event Venues During COVID-19

Here are the latest guidelines (AUGUST 2020) for indoor event venues as set forth by Colorado officials. This DOES include entertainment venues such as live theatre. CLICK 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.

Updated post August 2020