Mesa County reopening moves into second phase

More businesses have reopened and expanded operations in Mesa County under a second variance from state coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Mesa County Public Health received approval to proceed with the second phase of guidelines that allow most businesses to reopen and expand operations to up to half capacity.

The next step in the reopening process occurs as the occurrence of positive COVID-19 cases remains low. According to the latest numbers from Mesa County Public Health, 62 cases have been detected. No deaths have been attributed to the disease.

Under the second phase of what’s called the Safer at Home plan, businesses may reopen and expand to up to 50 percent capacity up to a maximum of 175 people in confirmed indoor spaces. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.

Businesses may reopen or expand operations by submitting online applications to Mesa County Public Health. In completing the applications, businesses describe how they’ll implement social distancing, cleaning procedures and other health and safety practices.

Businesses must post signs or mark floors as well as arrange equipment and furniture to keep people at least 6 feet apart. Signs at entrances should encourage or require face coverings.

One-way entrances and exits and directional walkways must be implemented and physical barriers erected in close-contact situations for cashiers or checkout stations. Hand sanitizer stations or handwashing facilities must be available.

Businesses also must frequently clean and disinfect bathrooms and high-touch surfaces as well as maintain records of cleanings.

Employees who come into contact with the public must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths.

Following online approval of applications, Mesa County Public Health conducts audits to ensure practices are followed and address any questions that arise.

For more information about Phase 2 of the Safer at Home plan, visit the Mesa County Public Health website located at