Level Up Larimer County–Info You Need

“Level Up” is the buzz phrase for Larimer County’s bars and restaurants. The Level Up program allows county businesses to operate one level below the county’s current COVID safety level.


So what does that mean, exactly? If Larimer County as a whole is at level Yellow (Concern), as it is currently, approved Level Up businesses can operate one level below – in this example, level Blue (Caution). Higher levels come with stricter requirements, but businesses that have been approved can operate with fewer restrictions.



Achieving Level Up status requires a lot from businesses. Bars and restaurants participating in the program must:


● Record customer names and contact information for contact tracing purposes, to be submitted in a weekly spreadsheet

● Submit to the county a proposal to enforce mandatory mask-wearing and describe how signage will be used and how staff will communicate with customers who arrive without masks

● Document use of signage throughout the business labeling 6’ distances to ensure those from different households remain 6’ apart

● Include a plan for regular sanitation and cleaning of high touch surfaces

● Include a plan for daily employee temperature, symptom, and exposure checks

● Include a plan for customer symptom screening, including protocols for those who do not pass symptom screening

● Have a business-specific plan for outbreak detection, reporting, and response

● Provide sufficient quality ventilation including an HVAC system that meets county safety guidelines and maximizing outdoor airflow

● Promote the Exposure Notification Service, through with employees and customers who sign up will be notified if they are potentially exposed to COVID-19

● Display information for customers who wish to lodge a safety violations complaint

● Maintain special hours or accommodations for populations most at-risk

● Have zero prior citations of noncompliance

● Complete a lengthy application, interview, and onsite visit process



Bars and restaurants currently operating at level Blue must adhere to the following guidelines:


● Indoors 50% capacity (max 175 people)


● Outdoors 6’ between parties


● Alcohol sales, including take-out, must conclude by 12 a.m.


● Party size is limited to 10 people or fewer


● Reservations are encouraged to alleviate crowds

Responsible Association of Retailers (RAR) [Logo]

Many of No DUI Larimer’s Responsible Association of Retailers (RAR) bar and restaurant partners have achieved Level Up status, including:

Avuncular Bob’s Beerhouse, Fort Collins

Blind Pig, Fort Collins

Boot Grill, Loveland

Charco Broiler, Fort Collins

CooperSmith’s, Fort Collins

DC Oakes, Fort Collins

Feisty Distillery, Fort Collins

Gilded Goat Brewing Co., Fort Collins

● Ginger & Baker, Fort Collins

High Point Bar, Fort Collins

Jax Fish House, Fort Collins

Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, Fort Collins

The Mayor of Old Town, Fort Collins

McClellan’s Brewing Company, Fort Collins

The Reserve by Old Elk Distillery, Fort Collins

Nick’s Italian, Fort Collins

Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins

The Yeti, Fort Collins

Restaurant 415, Fort Collins

The Regional, Fort Collins

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Fort Collins

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse, Fort Collins

Stuft Burger Bar, Fort Collins

Tony’s Bar and Restaurant, Fort Collins

Trailhead Tavern, Fort Collins

The Barrel, Estes Park

The Whisk(e)y, Fort Collins

William Oliver’s, Fort Collins

Wing Shack, Loveland

Thank you to our RAR members for continuing to keep our NoCo community safe!

For a full list of Level Up bars and restaurants in Larimer County, visit https://nocorecovers.com/level-up-certified-businesses/.

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