Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry

March 19th, 2020

The information below is from our partners at the Colorado Restaurant Association.

Please visit their website directly at

On Havana Street has over 100 restaurants in our 4.3 miles and wanted to share this CRA resource page. It has many helpful and updated information.

The restaurant industry is one of the most highly trained industries in matters of disease transmission and prevention. Our industry and our employees are highly regulated, and we are already utilizing proven methods to prevent the spread of disease. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transferred to humans through food.

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Upcoming Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall on Labor Law, Insurance, and Advocacy in the wake of COVID-19. Learn more and register here.

Advocacy Efforts and Relief Updates

We’re working on many pieces of relief on your behalf, and will keep a running list of our efforts and what has been accomplished here.

Business Resources

Employee Resources

Emergency Orders


State recommendations on canceling events of 250+: click here.
Implications for restaurants with capacity of 250+: click here.

Angel Relief Fund

The Angel Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship. In the wake of COVID-19, this means raising funds to provide grants to restaurant and hospitality workers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, who are self-quarantined under doctor’s care, or who are unable to receive government assistance and have been out of work for more than a month.

At this time, we cannot provide grants for lost wages, but we have a list of resources for employees who have been displaced to access this kind of assistance. This is a fluid situation that could change with state and federal government mandates or an influx of funding, so our grant eligibility could change. Please keep checking the Angel Relief Fund page for updates.

To make a donation to the Angel Relief Fund, click here. 100% of the money donated to the Angel Relief Fund goes to industry employees in need. Any amount you can donate, no matter how small, will help.

Past Statewide Member Communications on COVID-19

Federal Relief bill and March 18 update on advocacy efforts, click here.
Delivery, take-out, and drive-thru recommendations and rules, click here.
Statewide closure details plus emergency resources: click here
What we’re asking for at the federal, state, and local level (with caveat that this continues to evolve as we learn more): click here.
Health department recommendations for restaurants, state recommendations on canceling gatherings of 250+: click here.
Paid sick leave, how to prepare, how to communicate to guests: click here

Past Local Communications on COVID-19



Helpful Links

What You Can Do in Your Restaurant

It is very likely that restaurateurs are already using many of these techniques in their business. Programs such as ServSafe prepare restaurant managers and employees with the necessary skills to prevent the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19.

If you are notified that a patron with transmittable COVID-19 has visited your restaurant and may have infected others, please call the CO HELP hotline at 1-877-462-2911 housed in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The public health experts on the hotline will be able to offer further instructions and precautionary measures.

If you have an employee who tests positive for COVID-19, contact your local public health agency and CDPHE (303-692-2700) immediately.