Updated 3:19 p.m.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, counties across the state will move to a less restrictive level on Colorado's color-coded COVID-19 dial system. That means places like gyms and restaurants will have larger crowds.
The state health department updated the dial to make it easier for counties to move from one level to another by adjusting some of the metrics it uses to track coronavirus cases. The change comes as many of Colorado's most vulnerable are vaccinated and case counts continue to decline.
While some educators were moved up the eligibility line for vaccines and will start to get their shots as of Feb. 8, higher education workers were not included in that group. In the meantime, the state is also encouraging providers to focus on helping Colorado meet targets for ensuring equitable distribution to Black and Latino senior citizens.