DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Douglas County commissioners voted to opt out of the Tri-County public health order which would essentially take over after the state’s COVID-19 dial expires on April 16. The order would have businesses operate at level blue restrictions.

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The vote on April 13 means businesses can have 100% capacity. However, a mask mandate, ordered by Gov. Jared Polis, is still in effect through early May.

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Restrictions on large gatherings are also still in place.

Low COVID-19 metrics were cited as reasons for the vote.

Commissioners cited what they describe as low infection rates, ample hospital capacity, and no deaths since Feb. 15.

Tri-County Health told CBS4’s Andrea Flores they expected Douglas County to opt out. They unveiled their own COVID-19 dial which would move participating counties to level blue through May 16.

Following that phase, counties would move to level clear for several months while health experts observe COVID-19 numbers.

Danielle Chavira