Douglas County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to pull out of Tri-County Health Department's public health order Tuesday and will allow restaurants to operate at 100% capacity beginning Friday.
Currently, Douglas County is operating at the state's COVID dial level yellow, but will move down to Level Blue effective Friday due to the resolution. However, the state's mask mandate -- that will expire on May 3 -- and regulations on large gatherings will remain in place.
"We trust our citizens and businesses to think and act for themselves to protect their lives and livelihoods," the commissioners wrote in a statement.
"Our Board will remain nimble and continue to monitor COVID-19 data trends daily, with the intent to collaborate with the State and Tri-County Health Department on prudent, science-based responses to those trends which best serve our citizens."
Throughout the meeting, the three commissioners cited low infection rates, ample hospital capacity and no reported deaths in the county since Feb. 15 as justification for the vote.