Your safety is our top priority!

JEI Safety Procedures

  • We have applied the Microshield 360 product to all common touchpoints including slot machines, chairs, table games, and restaurants.  This product creates a barrier that kills bacteria and viruses for a full year.  Tests show a 95% reduction in contamination levels on treated surfaces versus untreated.  It is hypoallergenic and non-toxic, so allow for use on virtually any surface in the casino.  It is also EPA registered and FDA approved.  For more information about Microshield 360
  • You will see us cleaning areas of high traffic with increased frequency; this will be handled not only by our Housekeeping staff, but everyone will be chipping in to help.
  • All employees and guests will be required to wear masks, and you may even see many of our employees wearing gloves.
  • We have invested in thermal cameras to take the temperature of all people entering the building without lines or congregating so you can get to where you are going fast and conveniently.
  • We are increasing the intake of fresh air into the building and we have changed out all the air filters in the property and will have a shorter replacement cycle.
  • We will have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes throughout the properties, and you will see our “Clean Team” disinfecting slot machines after use.
  • Signage will be posted for distancing requirements with recommendations from health experts about how to stay safe.
  • Restaurants will observe social distancing and have instituted additional safety measures such as more frequent cleaning, single use paper menus, and staff-served buffet items.
  • Restaurants will abide by the current state regulations and can only have up to 50 guests at any one time.
  • The White Buffalo Grille will be on reservation only with no walk ups.
  • During opening we have removed slot chairs and our slot machine occupancy will be limited to observe social distancing.
  • Due to the limited space, the VIP office will be temporarily closed to guests.  The VIP Hosts are happy to meet with you at your machine to take care of your needs.


  1. Purpose and Area Subject to Order. This Gilpin County Public Health Order No. 20-11 (“Order”) requires any member of the public where a mask or other Face Covering (“Face Covering”) when out in public or in non-public areas where at least 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained between individuals, subject to certain limited exceptions described herein.  A Face Covering that complies with this Order is described in the attached Appendix 1.  This Order is necessary for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of Gilpin County residents, businesses, visitors, Gilpin County government officials and employees, and the public at large.  This Order applies to the entirety of Gilpin County including the City of Black Hawk and Central City pursuant to C.R.S. § 25-1-510.
  1. Effective Date and Time Limitations. This Order shall become effective on Tuesday July 14, 2020 and will remain in effect unless otherwise amended, superseded, rescinded, or suspended in writing.
  1. Legal Authority. This Order is adopted pursuant to the legal authority set forth C.R.S. § 25-1-506 as well as all other applicable laws, rules, regulations, orders and declarations.  Under this authority, the Board has the power and duty to investigate and control the causes of epidemic or communicable diseases and conditions affecting public health; to establish, maintain, and enforce isolation and quarantine; to exercise physical control over the property and over persons of people within the territorial limits of Gilpin County; to close public places and to prohibit gatherings of people to protect public health; all as the Gilpin County Board of Health may find necessary for the protection of the public health.  Issuance of this Order is deemed reasonable and necessary under the existing circumstances and necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of Gilpin County, its citizens and the general public.
  1. Most Restrictive Standards Control. To the extent any State of Colorado and/or federal orders or laws are more restrictive than what is set forth herein, such orders and laws control.  Individuals should be aware that new orders from Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”) have been and may continue to be issued on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All members of the public are responsible for following the Governor’s and CDPHE’s orders and local orders including this Order.  Additionally, Gilpin County Board of Health may legally require and implement more restrictive standards, requirements, and orders for Gilpin County than what the State of Colorado or the Federal government may require.  To the extent this Order is more restrictive than orders from the State of Colorado or federal government, this Order controls.
  1. Reasons for Adoption of this Order. There is clear evidence that some individuals who contract COVID-19 have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms, which means they are likely unaware they carry the virus. Asymptomatic individuals can transmit the disease, and evidence shows the disease is easily spread, so gatherings of people facilitate transmission of COVID-19. The presence of visitors from many communities throughout the state and the country, if unregulated, may introduce increased illness into the community, imposing burdens on the local economy, local workers, our health care system, public services, first responders, food supplies and other essential services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the absence of a widely available vaccine and/or treatment, we must use other tools, such as physical distancing and Face Coverings, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect health and save lives. The intent of this Order is to minimize contact among individuals and reduce the public’s exposure to COVID-19, while lifting some of the existing restrictions on social, civic, businesses and commercial activities.  Face Coverings and required social distancing are the most readily available and effective tools to help slow the spread of the virus in our community – and, importantly, to reduce the number of potential infected persons and deaths caused by COVID-19. By slowing the spread, we protect our family, friends, and neighbors. By slowing the spread, businesses protect their workers and customers and our local economy.

This Order is intended to build upon continuing efforts to stop COVID-19 from spreading so that Gilpin County and Colorado can continue to move forward in a hoped for and absolutely crucial complete reopening of businesses and government in order to address the economic disaster COVID-19 has caused in Gilpin County and across the United States.  Remember staying healthy means staying open and crucial for a complete reopening.  This Order is also intended to help Gilpin County residents and the public regain greater ability to engage in business, social, and community activities without the danger of COVID-19.   Gilpin County wants to continue in the careful and incremental process of recovery and re-opening while staying vigilant in suppressing the still present health risks from COVID-19, all of which will ensure the health, safety and welfare of Gilpin County officials, employees, residents and the general public.


  1. Specific Face Covering Requirements. Individuals must wear Face Coverings described in Appendix 1 that cover the nose and mouth whenever the individual is: (1) in indoor areas open to the general public; (2) in indoor non-public or private areas where at least 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained among all individuals; or (3)  outdoors  whenever at least 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained among all individuals.  The only exceptions to the Face Covering requirements include the following: (1) individuals consuming food or beverages indoors or outdoors where at least 6 feet of separation is maintained; (2) gatherings of individuals from the same household in non-public areas; (3) any individual whose health would be endangered by wearing a Face Covering; and (4) children under age three should NOT wear a Face Covering because of the risk of suffocation.  Facial Covering requirements are further described in Appendix 1:  Businesses shall deny admittance or service to individuals who refuse to comply with this Order and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a Face Covering.  Businesses should ensure actions taken to comply with this Order are applied consistently to any individual violating this Order and is applied in a manner consistent with the American Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq .), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq .), the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (C.R.S. § 24-34-401 et seq .), and any other relevant federal or state law. Gilpin County Public Health may publish information about any outbreak at a business so that the public is aware of the extent and nature of disease spread in the community.


  1. Failure to comply with this Order is subject to penalties pursuant to C.R.S. § 25-1-516 and C.R.S. § 18-1.3-501 including a fine of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) and imprisonment in the County Jail for up to eighteen (18) months. These penalties apply to any individuals and businesses violating this Order.  Additionally, Gilpin County may shutdown any business that refuses to comply with this Order or has repeated violations of this Order.



Facial Mask or other Facial Covering Requirements

Face Coverings Required.  Subject to limited exceptions below, individuals must wear a Face Covering that cover the nose and mouth whenever the individual is: (1) in indoor areas open to the general public; (2) in indoor non-public or private areas where at least 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained among all individuals; or (3)  outdoors  whenever at least 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained among all individuals.

Exceptions to Facial Covering Requirement

A Face Covering is not required for:

  1. Any person whose health would be endangered by wearing a Face Covering.
  2. Children under age three should NOT wear a Face Covering because of the risk of suffocation. Parents and caregivers must supervise use of Face Coverings by children to avoid misuse.
  3. Individuals consuming food or beverages indoors or outdoors where at least 6 feet of separation is maintained.
  4. Gatherings of individuals from the same household in non-public areas.

Definition of “Face Covering”

“Face Covering,” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Face Coverings may be factory- or handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.

Face Covering Fit & Care

  • Face Coverings should fit snugly and securely without need for frequent adjustment, but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape or be made of disposable material.
  • Face Coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times and should remain in place until they can be removed safely.
  • Face Coverings should be replaced when they become dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through.
  • Face Coverings should be laundered or washed after use.

Face Covering sewing patterns, fit and care information:

Note: Any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not a Face Covering under the Order and should NOT be used to comply. Valves of that type permit droplet release from the mask which can put others nearby at risk.


Facial Coverings are not an exception to the minimum 6-foot social distancing requirements under Colorado’s Safer at Home Orders (CDPHE PHO 20-28 and Governor Executive Order D 2020 044).  The face covering order was determined to be an effective addition to social distancing and hygiene practices when social distancing restrictions are reduced during the Safer-At-Home phase of the COVID-19 response. Face coverings can help to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by reducing exposure to the virus which will help protect vulnerable people and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.


Concerns about others not wearing face coverings in public can call Gilpin County Public Health Coordinator Bonnie Albrecht 303-582-5803.  If Bonnie Albrecht is unavailable the public can call the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office 303-582-1060.  The Gilpin County Public Health Agency the Sheriff’s Office, and other County personnel will be enforcing this Order.

Obtaining a Mask

Where to get Face Coverings

How to make face coverings

Masks and other forms of Face Coverings greatly reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.  The following illustration summarizes the importance of masks in greatly minimizing the risk of infection.

Must be 21+ to enter The Lodge Casino.