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Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors. Help show you care about the well-being of your community during this difficult time by purchasing from local Centennial businesses.

Did you know many Centennial businesses are now Five Star Certified? These businesses have implemented enhanced safety measures to operate with greater capacity.

View a list of Certified Five-Star Partner Businesses.

Five-Star Recovery Partner Program

The Five-Star Recovery Partner Program Certification is a comprehensive health and safety initiative designed to spur economic recovery while keeping customers and employees safe.

Program Update:

Arapahoe County Five-Star partners can operate at Level Blue restrictions.

New applications to the program are being accepted.

How it Works

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The Five-Star Recovery Program certification status is impacted by two factors:

  • A demonstrated compliance with expanded COVID public health guidelines
  • The progress of the County using specific metrics that establish our level on the State’s dial  

Five-Star certified businesses are required to demonstrate compliance with expanded COVID public health guidelines and safety precautions so they can operate with increased capacity limits one level above Arapahoe County’s position in the Statewide dial if the metrics for that level have been achieved.

The metrics used to determine which level we are in is based on the percentage of positive cases, the amount of cases in a two-week period and whether we have stable or declining hospitalizations. Once the metrics have been achieved for each level there is a 7-day waiting period to ensure the metrics are holding steady or declining before businesses are allowed to move to the next less restrictive level.

Since the County is currently under Level Blue restrictions, businesses do not have to apply for the Five-Star Program to be eligible for those capacities, but certified Five-Star partners are able to add 50 people beyond Level Blue limits as long they have adequate space for social distancing. We still are encouraging businesses to apply for the program and have their inspection done, so that when the County’s metrics for COVID rates and vaccinations do improve and sustain, approved businesses will be able to move automatically.

Application and Certification Process

The application is available on the Arapahoe County website. We encourage all businesses carefully review the following requirements on the Arapahoe County website prior to submitting an application:

  • Verify Taxing Location (identify what city or municipality your business is located within)
  • Check industry-specific requirements
  • Prepare Site-Specific Implementation & Compliance Plan

Once a Centennial business has successfully submitted their application, the form will be forwarded to the City for review and scheduling of an on-site inspection. City Inspectors will visually validate business compliance with stated program requirements, using a standard checklist(PDF, 79KB) . Once a business successfully passes inspection and submits any additional site-specific plans, they will receive an email informing them of program acceptance and a certificate to print and display in their window. Businesses that fail inspection will be able to correct any issues and reapply.

Read more about application requirements and the certification process on the Arapahoe County website.

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