As Colorado transitions to Safer at Home guidelines, we wanted to share this guidance from the Governor’s office. Please note that Denver’s Stay at Home order expires on Friday, May 8.
Safer at Home
Safer at Home is meant to provide a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans, while managing the spread of the virus to ensure our healthcare system has the capacity to manage an influx. Goals of this period include:
- Managing the spread of the virus (R0 between 2 and 1)
- Accessing to world-class health care for every Coloradan that gets sick
- Finding a more sustainable way to live
- Helping more Coloradans earn a living, while protecting health and safety
- Minimizing secondary health effects (mental and behavioral health impacts)
The Safer at Home Executive Order is set to expire 30 days from April 27, but can be amended or extended at any time. Changes happening during Safer at Home will be phased in, with different changes going into effect April 27, May 1 and May 4.
Monday, April 27
Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery. Real estate home showings can resume. Elective medical and dental procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols.
Friday, May 1
Retail businesses can phase-in a public opening if they are implementing best practices.
Personal services can open if they are implementing best practices.
Monday, May 4
Offices can reopen at 50% reduced in-person staffing capacity, if best practices are being implemented to protect the health and safety of employees. Businesses are encouraged to allow employees to continue telecommuting at higher levels if possible. Child care facilities can also expand or reopen if they are following Safer at Home requirements.
Vulnerable populations and seniors must continue to stay at home except when absolutely necessary. It’s important to note that even as some businesses begin more economic activity, no vulnerable worker can be compelled back to work if their work requires in person work near others. against their will. Given the severity of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals it’s not in the state’s interest, the employer’s interest, or the worker’s interest to unnecessarily expose them to these very real risks. It’s also important to note that it’s illegal to discriminate against vulnerable workers.