Governor Polis has issued a new safer-at-home executive order (summary and direct link here) effective April 27th. The most important thing to know is that local jurisdictions have the authority to implement more restrictive measures and extend stay-at-home orders. (Update: as of May 13th, all Colorado jurisdictions have currently transitioned to “safer-at-home” orders. Specific requirements may continue to vary by jurisdiction).

Staying and working from home to the greatest extent possible are still critical to the success of this new order. Everyone should continue taking the same safety precautions when leaving home.

What does safer-at-home mean? Here’s a brief summary:

  • April 27: Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery and phase in reopening with safety best practices May 1.
  • April 27: Elective medical procedures may resume being performed.
  • May 1: Personal service businesses can reopen with safety best practices in place.
  • May 4: offices may reopen at up 50% capacity with safety best practices in place.
  • May 4: Childcare businesses may expand/reopen with safety best practices in place.

If any of the above items apply to you, please read the full executive order for safety best practices. In general, these include:

  • Vulnerable individuals should continue to stay at home.
  • Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for and are prohibited from discriminating against employees with COVID-19 symptoms, known contact with other positive cases of COVID-19, or meet the requirements to be considered vulnerable.
  • Prohibit gatherings of 10+ people.
  • Employers must implement social distancing requirements and protocols.

The safer-at-home rules are in effect for 30 days (through May 27th). Local jurisdictions may request to implement lesser standards prior to the expiration of this executive order.