State provides COVID-19 guidance to Colorado General Assembly

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REMOTE, (Nov. 17, 2020):  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today provided guidance to the Colorado General Assembly to convene as safely as possible. Because government is an essential service, it is exempt from most public health orders. The House of Representatives and the Senate can adopt their own rules to govern procedures and enforce compliance by members. CDPHE’s guidance is intended to assist them in keeping members of the General Assembly and other essential personnel as safe as possible during COVID-19. 

Recommendations include:


  • As much as possible, legislative business should be conducted remotely so as to not unnecessarily put members, staff, and the public at risk of exposure. 

  • Everyone who will be physically present for business in the capitol, including legislators, security, and press, should undergo a health screening and symptom check daily upon arrival before entering the building.

  • Members of the General Assembly, nonpartisan staff, and other legislative staff should get COVID-19 tests before and during session.

  • Members should frequently use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water.

  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center can provide masks to be worn by essential personnel (members of the General Assembly, staff, press, and others). 

  • Outside visitation to the building should be limited as much as possible during the reconvening of the General Assembly. The General Assembly should establish virtual communications for the public, lobbyists, and non-essential staff to engage with the General Assembly in lieu of in-person contact.

View the full Guidance for Operating the 2020 Special Session during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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