Colorado has slowed the spread of COVID-19 through Stay-at-Home and Safer at Home orders, and we must keep it up. The virus is still present in Colorado and can re-surge at any time. Everyone needs to do their part for themselves, their loved ones, and our community. Right now, we are in Level 2: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our vast outdoors than in confined indoor spaces. Much of Colorado is now open with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at highest risk for severe illness.
People should be prepared for state and local public health orders to be extended, amended, or changed as needed to protect public health. This means we may move between the different levels during this pandemic:
While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
Local public health agencies have the ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders.
Safer at Home fast facts
- People who are 11 years and older are required to wear a covering over their noses and mouths.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
- Wear a face covering or mask when you leave your home.
- Connect with neighbors and loved ones virtually.
Guidance by sector
- Deputize workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues.
- Maintain 6-foot distancing when possible, and discourage shared spaces.
- Frequently sanitize all high-touch areas. (Additional Guidance)
- Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene.
- Ensure proper ventilation. (OSHA guidance)
- Avoid gatherings (meetings, waiting rooms, etc) of more than 10 people.
- Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible. (Additional Guidance)
- Eliminate or regularly sanitize any items in common spaces (i.e., break rooms) that are shared between individuals (i.e., condiments, coffee makers, vending machines). (Additional Guidance)
- Provide appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings and require appropriate use. (Additional Guidance)
- How to conduct an employee health screening.
- Require employees showing any symptoms or signs of sickness, or who has been in contact with known positive cases to stay home.
- Connect employees to company or state benefits providers.
- Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to observe Stay-at-Home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay-at-Home due to underlying condition, age, or other factors.
- Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible.
- Minimize all in-person meetings.
- Provide hand washing facilities/stations and hand sanitizer.
- Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Phase shifts and breaks to reduce employee density.
- Wear appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings and require appropriate use. (Additional Guidance)
- (Guidance to keep employees & customers safe)
To protect customers
- Create special hours for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Encourage and facilitate 6-foot distancing inside of the business for all patrons.
- Require use of protection like gloves, masks, and face coverings.
- Provide hand sanitizer at entrance.
- Install shields or barriers where possible between customers and employees.
- Use contactless payment solutions, no touch trash cans, etc. whenever possible.
- (Additional guidance to keep employees and customers safe)
Can Do Colorado
As Coloradans, we know that when things get tough, we get creative. While we work as a state to get back to some sense of "new normal," it's important to acknowledge and applaud all of the creative business people and employees who have turned so many of those can'ts into a lot of great can dos! Visit the new website, and share your own innovative business ideas!