Safer at Home













Colorado has been doing a great job following the Stay-at-Home order, 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. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to protect our state and our community. Right now, we are in Level 2: Safer at Home. Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions.

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: 

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Level 1: Stay at home

Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.

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Level 2: Safer at home

Everyone is still encouraged to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and non-critical business are operating with restrictions.

May 25

Spring skiing allowed if permitted by host county, private campsites open.

May 27

In-person dining can resume at 50% capacity.

June 1

Children's summer day camps can open.

After June 1

Next steps for Safer at Home.

Safer at Home fast facts

  • Critical businesses are still open.
  • Non-critical businesses are open with restrictions.
  • 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.

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Extended orders or variances

Your city or county may have extended Stay-at-Home orders or approved variances. 

 Find your local orders & variances

Guidance by sector

Download full guidance   (Updated 5/13/20) 

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If a business or industry is not specifically called out as 1. Critical Business (defined under stay-at-home order) OR 2. In the Safer at Home PHO or corresponding guidance; it is not to be open and should be the same as it was under Stay at Home.  

Yes (with robust precautions including 6-foot distancing, frequent cleaning and sanitation, and face coverings or masks and gloves)

Yes (with robust precautions)

Office Spaces
  • Accountants, accounting firms 

  • Architecture, engineering, land surveying businesses/firms

  • Landscape architect, land surveyor businesses/firms

  • Private investigator businesses

  • Fantasy contest operator businesses

  • Non-transplant tissue banks

  • Real estate offices, appraisal management companies

  • Other corporate offices and private firms

Child care
  • Licensed and license-exempt child care centers

  • Licensed and license-exempt in-home child care

P-12 Education
  • Private schools

  • Public schools, including public charter schools

  • Public preschools on public school campuses

  • Summer school

  • Before and after school programs 

Remote learning for the rest of the school year, with very limited exceptions. Buildings can be used for providing services to students, educators, and families. In coordination with their local public health agency and must observe 6-foot distancing. Services may include:

  • in-person small group instruction

  • professional development

  • food service

  • access to internet/ instructional materials

  • special education services

  • mental health supports


Higher Education 

For programs not conducive to remote instruction (incl. clinical, occupational, and career/ technical programs)

  • 2- and 4-year institutions, public and private 

  • Private religious institutions authorized by the CDHE

  • Private occupational schools 

  • Career and technical education programs


Field Services and Real Estate
  • Appraisers, home inspectors, land surveyors

  • Architects, engineers

  • Lawncare, landscaping, landscape architects

  • Private investigators

  • Transportation network companies (limos, taxis, Uber/Lyft)

  • Real estate, incl. marketing services

  • House cleaning, incl. carpet cleaning and window cleaning

  • Handyman services, general contractors, tile setters, carpenters, construction, electricians, plumbers


Medical, dental, and veterinary services 


Limited health care settings
  • Acupuncture*

  • Massage therapy*

  • Athletic training*

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Audiology services, services by hearing aid providers

  • Speech-language pathology services

  • Chiropractic

  • Naturopathic care

* not related to personal services


Nursing Homes and Congregate Care Facilities (with strict limits on visitors)
  • Long-term care facilitiesSkilled nursing, nursing, assisted living  facilities

  • Intermediate care facilities 

  • Group homes

  • Independent living facilities 


Personal Services
  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, estheticians, cosmetologist services

  • Body art professionals

  • Personal training (4 or fewer people)

  • Pastoral services

  • Pet-groomers/ facilities, pet-handlers, pet-transporters, pet-training services 

  • Tailors, dry cleaners

  • Sun-tanning services

  • Massage therapists (non-health care settings)


  • Tennis courts, golf courses 

    • Must: 6-foot distancing, group limits, sanitize and do not share equipment (e.g., golf carts).

  • Local trails, bike paths and trailheads

  • Local and municipal parks and greenspaces


  • Appliance stores

  • Customer-facing financial institutions

  • Thrift shops

  • Apothecaries

  • Liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, vape and cigar shops (for retail only, not on-site consumption)

  • Craft stores

  • Sporting goods retailers

  • Boutiques

  • Motor vehicle dealerships

  • Large retail, department, discount, or outlets stores, provided that the entrance/exit opens to the outdoors and not an indoor common hallway


  • Eat-in services at restaurants, coffeehouses, bars, breweries

  • Cigar bars

  • Gyms, except for the limited purpose

  • Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls

  • Casinos

  • Horse tracks and simulcast facilities, also known as off-track betting facilities

  • Ski lifts and gondolas

  • Team sports  

  • Combative sports

  • Playgrounds

  • Gymnasiums and recreation facilities

  • Indoor skating rinks

  • Hot springs

  • Indoor malls

  • Short-term rentals

  • Swimming pools, including those at apartment complexes and in communities that have homeowners’ associations

  • Children’s resident camps



  • 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 encourage 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 encourage 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.
  • Encourage 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)

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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! 

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