Safer at Home FAQ

Updated June 19, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

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During the Stay-at-Home level, Coloradans are strongly advised to continue staying at home to the greatest extent possible, only interacting with household contacts and only leaving for essential activities. Higher-risk individuals should continue to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

About Safer-at-Home

Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and limited non-critical businesses are operating with strict precautions in place. 

Under the Safer-at-Home order there is more flexibility for businesses to open and activities to be allowed if people follow the guidelines. There also is more flexibility for consumers to get goods and services they desire, and for employers to bring  employees back to the workplace as long as they follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask or cloth face covering. Under Safer-At-Home, people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.

  • You are safest when you stay home or participate in outdoor activities in small groups. When you go out, follow physical distancing requirements (6 feet of space between yourself and others), and wear a mask or face covering. 
  • If you are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should try to stay home except for medical care and essential activities: activities, tasks, and errands you must do to keep yourself, your family, and your household members safe and healthy. People who have COVID-19 symptoms must isolate.
  • Sick people must not go to work.

  • Keeping 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times. The 6-foot rule does not apply to people who live in the same house as you -- in other words,  your roommates, and family. But if you, your family, or your roommates get sick, you or they must isolate.

  • Washing hands as often as you can. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Covering coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue away. Use your sleeve or inner elbow if a tissue is not available.

  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces.

  • Not shaking hands.

  • Wear a mask or face covering.

Indoor and outdoor events are allowed. Outdoor events with few numbers of people present the least amount of risk. People should stay home when they are sick.  When attending any events or activities, people should remember the big 3:  Wear a face covering; wash your hands frequently; and maintain physical distance from others.

We advise continuing to only socialize with members of your household, but under new guidelines, indoor and outdoor events are allowed. Any gatherings should adhere to all social distancing requirements and recommendations. (Guidance for indoor events and outdoor events are linked here.)

The change from Stay-at-Home to Safer-at-Home is about establishing a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans during this pandemic. While at the Safer-at-Home level, it is critical for Coloradans to limit in-person social interactions.. Higher-risk individuals and people 65 and older are encouraged to continue staying at home, leaving only for medical care and essential activities. This Safer-at-Home level allows for more economic activity, more personal well-being, and more geographic differentiation while ensuring public health and safety. 

Gov. Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 091, amending and extending Safer at Home. The order continues to be in effect, however, starting the week of July 6, communities can request to qualify and be certified to move to Protect Our Neighbors level. This change is on a community-by-community basis, rather than a blanket, statewide lifting of restrictions.

Colorado has been doing a great job following the Stay-at-Home order, and we must keep it up. The virus will continue to transmit with spikes and declines of cases until a vaccine is developed and widely available. The virus is still present in Colorado and can surge at any time. We may move between these different levels during the pandemic: 

  • Level 1: Stay at Home. Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, medical care, exercise, and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.

  • Level 2: Safer at Home. Everyone is still strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions.

  • Level 3: Protect Our Neighbors. With more testing and monitoring, it will be safer for people to socialize more normally, while taking significant precautions. We will still need strong protections for higher risk individuals.