State Governors Issue Different Executive Orders

Colorado’s Order is the most comprehensive and is discussed below.

Currently, Utah, Arizona, and Wyoming are not under similar orders. Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order on March 6, 2020, making recommendations that business allow or encourage employees to telecommute if possible and put safety measures in place if telecommuting is not possible. You can find the latest information here.

In Wyoming, the state health officer issued a statewide order prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more in a single room or confined space on March 20, 2020. The order supplements a statewide order issued March 19 that closed bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, some child care facilities, and schools. Both orders remain in effect until April 3. The new Order does not close additional businesses. You can find the latest Wyoming information here.

In Arizona, the latest Executive Order orders businesses with confirmed cases of COVID-19 to close until further notice. You can find the latest Arizona information here.

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Colorado Governor Polis issued an Executive Order ordering non-critical places of employment in Colorado to reduce in-person workforce by fifty percent due to the presence of COVID-19 in the state. Suggestions for enabling the reduction in workforce include increased telework or, if that is not possible, staggering work schedules to reduce physical proximity. The Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24, and is set to last through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, according to a release from Polis’ office.

The critical workplaces that are exempt include:

  • Health care operations
  • Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
  • Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.
  • Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries, but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
  • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
  • News Media.
  • Financial Institutions.
  • Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations.
  • Construction.
  • Defense.
  • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
  • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
  • “Critical Government Functions.”
  • Also exempted is “any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours.”