States’ Next Steps

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a six-page Executive Order outlining Colorado’s new Safer-at-Home plan, which is the second phase of easing restrictions on movement throughout the state. The Colorado state website has more details and resources including best practices for employers and individuals, guidance documents sorted by business sector, and links to local orders in Colorado, which may differ from the state. Counties orders vary, so go to your county to see more details.

A few items under the Safer-at Home rule:

  • All vulnerable individuals remain under Stay-at-Home rules.
  • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • Retail companies can begin curbside sales.
    • Elective medical, dental, and veterinary procedures, including surgeries, may resume with strict safety protocols.
  • May 1, 2020
    • Retail stores may re-open for in-store shopping with strict social distancing and safety protocols. Barbershops, salons, personal trainers, and tattoo parlors can re-open as well, also with strict social distancing and safety measures.
  • May 4, 2020
    • Non-essential offices may open with 50% of their workforce, with strict social distancing measures. Telecommuting should be encouraged and allowed whenever possible.
  • The Order directs employers to accommodate workers with childcare responsibilities at home, as well as those who live with, or are, a member of a vulnerable population.
  • Public gatherings of ten or more people in both public and private spaces are still prohibited.
  • Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate until symptoms cease.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) released Public Health Order (PHO) 20-28 Safer at Home to provide details and clarity. The PHO provides several definitions including, critical and non-critical office-based businesses, vulnerable individuals, personal services, safety protocols, and social distancing requirements.

In addition to the Executive Order, Governor Polis announced that Colorado will join Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington state in a pact to share best practices, including protecting vulnerable populations, building medical capacity, and tracking disease spread.

Utah has extended its Stay Safe, Stay Home Directive through at least May 1, Arizona has a slew of Executive Orders that address specific situations, and Wyoming also has several orders. As always, please call Employers Council with questions.