On June 1, Colorado Governor. Jared Polis extended and amended Colorado’s stay at home order, now officially called Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors (Safer Order). The new Safer Order, which maintains many of the restrictions contained in previous orders, now expires on July 1.
Shortly following the extension of this order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued Public Health Order 20-28, updating the restrictions on Coloradans following the governor’s most recent directives. These updates include:
- Clarification that public and private gatherings of 10 or more individuals are only restricted in commercial spaces, with some exceptions;
- Playgrounds, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, youth and adult sports leagues, gyms, and recreational centers may open, provided they follow specific social distancing and cleaning requirements;
- Outdoor recreation, with some restrictions, may resume in accordance with local rules;
- Houses of worship may open for services but may admit no more than 50 percent of the indoor occupancy limit, or 50 people, whichever is lower, and congregants must wear face coverings.
The order did not significantly modify restrictions for employers. The Public Health Order still encourages individuals at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 to remain at home and prohibits employers from compelling them to work. Furthermore, employers must continue the safety protocols included in prior orders, including enhanced cleaning requirements, workplace accommodations for vulnerable individuals, and continued symptom monitoring and social distancing procedures.
Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming have not made similar changes recently. Employers Council will continue to monitor developments in this area, and if you have questions about how these changes affect your workforce, please do not hesitate to contact the Employers Council Team.