States and Counties are Changing COVID Orders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the United States has surpassed 10 million COVID cases and over 241,000 deaths. With this recent spike, it’s imperative that employers remain current on the changing local COVID orders. Below is state information, and please also be sure you understand any local, county, or city requirements as well, as they may be more restrictive.

Although the business reopening status remains at moderate in Arizona, employers are to comply with requirements designed to slow the spread of the virus and keep employees safe.

In Colorado, employers can find their county’s current restriction level and capacity restrictions here. Effective November 20, 2020, El Paso County will be joining Denver County, and many others, at Level Red – Severe Risk. The change in restriction levels is based on the number of new cases, percent positivity, and impact on hospitalizations. Level Red comes with greater restrictions for businesses and employers. You can find capacity restriction levels here.

The State of New Mexico offers industry specific guidance, which can include cleaning requirements and limits on occupancy. More information can be found on the New Mexico Department of Public Health website.

Utah currently has a temporary executive order in place through November 23, 2020 which mandates all businesses do the following: (1) require employees and contractors to wear a face covering while at work; (2) require patrons to wear a face mask; (3) require at least 6 feet of physical distance between household groups (for bars and restaurants, at least 6 feet of physical distance is required between parties); and (4) post signage that lists COVID-19 symptoms, asks individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to stay home, and provides notice of face mask and physical distancing requirements.

Following expiration of the temporary executive order referenced above, Utah is expected to revert back to its COVID-19 transmission index that categorizes counties as either low, moderate or high levels of transmission based on positivity rate, case counts, and ICU utilization. Each level has requirements for individuals and businesses to follow in order to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Regardless of the level, businesses must require 6’ of distancing between household groups, unless masks are worn and post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and  encouraging physical distancing. The State also recommends businesses take steps such as ensuring ventilation systems operate properly, erecting plexiglass barriers between staff and customers where feasible and when social distancing is difficult, and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting restrooms at least twice daily.

Because the temporary executive order will expire on November 23, we recommend that Utah employers closely monitor Utah’s next steps by checking the state’s centralized COVID-19 website here.

Wyoming also offers industry specific guidance. You can find it here.

Again, employers must understand industry specific requirements, local orders. You can also contact Employers Council with questions.