Changing Health Orders in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

ARIZONA

The state of Arizona is not under any COVID restrictions as of March 25th, 2021, per Executive Order 2021-26. However, there are still some businesses that have elected to remain closed or modify hours. Businesses are also able to determine their own regulations in terms of mask-wearing and social distancing. Of course, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport does require the use of face masks in airport facilities per federal mandate, as do airports in all states.

Effective March 25th, there is no mask mandate throughout the state of Arizona. However, the Arizona Department of Health Services still recommends that people older than six wear masks in enclosed public spaces and maintain at least 6 feet of distance. For more on the recommendations, please visit the Health Services website.

COLORADO

The state will give control over most restrictions to counties on Friday, April 16th, 2021. There will still be a statewide mask order for certain circumstances as well as restrictions on gatherings of over 500 people. Nevertheless, the Governor extended the emergency declaration for another 30 days on April 14th in EOD2021087. This means that employers must still provide public health emergency leave to employees.

For a view of the dial at the state level, you can find that here. Health departments in the Denver metro area joined together into the Metro Denver Partnership for Health to develop a regional plan and these counties are Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Denver, Adams and Arapahoe.

On April 16th, 2021, the levels on the dial will drop one level (unless it is the lowest level) for a month, until May 16th, 2021, when all will be at level “clear” for three months to evaluate if going back to normal is acceptable. Even when the level is “clear,” some mask orders and restrictions will still be in place, especially in more populated areas.

There will still be mask mandates in certain locations in most counties through May 16th, 2021, and in the most populated counties, there will still be some in place after May 16th, 2021. Employers will need to understand what restrictions they need to enforce. After April 16th, 2021, employers must go to the county health department website to understand the restrictions applying to them.

NEW MEXICO

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials on April 9th, 2021, announced the state of New Mexico will temporarily re-enact a statewide order closing in-person services for all non-essential activities to blunt the unprecedented spike of COVID-19 illnesses and to attempt to relieve dramatically escalating strain on hospitals and health care providers across the state. The heightened restrictions statewide, enacted through an amended emergency public health order issued by the state Department of Health, will be in effect for two weeks.

More information can be found here:  https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/.

UTAH

In Utah, there is a three-level system of recommendations for all citizens. It is based on the number of cases in each county and highlights the recommendations for those counties where the threat of infection of high, moderate, low level.  The information for the levels of infection in each county and the relevant recommendations are at  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels/.

WYOMING

Most restrictions were eased in Wyoming on March 16th, 2021. The exception is large public gatherings. For more detail, the state has a clear summary.