Gov. Polis provides coronavirus update, releases more specific reopening guidance

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DENVER — Ahead of a Monday press conference, Gov. Jared Polis released detailed sector-specific guidelines for businesses reopening under the state’s new “safer at home” order.

On Monday, Colorado began moving into the “safer at home” phase of the pandemic response. Some businesses are allowed to reopen with strict precautions in place, but Polis emphasized that “life will remain much more dangerous than usual these next few months.”

The new guidance released Monday includes best practices for all types of workplaces.

“The Stay-at-Home order has done just what we wanted it to – slowed the spread of the virus and bought us time to expand the capacity of our health care system. We are in this for the long haul, and Coloradans need to be prepared to follow social distancing requirements in the weeks and months ahead,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If Coloradans let up over the next few weeks if we fail to take this new phase seriously — we might have to face staying at home again, and all of our gains will be lost. I cannot stress this enough – we must continue to stay home as much as possible, wear facial masks when out, and be cautious and careful. We are nowhere near being back to normal, but we will get through this together.”

The state continues working to increase testing capacity and acquiring more critical personal protective equipment and supplies, but Colorado’s Stay-at-Home order has met the short-term goals the Governor identified last month.

Safer at Home is meant to provide a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans, while managing the spread of the virus to ensure our healthcare system has the capacity to manage an influx. Goals of this period include:

  • Managing the spread of the virus (R0 between 2 and 1)
  • Accessing to world-class health care for every Coloradan that gets sick
  • Finding a more sustainable way to live 
  • Helping more Coloradans earn a living while protecting health and safety
  • Minimizing secondary health effects (mental and behavioral health impacts)

Changes happening during Safer at Home will be phased in, with different changes going into effect April 27, May 1 and May 4. 

Monday, April 27

  • Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery.
  • Real estate home showings can resume.
  • Elective medical and dental procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols. 

Friday, May 1

  • Retail businesses can phase-in a public opening if they are implementing best practices. 
  • Personal services can open if they are implementing best practices.

Monday, May 4

  • Offices can reopen at 50% reduced in-person staffing capacity if best practices are being implemented to protect the health and safety of employees. Businesses are encouraged to allow employees to continue telecommuting at higher levels if possible.
  • Child care facilities can also expand or reopen if they are following Safer at Home requirements. 

The state also released sector-specific guidance for industries including:

FULL PRESSER HERE:

>> See all of the guidance here.

The “safer at home” executive order is set to expire 30 days from Monday, but could be extended.

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