In this article we will answer the following questions:
- What is the Safer-at-Home order?
- What are the levels for Colorado’s reopening?
- What reopening guidance is available for businesses?
- What checklists can be used to reopen Colorado safely?
Colorado: Safer at Home
The Safer-at-Home order modifies the restrictions of the Stay-at-Home order. The Safer-at-Home is more flexible as it allows more economic activity, personal well-being, and geographic differentiation while ensuring public health and safety. The Safer-at-Home guidelines generally encourage Coloradans to do the following:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- When going out, follow physical distancing requirements and wear a face covering.
- Individuals over 65 years of age and vulnerable people should continue to follow Stay-at-Home recommendations.
- Individuals who are sick, or have a household member who is sick with symptoms like COVID-19 should opt for telework and limit social interaction
Can do Colorado: Moving in Levels
With no COVID-19 vaccine available yet, there is a risk of a resurgence at any time. To reopen responsibly and cautiously, the governor has outlined three levels of social distancing: Stay at Home, Safer at Home, and Protect our Neighbors. However, these levels were updated due to data brought by Level 2 Safer at Home order. The updated levels are as follows:
During this level, which ended on April 26, Coloradans were ordered to stay in their homes and advised to only go out for grocery shopping, exercise, and other necessary activities. Only critical businesses were allowed to operate.
In continuous efforts of “flattening the curve,” Gov. Polis amended the Safer at Home order which still requires vulnerable individuals to remain home and practice social distancing measures. This order will be more flexible compared to the Stay at Home order as it eases restrictions for some postsecondary institutions and certain businesses. A limited number will be allowed to reopen so long as they follow the specific guidance provided by the state.
Some of the institutions and businesses that will be allowed to operate are the following:
- Child care facilities
- Children’s day camps & youth sports camps
- Education P-12
- Field services & real estate
- Office-based businesses
- Outdoor & personal recreation
- Higher education
- Non-critical manufacturing
- Nursing homes & congregate care facilities
- Short-term rentals
- Places of worship
- Restaurant & food services
This order is the extension and updated model of the Safer at Home level. Restrictions set in the previous order remain the same for this level. The Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order encourages Coloradans to enjoy outdoor activities responsibly.
To that end, the following activities will be allowed to resume with restrictions:
- Recreational sports leagues
- Guided fishing and hunting
- Rafting and jeep tours
- Ski resort activities
Meanwhile, the following businesses, industries, sectors, activities, or events remain closed:
- bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, and wineries;
- movie and performance theaters (except for drive-in movie theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls); and
- casinos, amusement parks, and arcades.
It is important to note that these levels may be extended, amended, or changed by the state when needed in order to protect public health.
Reopening Guidance for Businesses
As part of the Safer at Home order, the state has provided guidance for all businesses, essential and non-essential. Business owners are expected to review the best practices and mandatory requirements according to their respective industries and strictly implement them.
Reopening Checklists for Businesses in Colorado
Coloradan business owners have the responsibility to ensure that safety protocols such as social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, and the wearing of face coverings are observed before, during, and after reopening. To support the reopening of businesses in Colorado, iAuditor by SafetyCulture curated these digital checklists to help so you can operate safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Colorado Reopening Checklists
Colorado Reopening: Checklist for Outdoor Recreation
This reopening checklist is a guide for Colorado’s outdoor recreations. Operators can use this checklist in monitoring the recreational space and its participants to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the community.
Colorado Reopening: Checklist for Personal Recreation
This reopening checklist is for Colorado’s personal recreations such as parks, recreational sports, public pools, and indoor facilities like gyms, bowling alleys, and other indoor sport facilities. Operators of these recreational spaces can use this checklist as a guide in implementing COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Download and customize this checklist according to your specific needs.
Colorado Reopening: Checklist for Private Campgrounds
This colorado reopening checklist is for private campgrounds. Campsite operators can use this as a guide to ensure reopening a safe and healthy environment for campers.