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Published August 4th, 2020

The Current State of Colorado amid COVID-19

The State of Colorado lifts its Stay-at-Home order and moves towards the Safer-at-Home public order which was extended until the end of the month. Currently, the order is on Level 3: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors.

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:

Level 1: Stay at Home

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.

Level 2: Safer at Home

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:

Level 2 (modified): Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

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;
    cigar bars;
  • 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.


Jai Andales

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.