On March 25, 2020, Governor Polis issued an amended public health order directing Coloradans to “stay at home whenever possible.”
“Critical Businesses” are exempt from the limitations of the order. Critical Businesses include certain healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, news media, financial services, defense, and construction businesses.
For non-exempt businesses, travel outside the home is permitted for activities constituting “Minimum Basic Operations”—i.e., maintaining inventory, ensuring security, processing payroll and employee benefits, and facilitating remote work.
The order requires all businesses to comply with Social Distancing Requirements—maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals, wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly clean high-touch surfaces, and not shake hands.
For individuals and businesses operating in counties already subject to stay at home orders (including Denver, Boulder, Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson), there may be subtle differences between prior orders and the Governor’s amended order. Remember that the Governor’s order takes precedence over local/county orders. FGMC attorneys are available to help you navigate the various orders issued in the last week and other regulations governing your business. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.