EXECUTIVE ORDER Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home

 

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D 2020 017

EXECUTIVE ORDER

Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State

Pursuant to the authority vested in the Governor of the State of Colorado and, in particular,
pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the Colorado Constitution and the relevant portions of the
Colorado Disaster Emergency Act, C.R.S. § 24-33.5-701, et seq. (Act), I, Jared Polis, Governor of
the State of Colorado, hereby issue this Executive Order ordering Coloradans to stay at home
whenever possible due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the State.

I.         Background and Purpose

On March 5, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) public health
laboratory confirmed the first presumptive positive COVID-19 test result in Colorado. Since then,
the number of confirmed cases has continued to climb, and we have evidence of community spread
throughout the State. I verbally declared a disaster emergency on March 10, 2020, and issued the
corresponding Executive Order D 2020 003 on March 11, 2020 and requested that the President of the
United States declare a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado, pursuant to the Stafford Act, on
March 25, 2020.

My administration, along with other state, local, and federal authorities, has taken a wide array
of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, prevent further spread, and protect against
overwhelming our health care resources.

The actions we have undertaken to date are not yet doing enough to reduce the spread of the virus,
and we must take additional action to minimize the duration of this epidemic and of the disruption
to our daily lives.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily by close contact between
people and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Public health
experts recommend we practice “social distancing,” or maintaining a physical distance of six (6)
feet or more from other people, as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This Executive Order requires Coloradans to stay at home, and subject to certain limited
exceptions, orders the Executive Director of the CDPHE to issue a public health order defining

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critical emergency personnel, infrastructure, government functions, and other activities that are
exempt from the directives in this Executive Order.

II.        Directives

A.        This Executive Order will become effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 6:00 a.m.

B.        I direct all Coloradans to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions such as obtaining
food and other household necessities, going to and from work at critical businesses, seeking
medical care, caring for dependents or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location.

C.        I direct all businesses other than those qualified as “Critical Businesses” under Public
Health Order 20-24 or any Public Health Order issued pursuant to this Executive Order, to close
temporarily, except as necessary to engage in minimum basic operations needed to protect assets and
maintain personnel functions, as of the effective date of this Executive Order.

D.        I direct the Executive Director of the CDPHE to issue a public health order consistent
with the directives in this Executive Order.

1.   Certain individuals must continue to work outside their residences to provide goods and
services critical to our response to the COVID-19 epidemic emergency.  The public health order must
therefore identify:

a.   critical emergency personnel and infrastructure necessary to ensure continuity of critical
healthcare, government functions, public safety, manufacturing, and supply chain operations;

b.   certain critical businesses exempt from this Executive Order, provided they comply with social
distancing requirements;

c.   steps all critical businesses must take to comply with social distancing requirements; and

d.   a process by which a local public health authority may obtain relief from this Executive Order
or any related Public Health Order issued by CDPHE to more effectively meet local conditions and
needs without burdening public health resources in other parts of the State.

e.   Nothing in this Executive Order prevents a local public health authority from issuing an order
more protective of public than this Executive Order. For clarity, any stay at home or similar order
issued by a local jurisdiction remains in full force and effect.

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2.   Individuals must be permitted to carry on basic activities necessary to care for themselves,
their families, and to maintain their places of residence. The public health order must therefore
identify authorized activities individuals may engage in consistently with the goals of this
Executive Order.

III.       Duration

This Executive Order remains in effect through April 11, 2020 unless rescinded or modified by
further Executive Order.
GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, twenty- fifth day of March,
2020
Jared Polis Governor