Gov. Polis Provides Update to Coloradans on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on how the state is responding to COVID-19 and provided further clarification on what the Safer-at-Home phase of the pandemic will look like for Coloradans. 

“I want to reiterate, the Safer-at-Home phase is not going back to life as normal. It’s not a major adjustment from where we have been,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Safer-at-Home means most Coloradans should continue to limit social interactions to the greatest extent possible to just individuals in your household and wear facial masks when you are out. I’m proud of how Colorado has come together during this difficult period to stay home as much as possible, protecting ourselves and our neighbors. But we still have work to do – we are not through the woods yet.”

 

The goal of the Safer-at-Home phase is to maintain 60-65% physical distancing. This means:

  • Vulnerable populations and older adults must stay home unless absolutely necessary. 

  • No group gatherings of more than 10 people. 

  • Critical businesses will remain open with strict precautions (social distancing, masks for all employees, more frequent cleanings, etc.)

  • Retail businesses may open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions.

  • Nightclubs, gyms and spas will remain closed. 

  • Elective medical and dental procedures begin, with strict precautions to ensure adequate personal protective equipment and the ability to meet critical care needs. 

  • Personal services (salons, tattoo parlors, dog grooming, personal training, etc.) will open with strict precautions. 

  • K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions will continue to suspend normal in-person instruction for the 2019-2020 school year.  

  • Telecommuting continues for offices. Starting on May 4, up to 50% of staff can work in person (with social distancing in place).

  • The state is not changing requirements for nursing homes and other senior care facilities. There will continue to be restrictions on visiting residents.

 

The Safer-at-Home phase is not:

  • A free-for-all

  • An opportunity to leave the house as much as possible and spread the virus to others

  • An excuse to not wear a facial covering, or begin giving hugs or handshakes 

  • Going to the mountains to spend the weekend 

  • Conducting unnecessary travel

  • Having parties or get togethers

  • Playing in pick up sports games 

 

In the coming days, further guidance will be provided to a variety of affected industries including retail, offices, elective medical and dental services, child care, education, personal services, and real estate.