COVID19 Pandemic Response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Update – Safer at Home Order

Update from the Office of Gov. Polis, June 26, 2020: Determining Level of Risk During COVID-19

Colorado has been making great progress against this virus, and we’re faring better than certain neighboring states and many states around the country. Our progress is a testament to the people of this state continuing to wear masks, keep distance, protect vulnerable populations and exercise good judgment.

However, new outbreaks are beginning to emerge in the San Luis Valley, El Paso, Boulder, and San Miguel Counties, and we are monitoring Eagle County closely as well. These spikes serve as a reminder to us all that this pandemic can turn around very quickly, if we do not take precautions to continue flattening the curve.

There is only so much that any government can do. We all have to take personal responsibility and consider the level of risk when participating in certain activities. It is also important that we keep our guard up as we approach Independence Day and the weather continues to get warmer.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before participating in group activities:

  • How many other people will be participating in this activity?

  • Is the activity outside?

  • Can I put distance between myself and others?

  • How long will the activity take?

  • Do I feel 100% healthy?

  • How will I get there? Biking, walking, driving in a car are safer than public transportation.

  • Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?

  • What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

 Group activity risk levels:

  • Activities such as camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise and activities and shopping outdoors at a farmer’s market are fairly Low Risk activities

  • Activities such as dining out, playing on the playground, shopping indoors, visiting a swimming pool are Medium Risk activities.

  • Activities like airline travel, concerts, attending worship services in-person, personal services, bars, gyms, large gatherings are High Risk activities.

In order to minimize risk, please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution. Visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits for more information about how we can continue to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy.

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Safer at Home means staying home whenever possible for the health and safety of your family, friends and loved ones.  We are turning the corner and beginning to transition back to a new normal. 

Effective June 18, 2020:

  • Residential summer camps may open with groups of 10 kids indoors, 25 kids outdoors, similar to day camps. Camps are encouraged to divide campers into groups and limit contact between those groups in order to limit potential COVID-19 spread and make contact tracing easier.

  • Indoor events (conferences, receptions, museums) can begin to open — these vary based on the size of the venue:

    • Regular sized rooms under 5,650 square feet may open up to 25% capacity or 50 people per room for rooms, whichever is fewer.

    • In large rooms, where you could have an even bigger radius — a 6ft radius, around each person — rooms over 5,650 square feet may open to 25% capacity or up to 75 people per room, whichever is fewer.

    • And then in rooms DOUBLE that size — extra large rooms with over 11,300 square feet — may open to 25% capacity, or up to 100 people per room, whichever is fewer.

    • Extra large venue distinctions will also apply to restaurants, houses of worship, life rights, and higher education — which are activities that are quite similar in nature.

  • Outdoor events (concerts, fairs, rodeos, receptions) can also begin to open:

    • Standard venues under 5,650 square feet may open up to 50% capacity or up to 50 people

    • Large venues over 5,650 square feet may open up to 50% capacity or up to 125 people

    • Extra large venues, over 11,300 square feet can open up to 50% capacity or up to 175 people

  • Bars will be able to open at 25% or up to 50 people indoors, but must follow the same guidelines as restaurants where parties are seating, limited in size, and things like games that encourage mingling are not allowed. Outdoors parties must be spaced 6ft apart, up to local capacity limits.

  • Personal services will be able to expand to include things like facials, beard trimming, lip waxing, etc. where the client has to take off a mask — these services are permitted if the worker has adequate protection.

  • Non-critical manufacturing facilities can expand in-person workforce up to 50% or 50 people per room.

To read the full guidelines online, please visit coloradosaferathome.com.

Some Counties in the high country may be continuing with additional restrictions beyond the Safer at Home Order.  For more information on your community guidance visit:

COVID-19 webpage — covid19.colorado.gov/
The State of Colorado recently unveiled the new COVID-19 webpage — covid19.colorado.gov/This resource will keep you up-to-date on the latest statistics and the latest guidance on how we can protect ourselves and protect our most vulnerable populations.
Three Stages of State’s Response of COVID-19

 

Standing with Colorado’s Farmers and Ranchers
I am proud to stand with 127 of my colleagues from 34 states calling on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to take immediate action to support Colorado’s local farmers and ranchers.  Our food producers have been working tirelessly to feed their neighbors, yet they are in need of critical COVID-19 aid that they are not getting.  We can not have a local food system without our local farmers and ranchers. https://tinyurl.com/ybalfmdy

Colorado is No Place for Hate
I am proud to stand with my colleagues and call for an end to the racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry we see during this pandemic. You can read a full copy of our letter here. Interested in joining us and supporting this message?  Sign on Here.

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Our state receives funding from the Federal government based on our population. Now during a pandemic, it’s important we account for every individual in our state. Take 10 minutes to fill out the form, because COLORADO COUNTS!

Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado’s Small Businesses
Colorado small businesses throughout all 64 counties impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19. Funding was appropriated through the US congressional Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 can seek federal loans to pay key needs such as fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable.

Eligibility information, loan application links and emerging economic recovery resources can all be found at choosecolorado.com.

Best Practices

The best thing you can do right now is encourage your family and friends to stay home. This will help reduce the spread. Also, practice good hygiene and social distancing in order to keep yourself and others safe — especially vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing from others — at least six feet apart.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If someone at your home is sick, avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Choose a  separate room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.  Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms as needed when someone is sick. All of these ways of preventing the spread of CO-VID 19 are also effective in preventing the transmission of the flu or seasonal colds. Smart hygiene practices make us all healthier. ____________________________________________________

These moments define us as Coloradans and Americans. I am impressed with the outpouring of kindness and compassion that I hear about in communities across our beautiful state.  Together, with patience and grace, we will soon find ourselves on the other side of this difficult time.  We are Colorado Strong!

Wishing you and your family good health in the days ahead,

Julie