Safer At Home
Guidelines & Resources

Executive Order D 2020 092 amends Executive Orders D 2020 039 and D 2020 067 to provide discretion to employers and operators of places of public accommodation, and those authorized on their behalf, to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering.  The order states:  Employers and operators of places of public accommodation, and those authorized on their behalf, shall have discretion to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering. This directive shall be applied in a manner consistent with the American with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.),the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (C.R.S. § 24-34-401 et seq.), and anyother relevant federal or state law.

Statewide Mask Order guidelines  

The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.

  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.

  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.

  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

Research shows that people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19. Wearing a non-medical face mask helps minimize the spread of the virus. We realize that masks can be uncomfortable and inconvenient for individuals, but wearing a mask in public indoor spaces is mandatory at this time. 

For your information 

Medical, Dental, and Veterinary

Contact Amber Donovan amberd@nchd.org; 970-854-2717 ext. 5023

Certain Variances may allow for elective procedures to resume in a different fashion than what is outlined within the State’s Public Health Orders.  Any questions regarding county approved variances should be directed to the appropriate contact.  For all other counties, or those choosing to follow the State Public Health Orders, services provided in Limited Healthcare Settings that are ordered by a medical, dental or veterinary practitioner, are subject to the requirements of PHO 20-29 (Limited Recommencement of Voluntary or Elective Surgeries and Procedures in Colorado, amended on May 26, 2020).  PHO 20-29 sets forth the requirements for reinstating elective medical, dental and veterinary services.  This Amended Order became effective on Thursday, June 25, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on July 24, 2020, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

Massage Therapy, Acupuncturists, and Chiropractors

Contact Mel Bustos melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic services currently fall within two separate categories of PHO 20-28 Safer at Home. The category depends on the type of service and the setting of the service. The facility will follow one of the following:

  • Limited Healthcare Settings within the order will be followed if the service is being provided by a location where certain healthcare services are provided (not related to personal services). These individual services may only be performed with 10 or fewer people in a common business space at a maximum of 50% occupancy for the location, whichever is less, including both employees and patients, e.g. 5 chiropractors providing services to 5 customers, with Social Distancing Requirements in place of 6 feet distancing between customers receiving services. All settings offering services in individual rooms must comply with the requirements outlined in PHO 20-28 (Apendix E) for each room. Employees must wear medical grade masks at all times, and patients must wear at least a cloth face covering at all times.  Massage therapy services ordered by a healthcare professional should consult Executive Order D 2020 027.

  • Personal Services within the order will be followed when services and products are not necessary to maintain an individual’s health or safety. Personal Services requires  employees to be less than six feet from the person for whom the services are being provided.  Effective June 18, 2020, services with close personal contact requires employees to wear a face covering and gloves at all times, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, in which case reasonable accommodations should be pursued to maintain the safety and health of all parties.  If wearing gloves is not feasible or appropriate, meticulous hand washing must be performed. Individual personal services may be performed at 50% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people in a common business space.  Social Distancing Requirements of at least 6 feet distancing between different customers receiving services is required.

Tattoo shops, Spas, Hair Salons, Dog grooming

Contact Conner Gerken by email connerg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2260 or
Mel Bustos melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

Effective June 4, 2020, individual personal services must limit individuals including employees and customers, to no more than 50 people in a common business space at a maximum of 50% occupancy. All businesses offering services through employees or lessees in individual rooms must comply with the requirements of the Safer at Home Order for each room. Both employees and customers must wear at least a cloth face covering or a medical grade mask at all times, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, in which case reasonable accommodations should be pursued to maintain the safety and health of all parties, or if the service provided requires removal of the customer’s face covering.  Beginning on June 18th, services to the face that require the removal of the customer’s face covering may resume. 

Individuals providing these services are required to wear both a face mask or covering and a face shield.

 

  • The following spa/salon services are permitted provided the business is adhering to all other guidance:

    • Acupuncture (non-medical)

    • Athletic Training (non-medical)

    • Eyebrow services (waxing, threading, tinting, and microblading)

    • Eyelash services (extensions, lifting, and tinting)

    • Hair cuts, coloring, and styling

    • Beard Trims

    • Manicures

    • Makeup Application (must keep mask/face covering on, but can receive eye makeup)

    • Massage (non-medical)

    • Facials

    • Paraffin Treatments

    • Pedicures

    • Other nail services

    • Reflexology

    • Skin Treatments, (e.g. exfoliation, salt scrub, seaweed body wraps, microderm abrasion, clay or herbal body masks, etc.)

    • Tanning

    • Waxing, laser and other forms of hair removal, (e.g. eyebrows, arms, legs, chest, etc.)

    • Botox and other facial fillers, (e.g. eyebrows, arms, legs, chest, etc.)

    • Permanent cosmetic services, (e.g. eyebrows, arms, chest, etc.)

  • The following spa/salon services are NOT permitted at this time, as hygiene and sanitation cannot be assured to the level required at this time:

    • Jet Baths

    • Mud Baths

    • Saunas

    • Steam Rooms

    • Whirlpools

 

For further guidance from DORA, please visit their website, or you may email them directly at: DORA_COVID_Inquiries@state.co.usGuidance hereFile a DORA Complaint

Events

Contact Mel Bustos melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

Phillips county has a specific process for handling requests for events within their county.  All questions on Phillips County events need to be referred to the Phillips County Commissioners at 970-854-2454.

Indoor and Outdoor Events (including but not limited to receptions, events, non-critical auctions, theaters, trade shows, markets, indoor malls, rodeos, fairs, festivals and parades, Bingo or other indoor or outdoor events not otherwise covered within the order):  

  • The following are to remain closed for use/occupancy by members of the public:  Casinos, amusement parks, arcades, and the use of bounce houses and ball pits in any public or commercial venue.

  • Outdoor venues may allow up to 175 people within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator, excluding staff, per designated activity with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals or non-household contacts.  

  • Indoor venues may allow up to 100 people within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator, excluding staff, per room with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals or non-household contacts.

  • Venue size is determined based on usable space per room or designated activity.  An indoor event or outdoor designated activity that includes spectators may include both the activity space and the spectator space, or these spaces may be separated and the venue must apply the appropriate capacity limits to the size of each designated space.  If participants in the designated activity may also at times move into the spectator space, those participants will count for purposes of the capacity limit for the spectator space if that space is separately defined from the designated activity space.

  • Designated activities must occur a minimum of 50 feet from each other, maintain separate entrances and exits, and must minimize the use of shared facilities like restrooms

  • Performers are not included in capacity limits as long as they do not join the spectator or patron areas at any time and remain at least 25 feet from attendees. If performers join the patron spaces, they must be included in the capacity limit numbers. Performers should also use a separate entrance and exit from spectators or patrons.

  • Operators, employees and attendees must wear face coverings unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health, in which case reasonable accommodations should be pursued to maintain the safety and health of all parties.

  • Operators, organizers or employers must implement employee screening protocols for all employees (as described in Section II.I.1.g), and exclude ill or symptomatic individuals.

  • Operators and organizers must manage the event or activity to comply with the capacity limits per activity at all times, and further manage traffic flow between designated activities to minimize or eliminate mixing of groups including the use of single direction traffic flow in and out of the venue and seating area.

  • Food sold in these settings must follow the Restaurant requirements.

  • Ventilation in an indoor venue must meet OSHA guidance.

  • Indoor market and mall operators must follow the indoor event requirements and guidance, outdoor market operators must follow the outdoor event requirements and guidance. Individual vendors in these settings must follow the Retail requirements and guidelines.

  • Drive-in events such as theaters or fireworks displays are authorized to operate above the 10 person gathering limit so long as participants remain in their vehicles unless seeking minimal services, the vehicles remain a minimum of 6 feet apart, and only minimal common services are available such as concessions and restrooms.

Life Rites (wedding ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, funerals, and other religious rites): Life rites gatherings are authorized at 50% capacity not to exceed 50 people indoors, with strict compliance with Social Distancing Requirements for employees and any attendees of services. Extra large venues hosting life rites may operate up to 100 people indoors within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator. The calculator will determine how many additional patrons the facility can accommodate indoors. For outdoor rites, individuals must maintain 6 feet distance between non-household members and work with the appropriate local authority to obtain approval for the maximum number of individuals who may attend in the designated outdoor space. Only the ceremony or rite itself is included in this authorization, receptions or parties associated with life rites are not included in this authorization. Life rites should follow the guidance for houses of worship found here.

Retail Stores (Shoes, Clothing, Furniture, Cell Phone, etc.)

Contact Heather Coin heatherc@nchd.org; 970-848-3811 ext. 3022

Amber Donovan amberd@nchd.org ;970-854-2717 ext. 5023

Conner Gerken connerg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2260

Mel Bustos  melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

 

All Non-Critical Retail may operate and offer goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery, or any other manner allowing for strict compliance with mandatory social distancing requirements, similar to the requirements for Critical Retail. Additional requirements for Critical and Non-Critical Retail are contained in Appendix A of this Order. Non-Critical Retail may also resume in-person services if they meet the requirements in Section II.I in the Safer at Home Order along with the additional requirements outlined for these services in Appendices A and D of the Order.

 

We also have a Business Social Distancing Certification that they may use.  We ask that it is filled out, the requirements are met, and that a copy is posted on site. If a worker tests positive, they must cooperate with NCHD while following all items outlined within the Safer at Home Order.

Retail Food Facilities

Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties have been approved by the State of Colorado for a variance at this time. Any questions on Restaurants following a variance in these counties can be referred to:

  • Callers with questions regarding the Logan County variance can be forwarded to the Logan County Commissioners Office at 970-522-0888.

  • Callers with questions regarding the Phillips County variance can be forwarded to the Phillips County Commissioners at 970-854-2454.

  • Callers with questions regarding the Sedgwick County variance can be forwarded to the Sedgwick County Communication Center at 970-474-3355.

  • Callers with questions regarding the Yuma County variance can be forwarded to the Yuma County Commissioners Office at 970-332-5796. 
     

Morgan County contact Heather Coin heatherc@nchd.org; 970-848-3811 ext. 3022

 

Washington County variance is classified in the low viral spread category. This affects restaurants within Washington County.  How CDPHE defines low, medium, and high transmission levels can be found here.  Questions related to the Washington County variance can be forwarded to the Commissioners Office at (970) 345-2701 option 7.

 

We have also developed a Restaurant Compliance Checklist for facilities to be able to determine if they are in compliance with all requirements, and to gauge if they are ready to allow dine-in services. The checklist can be found here. Restaurants can only open for in-person dining if all of these requirements can be met and maintained.

Restaurants may open to in-person dining at 50% of the indoor posted occupancy code limit, not to exceed 50 patrons, whichever is less. Effective June 18, 2020, extra large Restaurants (greater than 7,200 square feet) may expand to no more than 100 patrons indoors within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator. The calculator will determine how many additional patrons the facility can accommodate indoors. Tables or groups must be limited to no more than 8 people and be spaced so that patrons are a minimum of 6 feet apart. Restaurants may also use any existing, licensed outdoor space for in-person dining with the same group limit of 8 and minimum spacing of 6 feet apart. Restaurants must have or obtain approval from their local government’s permitting, building and fire code oversight agency for any new outdoor dining space prior to use. Additional requirements for Restaurants are contained in Appendix I. You may also see a summary of the changes made here. The Amended Public Health Order 20-28 is also posted here. Restaurants must follow guidelines in the order, and can refer to Appendix I for the most up to date information.

 

Note: Performers in a restaurant must maintain a minimum of 25 feet of distance from the patrons.

If your facility cannot meet the items outlined in the order, or if you are not comfortable with opening your facility to dining, you may continue with the Pickup/Delivery options as outlined.  If your county is operating under an approved variance, you may either continue to follow those guidelines or choose to follow these State guidelines.  That decision is yours to make.  You may pick one or the other, but you should not be mixing and matching between the order and the variance.  Should you have questions regarding an approved variance, please check with the appropriate contact in your county.  Currently Morgan County does not have an approved variance within our region.  Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma Counties have been approved by the State of Colorado for a variance at this time.  Any questions on Restaurants following a variance in these counties can be referred to:

  • Logan County: 970-522-0888

  • Phillips County: 970-854-2454

  • Sedgwick County: 970-474-3355

  • Washington County: 970-345-2701 option 7

  • Yuma County: 970-332-5796

 

Face Coverings: Executive Order D 2020 110 amends, restates, and extends Executive Orders D 2020 039, D 2020 067, and D 2020 092 to protect Coloradans by requiring certain employees to wear a non-medical mask covering their nose and mouth while at work and while serving the public. This Executive Order also protects our State and county employees and the individuals they serve from infection by ensuring that masks are worn within Government Offices and Facilities, and provides discretion to certain employers to deny admittance to individuals who fail to wear a medical or non-medical face covering.  The order shall expire thirty (30) days from June 20, 2020, unless extended further by Executive Order. A copy of the order can be found here.  In an effort to provide not only additional clarity on industry and business-specific safety measures, but also to synthesize information from many State of Colorado sources, CDPHE has created Civil Rights Guidance for Employers and Places of Public Accommodation.

The Amended Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home requires workers to wear face coverings.  All Business and Government Functions. Critical Businesses, Critical Government Functions, Non-Critical Office-Based Businesses, Personal Services, Limited Healthcare Settings, and Non-Critical Retail all have guidelines within the order asking for face coverings to be provided and worn in different settings. Please refer to the order here for the guidelines for each type of business. Restaurants and bars require employees to wear face coverings at all times, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, in which case reasonable accommodations should be pursued to maintain the safety and health of all parties, or when the work space allows for 6 feet distancing at all times, and encourage the use of gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Require face coverings and encourage gloves for vendors, suppliers, and contract workers entering the licensed establishment, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, in which case reasonable accommodations should be pursued to maintain the safety and health of all parties.

Self Service Beverage Machines (e.g. soda fountains, cappuccino machines, or other like equipment): Variances may remove the option for these types of machines, and guidance documents identifying the banning all self-service including the soda fountains and drink stations. The Safer at Home Public Health Order has been updated to state that restaurants and bars are to eliminate self-service stations that have multi-use utensils (such as coffee urns) and implement touchless self-service wherever practicable. Self-service refills are not allowed. At this time we are asking the operators to determine if they can follow their corporate guidelines, or those outlined in Public Health Orders, to either continue or to discontinue these services. Other Items currently required by the Safer at Home Public Health order are:

  • Elevate and increase frequency of cleaning practices, including cleaning and disinfection of high touch areas.  

  • provide hand sanitizer and wipes at entrances and other high-traffic locations to the greatest extent possible.

  • Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene and other sanitation practices.   

  • Create signage to encourage the use of masks and gloves by customers while on the premises.
     

Other items for consideration:

  • Provide methods for those customers that may be uncomfortable using these items. Examples could be: wearing a glove to make selections, pushing selections with a napkin, pushing buttons with another object that can be discarded, provide ice in their cup and allow them only to fill with their soda selection in which the cup makes contact with the lever.

  • If possible in their workplace, clean between each individual customer.  

  • Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas, and follow the directions on the label.
     

Hotel Continental Breakfast: Continental Breakfast stations within hotels are considered buffet style service, which is not allowed at this time. Food can still be served as room service, via an employee filling a plate for service directly to the customer, or in a manner that allows for packaging of the items as a to go item (labeling requirements apply). For beverage machine questions, please see the self service beverage machine information listed above.

Bars (Includes Alcohol Service at Golf Courses)

Contact Heather Coin heatherc@nchd.org; 970-848-3811 ext. 3022

 

Washington County has been approved a variance from the Safer at Home order, and has been classified in the low viral spread category.  This affects bars within Washington County. How CDPHE defines low, medium, and high transmission levels can be found here. Questions related to the Washington County variance can be forwarded to the Commissioners Office at (970) 345-2701 option 7.  Bar owners in Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, and Yuma Counties should also refer to their local variance to see if their operations differ from the statewide order.  

 

Effective July 1, 2020, paragraph 2 under section II.C was rescinded.  Only Bars that offer food from a licensed retail food establishment for on-premise consumption and follow the Restaurant requirements in Appendix I of the Order, including seating all patrons at tables a minimum of 6 feet apart, may operate up to 50% of the posted occupancy limit or 50 patrons indoors, whichever is less.  Extra large establishments may expand to no more than 100 patrons indoors within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator.  All other Bars are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public, but may offer alcoholic beverages with food service offered through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery or any manner set forth in the PHO and in accordance with mandatory Social Distancing Requirements.

Note: Performers in a bar must maintain a minimum of 25 feet of distance from the patrons.

Child Care

Contact Amber Donovan amberd@nchd.org; 970-854-2717 ext. 5023

As of June 4th, Childcare Facilities may operate under their Department of Human Services license occupancy. Child care centers will no longer be restricted to groups of 10 children and can return to their licensing ratios, as long as physical distancing and stable groups are still maintained (“stable” means that the same children are in the same group each day). This allows additional facilities to open or expand as increased workforce returns. This guidance is applicable to child care centers, family child care homes, and building-based school-age child care programs only.  It does not include school-age day camps, license-exempt youth programs, or children’s resident camps.  School-age day camps, license-exempt youth programs, and children’s resident camps  are currently allowed to operate with smaller ratios as outlined in the public health order.  Providers are also encouraged to engage children in outdoor play as much as possible, as this is a safer way for children to interact while still maintaining physical distancing.

Masks are required for staff caring for children and interacting with parents to the extent possible and as long as it doesn’t impact the health of the wearer. Children under the age of 3 within the child care should not wear masks and no child should wear a mask while napping

Water Play (kiddie pools, sprinklers, etc.). Upon further consideration by CDPHE, they have determined that the use of sprinklers can be done safely as long as 6 feet of distance between children is maintained. However, no other water play should occur due to water being a vehicle for many illnesses and the difficulty to maintain 6 feet of distance between children. 

Yard or Garage Sales

Contact Mickey George mickeyg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2226

Some of the cities in our jurisdiction already require a permit from the city in order to hold a Yard or Garage Sale, and may have requirements for where/how these are held.  Callers should check with their local city to determine if a permit is required.  Those individuals holding sales should do so in a way consistent with the Non-Critical Retail guidelines within the Safer at Home Order. Shoppers must be limited to no more than ten (10) individuals on the premises in order to make 6 foot distancing between the shoppers attainable.

Playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities (e.g. tennis, basketball courts, pickleball courts)

Contact Mickey George mickeyg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2226

Playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities (i.e. tennis, basketball, and pickleball courts) may be open for use for no more than 25 people at a time.  High touch areas should be cleaned and disinfected frequently. Full guidance can be found on the
CDPHE website here.

 

Recreation Centers, Indoor Pools, and Gyms (defined as a building or room used for indoor sports or exercise, such as fitness, dance, exercise or group classes, exercise studios and centers, bowling alleys, pools, and other indoor athletic facilities.)

Mel Bustos melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

Trish McClain trishm@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2248

Gyms, recreation centers and indoor pools may open at 25% capacity, not to exceed 50 patrons, whichever is less, per room, maintaining 6 feet distancing.  Sharing of equipment is discouraged, and equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between uses.  Restrooms, showers and lockers are open. Full guidance can be found on the CDPHE website here.

All aspects of the state order are in effect statewide unless/until a specific county has a variance request and plan approved by CDPHE.  Gyms in Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties should refer to their local variance to see if their operations are included.

 

Educational Institutions that Provide Critical Services to
Students and the General Public

Contact Amber Donovan amberd@nchd.org; 970-854-2717 ext. 5023

 

P-12 public schools and private schools for the purpose of providing meals, housing, facilitating or providing materials for distance learning, and providing other essential services to students are allowed, provided that Social Distancing requirements are observed. Guidance

 

Organized Recreational Youth or Adult League Sports

Contact Amber Donovan amberd@nchd.org; 970-854-2717 ext. 5023

 

These are not the same as youth sports camps (day camps).  Activities may resume with no more than 25 players both indoors and outdoors.  Parents may attend youth sports activities but must remain 6 feet apart from non-household members.  Spectators are strongly discouraged for adult sports.  Adult and youth sports tournaments that attract crowds or travelers are not authorized within the current order.  The sports league must retain records of who played in case later disease outbreak investigations become necessary.  Sporting events outside of recreational sports leagues are not authorized within the current order.  Full guidance can be found on the CDPHE website here.

 

Children’s Day Camps, Youth Sports Camps, and Exempt Single Skill-Building Youth Camps

Contact Heather Coin heatherc@nchd.org; 970-848-3811 ext. 3022

Children’s day camps, youth sports camps, and exempt single skill-building youth camps may open in accordance with the requirements of Appendix J within the Safer at Home Order. Residential camps may operate with groups of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, and must follow the requirements of Appendix J of the order.  Children’s residential camps that choose to operate as day camps must work with the Colorado Department of Human Services and their local public health agency (LPHA) for approval.  Day camps, including mobile, youth sports camps, and outdoor camps, must operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, as specified in the guidance.

 

Pools

Contact Conner Gerken connerg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2260

Outdoor swimming pools may open at 50% capacity, limited to no more than 50 people (this includes staff). Frequently touched surfaces, shared objects, and bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected every hour.  Full guidance can be found on the CDPHE website here.  Some county variances discuss recreation activities, and it is unclear if this includes pool operations.  Any questions on a specific county variance are to be directed to the appropriate contact for that variance.

Swim Beaches

Contact Conner Gerken connerg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2260

According to an update from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, swim and beach areas are now open.  You can see the update here.

 

Agency officials encourage all park visitors to follow outdoor recreation best practices and recommendations provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19.

Campgrounds

Contact Conner Gerken connerg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2260

Some State Parks have been reopened to camping on May 12th. North Sterling State Park and Jackson Lake State Park are included in the list of sites. Per a Colorado Parks and Wildlife News Release, camping at Julesburg Reservoir (Jumbo) State Wildlife Area remains closed until further notice. People may still visit the Jumbo Reservoir SWA for day-use recreation and take advantage of fishing and boating opportunities in Colorado’s great outdoors. The closure is noted on the CPW Reopening Camping FAQ document, which can be found here

Effective May 25, 2020 private campsites are open. Campground operators must regularly clean and disinfect all common areas, such as bathrooms, in accordance with the CDPHE Cleaning Guidance. Group facilities, pavilions, cabins, and yurts remain closed. Campsites must be a minimum of 6 feet apart, and should only be available by reservation. Campground operators must post signs to remind guests of physical distancing requirements, and limit visitors in campground offices to maintain such distancing.  Group picnic areas for groups of 25 or fewer, campgrounds including cabins, yurts, group camping for groups of 25 or fewer, and camper services buildings are now open.  However,  playgrounds at Colorado's state parks remain closed until further notice.  Any variance questions in regards to camping can be forwarded to the appropriate county contact.

Agency officials encourage all park visitors to follow outdoor recreation best practices and recommendations provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19.

Best practices for camping can be found at:

Outdoor Recreation

Contact Mickey George mickeyg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2226

Non-guided recreation in groups no larger than 10, and Non-guided equipment rentals are subject to compliance with the retail requirements.  Guide services for fishing, hunting, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, ATV tours, and climbing are permitted in groups no larger than 10 (not including staff).  Trail and conservation crews no larger than 10.  Limit the number of people inside a facility to no more than 10 at one time, at a maximum of 50% occupancy, or follow Retail or Restaurant guidelines where applicable. Full guidance can be found on the CDPHE website here.

 

Short Term Rentals

Contact Mickey George mickeyg@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2226

CDPHE added guidance for short term rentals effective immediately. Information can be found here.

 


Libraries & Museums

Contact Heather Coin heatherc@nchd.org; 970-848-3811 ext. 3022

Libraries and museums can now operate under the indoor event requirements and guidelines, Section I.H.4 of the public health order.   Libraries and Museums may also fall into those counties who have included them in their variance.  Libraries and Museums should reach out to their local county contact to see if they are included within a variance, as this may affect the capacities or services allowed.

Marinas

Mel Bustos melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

People may still visit state parks (including the Jumbo Reservoir SWA) for day-use recreation (fishing and boating) if they are not planning to camp. Only two State Park campgrounds are open in our counties at this time. See the camping section for more information.  As of today, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails, boat ramps, marinas, and shorelines remain open. If it's a private business chartering boats from some portion of a marina, this likely falls into the bucket of "outdoor recreation", and is not opened up yet. Private businesses chartering boats from some portion of a marina falls into the bucket of "outdoor recreation", and must follow all outdoor recreation requirements.

Court Rooms

Mel Bustos melb@nchd.org; 970-867-4918 ext. 2262

Judicial branch operations are listed as a Critical Government Function. This includes state and municipal courts including attorneys, experts, witnesses, parties, and any personnel necessary for trials, court appearances, or other court business. The Judicial branch is encouraged to make remote participation available to the greatest extent possible, and must follow any requirements within the order for Critical Government Functions.

Decision Tools for
Schools and Child Care

 
As public venues begin to (re)open, CDC has released decision tools for a variety of settings. These are tools that leaders in these settings may use as they make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Decision Tools for
Businesses and Workplaces

 
As public venues begin to (re)open, CDC has released decision tools for a variety of settings. These are tools that leaders in these settings may use as they make decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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