Safer At Home
Guidelines & Resources

Tattoo shops, 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

Per Public Health Order 20-28 the opening date for personal services and retail is May 1st. Tattoo shops are regulated by NCHD, so they will be required to complete the Business Social Distancing Protocol for submission and approval.  For hair salons and dog groomers, we just ask that it is filled out, the requirements are met, and that a copy is sent to NCHD and posted on site. Guidance

 

The following services are permitted provided customers can still wear a mask for the entirety of the service: acupuncture (non-medical), athletic training (non-medical), eyebrow services (waxing, threading, tinting, microblading), eyelash services (extensions, lifting, tinting), hair cuts, coloring, styling, manicures, makeup application (must keep mask on, but can receive eye makeup), massage (non-medical), 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 or other forms of hair removal (e.g., eyebrows, arms, legs, chest, etc.), Botox and other facial fillers (e.g. eyebrows, arms, chest, etc.), permanent cosmetic services (e.g., eyebrows, arms, chest, etc.)

The following services are NOT permitted at this time, as hygiene and sanitation cannot be assured to the level required at this time: beard trims and shaving, facials, jet baths, mud baths, saunas, steam rooms, waxing, laser and other forms of hair removal for areas around the notes and mouth that would necessitate mask removal (e.g., lips, chins, nostrils, etc.), Botox and other facial fillers for areas around the nose and mouth that would necessitate mask removal (e.g., lips, chins, nostrils, etc.), permanent cosmetic services (e.g., lips, chins, nostrils, etc.), whirlpools

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

Per Public Health Order 20-28 starting April 27, 2020 retail business can provide curbside pickup and delivery. On May 1st retail business can open for customers to enter the business if best practices are used (following Appendix A within the order). Please complete the Business Social Distancing Protocol, the requirements are met, and that a copy is sent to NCHD and posted on site. Guidance

Massage Therapy, Acupuncturists, and Chiropractors

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

After long discussion and review of the new state Public Health Order that was issued NCHD has made the interpretation that these operations may resume business effective April 27th under the "Limited Healthcare Settings" definition (Public Health Order 20-28, Section III. K).

This early opening provision is contingent upon the ability to demonstrate compliance with the requirements set forth in Section II. I (page 6), and Appendix E (pages 23-25) of the attached Order.  It is also important that they distinguish the services provided between now and May 1st as being of some medical/therapeutic need as opposed to providing services for relaxation purposes (massages simply for relaxation, etc.).

To aid in complying with the requirements outlined above, we have some resources under the 'Business Resources' section), such as a Social Distancing Protocol and a variety of signage.

On May 1st, they may resume all regular services, provided they are able to demonstrate compliance with the requirements set forth in Section II. I (page 6), and Appendix D (pages 21-22). Guidance

 

Churches

Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick and Yuma Counties have been granted a variance at this time.  Any questions on Churches 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 Sedgwick County variance can be forwarded to the Sedgwick County Communication Center at 970-474-3355.

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


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

These counties are following the Amended Safer at Home Order 20-28 (May 14th), which says:  In-person pastoral services for individuals who are in crisis or in need of end of life services provided social distancing is observed to the greatest extent possible. Houses of worship may remain open, however, these institutions are encouraged to implement electronic platforms to conduct services whenever possible or to conduct smaller (10 or fewer congregants per room while ensuring 6 feet in between congregants), more frequent services to allow strict compliance with Social Distancing Requirements.

Still recommend everyone wear masks if they are able. A drive in option would allow more people to be there as long as they stay in their cars.

Gatherings/Meetings (VFW, Elks, Fairgrounds, etc.)

County variances may allow different gathering numbers.  Callers should refer to their county variances for gathering sizes. 

 

Group gatherings under the Safer at Home order still have a limit on gatherings of under 10 people. It is safest continuing to only socialize with members of your household. Any gatherings with people outside your household, either indoors or outdoors, should adhere to all physical distancing requirements, the use of face coverings, and other recommendations. 

 

Variances do not authorize gatherings with higher risk of exposure such as festivals, fairs, and concerts, as the state will issue more guidance on when and how those types of events may open in the future.  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.

Child Care

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

 

Child care facilities must to the extent possible, operate under the following conditions: (1) child care must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day); (2) children shall not change from one group to another; (3) If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate group.  Groups shall not mix with each other; (4) child care workers shall remain solely with one group of children.

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.  Child Care Decision Tree 

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.

Medical, Dental, and Veterinary

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

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

Certain Variances may allow for elective procedures to resume.  Any questions regarding county approved variances should be directed to the appropriate contact.  For other counties, 

PHO 20-29 (amended on May 5, 2020) Voluntary or Elective Surgeries or Procedures at Medical, Dental, and Veterinary settings, including healthcare facilities, offices or practices, surgical centers, hospitals, or any other healthcare setting (Facilities or Facility), may restart in accordance with the priorities, requirements, and specific criteria outlined within the order.

 

Retail Food Facilities

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

Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, 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 Sedgwick County variance can be forwarded to the Sedgwick County Communication Center at 970-474-3355.

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

Guidance regarding indoor and outdoor on-premise dining is now available so businesses can prepare to reopen. Effective May 27th, 2020, restaurants may open to in-person dining indoors at 50% of the posted occupancy code limit, not to exceed 50 people, whichever is less. 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 (and new space if your city code allows) licensed outdoor space for in-person dining with the same group limit of 8 and minimum spacing of patrons 6 feet apart. Restaurants must work with local authorities to get authorization for expanding space to accommodate outdoor dine-in for adjacent or nonadjacent public or private spaces prior to use.

 

Restaurants can only open for in-person dining if the following requirements are met:

  • Patrons in different parties must be a minimum of 6 feet apart. The spacing of tables should be 6 feet or more to ensure proper physical distancing between diners from different parties.

  • All employees must wear face coverings.

  • Ensure maximum ventilation by opening windows and minimizing air conditioning to the extent possible.

  • Deep clean and disinfect all shared surfaces between parties/at each turnover.

  • Parties must stay seated together and will not be allowed to mingle with other parties.

  • Read the full restaurant guidance here. CDPHE has released this guidance in English with the following Languages coming soon:  Español, Tiếng Việt, 中文 , Soomaali, العربية, नेपाली.  More information can also be found on CDPHE's website here.  An official Public Health Order will be issued later today.

 

If your facility cannot meet the items outlined in the guidance, 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. Should you have questions regarding an approved variance, please check with the appropriate contact in your county. Currently, Washington and Morgan Counties do not have an approved variance within our region. Other variance contacts are as follows:

  • Logan County: 970-522-0888

  • Phillips County: 970-854-2454

  • Sedgwick County: 970-474-3355

  • Yuma County: 970-332-5796

 

Face Coverings: PHO 20-26 requires workers who prepare or handle food that will be made available to the public for purchase, such as restaurant or grocery store workers, must wear a face covering while performing tasks involving food preparation and handling. Masks must also be used by employees who have contact within 6 feet of the public. Employees without face coverings shall not perform tasks that require engagement with the public or with other coworkers. Facilities are required to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees who are managing deliveries, returns, etc.

Self Service Beverage Machines (e.g. soda fountains, cappuccino machines, or other like equipment:  The Yuma County variance removes the option for these types of machines, and there are guidance documents out there that do identify banning all self-service including the soda fountains and drink stations. The Safer at Home Public Health Order does not spell out every detail for every entity. Anything that contradicts the order can be seen as an item that should not be occurring. 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. We have asked our licensed facilities to operationalize in a way that allows for the safe use of these items, and at this time have not been closing these items. 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 some other method for the use of 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, and must be served as room service only at this time.

Bars & Movies Theaters

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

Bar owners in Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick and Yuma Counties should refer to their local variance to see if their operations are included.

All other Bars and movie theatres remain closed under the Safer at Home order.  Bar establishments that do not serve food will be evaluated in June. The intent of the current restaurant reopening guidance is to open establishments in which people traditionally associate only with those in their party and for the primary purpose of dine-in service, or what is colloquially referred to as “restaurants.” Whether something can open as a restaurant depends on whether the establishment is set up to host patrons for meals.  In many cases, this is straightforward when an establishment already functions as a conventional restaurant and has a full service kitchen. There may be some establishments, like breweries with large indoor and outdoor spaces, that want to change their business model to re-open and operate like a restaurant. In these cases, all food must be provided by a licensed retail food establishment. If you feel that you fall into this category, please check with NCHD for guidance on how to proceed. 

Gyms

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

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

Rural Colorado looks much different from a gym in metro Denver. However, the order is very clear about gyms. Gyms include fitness, dance, exercise or group classes,

exercise studios and centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, and other indoor athletic facilities are to remain closed. Personal training services may be provided starting on May 1 with a maximum of 10 per session, and only 4 per trainer.  All social distancing requirements must be met.  Example:  Have 2 staff doing personal training for 4 clients each for a total of 10 people per gathering.  All aspects of the state order are in effect statewide unless/until a specific county has a variance request and plan approved by CDPHE. 

 

Schools concerning graduations

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

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

The Public Health Order does not allow for gatherings of more than 10 people.  We have reached out to CDPHE for more guidance.  As the safer at home order currently reads, graduations would still be a violation as a gathering of more than 10 people.

CDE Guidance

 

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

 

Summer Youth Sports

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

These are not the same as youth sports camps (day camps).  Under CDPHE’s guidance on the Safer at Home website, under LOCAL AND PERSONAL RECREATION it says “No Team Sports.” Guidance

 

Children’s Day Camps & Youth Sports Camps

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

Day camps will be able to open starting on June 1st.  Guidance can be found here.  Residential overnight camps are prohibited in the month of June.  Decisions for July and August overnight camps will be made in mid-June.  Children’s residential camps that choose to operate as day camps must work with the Colorado Department of Human Services and NCHD for approval.  Day camps, including mobile and outdoor camps, must operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, as specified in the guidance. Outdoor day camps may be held with up to 25 campers per group.  Indoor day camps must remain at 10 campers per room which includes four walls and a door.  Groups of campers must remain with the same group and not mix with other groups during structured time or free time. Campers both indoors and outdoors must be spaced 6 feet apart, to the greatest extent possible. The decision to not allow overnight camps was based on the consideration of the potential for exposure to COVID-19 and how feasible it is to adhere to public health guidelines in each setting.  Kids at overnight camps spend longer periods of time with each other, and it is more challenging to keep them in consistent groups.  In addition, many of the facilities for overnight camps are difficult to thoroughly disinfect between each camper’s use. Data will be re-evaluated in mid-June to determine whether overnight camps can open for July or August.

Pools

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

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.
 

Currently, all swimming pools are closed under the most recent Safe at Home order. After June 1, 2020,  the state will decide if the Safer at Home order can be further modified to phase in other things like summer activities and public spaces. The Governor will make these decisions on a rolling basis, based on the latest data and evidence. Individuals are only encouraged to only leave their residence to perform Necessary Activities outlined within the order. The department relies heavily on the CDC for guidance on swimming pool cleaning and disinfection and is developing guidelines that will be consistent with the CDC. Pool operators and managers are encouraged to get familiar with the CDC procedures during this time of uncertainty. Updates are posted regularly on the state COVID-19 website and they also notify swimming pool stakeholders through their communication channels (see an example of Safer at Home pool stakeholder message update). Pool stakeholders can sign up for information through their list-serves on their stakeholder website.  
 

This rule applies to hotels, HOAs, apartments, condos and other similar facilities. Other aspects of a fitness center in these types of facilities may remain open, as allowed, but pools are specifically closed. 

Swim Beaches

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

Until further notice designated swim and beach areas remain closed to public use at the North Sterling State Park.  

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds all state park visitors that designated swim and beach areas remain closed at Colorado’s state parks to protect public health due to COVID-19.  It is important that everyone respect all posted seasonal, wildlife and COVID-19 related closures, and do their part to provide a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience. Additional areas that discourage social distancing including group picnic areas, group camping, showers and laundry facilities remain closed until further notice per Governor Polis’s Safer at Home order. 

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, private campsites may reopen.  Private campgrounds must consult with local county or municipality and their local public health agency for additional guidance and regulations.  If a host county would like to keep campsites closed, county commissioners should consult with their local public health agency, and then notify the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and CDPHE in writing.  Any variance questions in regards to camping can be forwarded to the appropriate county contact.

Additional areas that discourage social distancing including group picnic areas, group camping, showers and laundry facilities remain closed until further notice per Governor Polis’s Safer at Home order. 

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:

Museums and Libraries (for public entrance) concerning PHO 20-28

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

After June 1, the state will decide if the Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home can be further modified to phase in public spaces like libraries and Museums.  The Governor will make these decisions on a rolling basis, based on the latest data and evidence.  Museums and Libraries may also fall into those counties that have included them in their variance.  Museums and Libraries should reach out to their local county contact to see if they are included within a variance.  

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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