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Guidelines Released for Re-opening of Colorado Businesses

Early this week, Governor Polis issued a “Safer at Home” Executive Order allowing for the gradual re-opening of critical and non-critical businesses in Colorado..  The next important step of this process is providing guidelines for businesses on the safety protocols for re-opening their operations. Those guidelines can be found here along with an FAQ to help answer your questions.
 
We strongly encourage you to review the Public Health Order since each business has unique operations, but we’ve highlighted some general safety protocols for non-critical and critical businesses below: 
 
All Business and Government Functions. Critical Businesses, Critical Government Functions, Non-Critical Office-Based Businesses, Personal Services, Limited Healthcare Settings, and Non-Critical Retail shall follow the protocols below (pgs. 7-9 of Public Health Order):
 
1. Employers and sole proprietors shall take all of the following measures within the workplace to minimize disease transmission:
 
a. deputize a workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues;
b. maintain 6 foot separation between employees and discourage shared spaces;
c. clean and disinfect all high touch areas;
d. post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene;
e. ensure proper ventilation;
f. avoid gatherings (meetings, waiting rooms, etc) of more than 10 people;
g. implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring),conduct monitoring),conduct daily temperature checks and monitor
symptoms in employees. A sample form can be found here. If an employee reports any symptoms, refer symptomatic employees to the CDPHE Symptom Tracker and take all of the following steps:
  1. send employee home immediately
  2. increase cleaning in your facility and require social distancing of staff at least 6 feet apart from one another; exclude employee until they are fever-free, without medication, for 72 hours and 7 days have passed since their first symptom; and if multiple employees have these symptoms, contact your local health department; and
h. eliminate or regularly clean and disinfect any items in common spaces, such as break rooms, that are shared between individuals, such as condiments, coffee makers, vending machines.
 
2Employers shall take all of the following measures regarding employees to minimize disease transmission
 
a. require employees to stay home when showing any symptoms or signs of sickness, and connect employees to company or state benefits providers;
b. provide work accommodations for vulnerable individuals, who remain subject to Stay at Home advisement, prioritizing telecommuting, as vulnerable individuals shall not be compelled to go to work during the pendency of this pandemic emergency;
c. provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay at Home due to underlying condition, age, or other factor;
d. encourage and enable remote work whenever possible;
e. encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer; f. phase shift and breaks to reduce density; and
g. provide appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings. 
 
3. Employers and sole proprietors shall implement the following measures regarding customers to minimize disease transmission
 
a. create whenever possible special hours for vulnerable individuals only;
b. encourage 6 foot distancing inside of the business for all patrons;
c. encourage customer use of protection like gloves and face coverings;
d. provide hand sanitizer at the entrances to the greatest extent possible; and
e. use contactless payment solutions, no touch trash cans, etc. whenever possible. 
 
4. Employers with over fifty (50) employees in any one location shall, in addition to the above requirements, implement the following protocols
 
a. implement stations for symptom screening and temperature checks, and follow the requirements in Section II.G.1.g above;
b. close common areas to disallow gatherings of employees;
c. implement mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols; and
d. require mandatory adherence to social distancing requirements. 
 
Again, we encourage you to review the full Public Health Order and FAQ documents for implementing proper safety protocols for your operations. Please contact Loren Furman at lfurman@cochamber.com or at 303-866-9642 with any questions regarding this information or the re-opening process.
 
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