COVID-19 Resources & InformationSee below for orders, issuances and information regarding COVID-19 for Colorado Hotels. We are monitoring the situation and updating in real-time.
Statewide Orders & Information
Safer at Home
On Governor Polis issued a Safer at Home Executive Order, which “outlines a new level in Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans while slowing the spread of the virus and allowing more Coloradans to return to work. The Executive Order is tentatively set to expire 30 days from April 27, 2020, but can be amended or extended at any time.” Click here for more information on the Safer at Home Order.
As directed by the Governor’s Executive Order, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) issued the Under the Safer at Home Public Health Order, businesses (including hotels) will continue to operate.
Under the order, employers and sole proprietors shall take all of the following measures within the workplace to minimize disease transmission, in accord with the CDPHE Guidance:
- Deputize a workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues;
- Maintain 6 foot separation between employees and discourage shared spaces;
- Clean and disinfect all high touch areas;
- Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene;
- Ensure proper ventilation;
- Avoid gatherings including meetings, waiting rooms, etc. of more than 10 people;
- Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature 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:
- send employee home immediately;
- 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
- 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.
Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to do takeout/delivery until further notice. The State is “exploring phased-in reduced capacity opening” and mid-May has been mentioned as a possibility for onsite dining to reopen; although, no date has been confirmed.
The order continues to exempt Fitness centers and nonessential personal services that are limited to use only by hotel guests who are following social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet between individuals, and the hotel or property managers are performing frequent environmental cleaning. Pools are to remain closed under the order!
Allow for Delivery & Take Out of Alcohol – The Governor issued an Executive Order, which temporarily suspends the enforcement of the statutory license limitations for retailers licensed for on-premises alcohol consumption to sell, deliver or provide for takeout of sealed alcohol beverages if the customer, who is over twenty-one and also purchases food through April 30, 2020. Click here for the rules from the Liquor Enforcement Division related to this order.
On April 1st, the Liquor Enforcement Division released new information and guidance for industry members and licensees on Bulletin 12-03 – Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division Notice Guidance Regarding LED Response to COVID-19. Part of this new guidance, includes a rule that requires all alcohol that is sold for take-out to have this label attached.
Local Orders & Information
Stay at Home Order Extended
- Boulder County through May 8th
- Broomfield City & County through May 8th
- City & County of Denver through May 8th
- Gilpin County through May 8th
- Grand County closure of short-term rentals extended through May 21st
- Jefferson County through May 8th
- Las Animas & Huerfano Counties through April 30th
- Pitkin County through April 30th
- Tri-County Health Department (Adamas & Arapahoe Counties only) through May 8th
- Summit County through May 1st
Going Beyond Safer at Home
Eagle County – Eagle County issued a new public health order designed to move toward a more sustainable social distancing model to open businesses and recreation that are currently restricted. It allows more businesses to open in addition to previously allowed essential businesses, as long as the business can meet the requirements of the order. All businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
Limits travel into or around Eagle County to local residents only. “Local residents” are defined as persons who own, maintain, or live in a home or residence in Eagle County.
Mesa County – While the expiration of Colorado’s Stay-at-Home order, Mesa County is transitioning to the Safer at Home phase. Residents are still being asked to stay home as much as possible while allowing certain activities to resume with strict physical distancing measures in place.
Weld County – Weld County has plans to adopt a safer-at-work plan that would allow all businesses to open, if they choose to do so, under certain guidelines. Click here for the Weld County guidelines.
U.S. Department of Labor
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice, you are required to either post this poster or provide the notice to employees through email, direct mail or website, a new required poster. Click here to download the required poster. This notice must be posted in a conspicuous place on your premises or sent to your employees as of April 1, 2020. Companies with more than 500 employees are exempt from this requirement. Click here for FAQs on this new requirement from DOL
The U.S. Department of Labor published guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.
Paycheck Protection Act
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – click here for the SBA’s FAQs.
In addition, this guide provides information about all of the major programs and initiatives that are available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.