COVID-19 Resources & Information

See 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

Mandatory Masks in Public Indoor Spaces (through 8/15 unless extended)

On July 16th, citing “alarming trends” and the need to as quickly as possible slow the spread of the virus, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 138, a mandatory statewide mask order that goes that went into effect at midnight on July 16, 2020, and will be in effect for 30 days – it may be extended.

 

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.

 

The executive order states indoor businesses must refuse service to people who are not wearing masks.  Licensed businesses are at risk of losing their license if they do not enforce this mandate.  Businesses must post signs at entrances that instruct customers they must wear a mask when entering or moving around inside the business.

 

What does it mean to be unable to medically tolerate a face covering?  Essentially, this means a person who has trouble breathing or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more from the CDC about other reasons face coverings may not be possible in every situation or for some people.

 

How does the mandate apply to gyms and indoor pools?
You do not have to wear a mask if you are exercising alone or with others from your own household.  But, if you are exercising with a group of people in a public indoor space, then yes, you must wear a mask.  You should take your mask off while swimming in the pool but you must put it back on while you are not swimming but in the pool area.

 

Mask Order FAQs
Governor’s PowerPoint on Mask Order

 

The mask order requires businesses to post signs at entrances that instruct customers they must wear a mask when entering or moving around inside the business.

 

Below are links to signs created by the State regarding the statewide mask mandate:

 

If you choose to make your own mask signage, below are some logos that you might want to include:

 

 

 

Denver Face Covering Order:

Properties located in the City & County of Denver also need to comply with the City’s Face Covering Order.  Owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces in Denver must post signs in a conspicuous place at every public entrance to the facility and restrict access for people who are not complying with the face-covering requirement. Signs must be clearly visible to the public and must use a city-provided template in a size not less than 11-inches wide and 14-inches in height. Signs must be posted by July 28, 2020.

 

Alcohol Sales

Alcohol Sales Must End by 10:00 p.m. – On July 21st, the Governor announced that, for the next 30 days, the State is suspending all alcohol sales after 10:00 p.m. each day. This will apply to all entities that are licensed to sell liquor. “All licensees contained in Articles 3, 4, and 5 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes must cease alcohol beverage sales to end consumers at 10:00 P.M. each day,” the Executive Order reads. The Order takes effect at 9:00 a.m. July 23, 2020. 

Guests may consume drinks after 10 p.m. so long as they have been ordered and paid for prior to that time.  This order applies to restaurants, bars, meeting/event spaces, room service, and grab-and-go.  

Click here for the full Executive Order.

 

 

Protect Our Neighbors (through 8/8 unless extended)

On June 30th, the Governor announced the Protect Our Neighbor phase.  Protect Our Neighbors will give local communities more freedom to provide economic opportunity while ensuring that they have the necessary public capacity.

Counties or regions who meet the requirements outline an apply to CDPHE to move into the new phase beginning next week.

To qualify Counties must demonstrate:   

  • Sufficient hospital bed capacity
  • Sufficient PPE supply
  • Stable or declining cases of COVID-19 hospitalizations 
  • Fewer new COVID-19 cases
  • Sufficient testing capacity 
  • The ability to implement case investigation and contact tracing protocols
  • Documented surge capacity plans for case investigation and contact tracing 
  • Strategies to offer testing to close contacts of outbreak-associated cases.

*** The exact numbers to meet metrics will be different for each county, based on population. 

The Protect our Neighbors phase will remain in effect until there is a cure or vaccine for the virus.

 

 

 

 

Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors (through 7/30 unless extended)

On June 1st, Governor Polis issued the Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors Executive Order.  To implement the Governor’s order, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment then issued the Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors Public Health Order.  The order went into effect on June 1st – with many of the provisions, including the opening of pools, going into effect on June 4th.

 

Effective June 4, 2020:

  • Outdoor swimming pools may open at 50% capacity, limited to no more than 50 people, with the bathrooms and showers open but the lockers remain closed. Frequently touched surfaces, shared objects, and bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected every hour.  CDC guidance on COVID-19 pool safety.
  • Gyms, recreation centers, and indoor pools may open, with no more than 10 people per room, maintaining 6 feet distancing.

 

Indoor Event Guidelines

The CDPHE guidelines for indoor events, includes meetings, events, conferences and receptions, and trade shows.  The guidelines allow for indoor events to resume based on the following capacities:

Limit capacity depending on venue size accounting for usable square footage* with a maximum of 100 people per room.

  • For groups of 50% of capacity or a maximum of 50 people, and where parties are seated, there are no shared activities, you may follow the restaurant guidelines, including 6′ social distancing between parties.
  • For groups of between 50 and 100 and/or groups where parties are moving and/or there are shared activities, you must use the social distancing calculator to determine your allowable capacity.    “In order to maintain at least 6 feet of separation from each other when taking into account the unpredictable dynamics of each person’s movement, this calculator uses a 12-foot grid distribution.”

There are several other requirements in the Indoor Guidelines that you must comply with – click here for the full list.

 

Outdoor Event Guidelines

The CDPHE guidelines for outdoor events includes outdoor receptions and events.   The guidelines allow for indoor events to resume based on the following capacities:

Limit capacity depending on venue size accounting for usable square footage* with a maximum of 175 people per designated activity.

  • For groups where parties are seated, there are no shared activities, you may follow the restaurant guidelines, including 6′ social distancing between parties.
  • For groups where parties are not seated and there are shared activities, you must calculate capacity for square footage of usable space using the Social Distancing Space Calculatorwhich requires 12′ of distance between parties.

In addition, the guidelines require you to comply with several other requirements – click here for the full list.

 

Restaurant Guidelines

The CDPHE”s restaurant guidelines allow “restaurants, where patrons go for the primary purpose of dine in service, may open up to 50%, or 50 people, whichever is fewer, so long as each table is at least 6 feet apart.”  In addition, the guidelines require you to comply with several other requirements – click here for the full restaurant guidelines.

 

Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors PHO –  Click here for the current Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors Public Health Order.

 

Mask Requirement for Critical Employees EO –  Click here for the current executive order that requires that all critical employees wear masks at work – this

 

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 alcoholic beverages if the customer, who is over twenty-one and also purchases food through June 29, 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. 

 

Disaster Declaration (Through 8/5 unless extended)

 

 

Extending Executive Order Ordering Expedited Unemployment Insurance Claim Processing to Provide Relief to Coloradans Affected by COVID-19 (Through 8/11 unless extended)

 

Amending and Extending Executive Orders D 2020 071 and D 2020 107 Concerning the Suspension of Statutes to Allow the Operation of Alternate Care Sites in Colorado Due to the Presence of COVID-19 (Through 8/13 unless extended)

Local Orders & Information

Counties may seek a variance from the state’s “Safer-at-Home” public health order. Variances are generally less strict than the state’s order.  Click here for a list of county variances that have been approved by CDPHE.

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.