By Michael R. Greco, Fisher Phillips LLP
The Colorado Department of Public Health issued Public Health Order 20-28 to govern the next phase of Colorado’s reopening, labeled “Safer at Home.” Every business in Colorado planning to reopen over the next few weeks in some capacity should become familiar with the order and the requirements for its business.
The PHO also contains requirements for critical businesses that have been and will continue to operate during the Safer-at-Home Phase. The PHO was issued in response to the Governor’s Executive Order D 2020-44, which in addition to mandating return to work requirements, expanded the Colorado paid leave rule that initially came out in March.
Below are a few of the key provisions that will require action on the part of both critical and non-critical businesses. Employers must implement the following measures based on previous CHPHE guidance:
Please note that CDPHE has changed its guidance for how to monitor employee temperatures in the workplace. CDPHE now provides that the best practice for essential and nonessential businesses is to implement a temperature check station at the entrance to your business. If this is not feasible, employees should check for symptoms at home and report symptoms either electronically or on paper per the system created by the business.
Employers must also implement the following measures:
“Vulnerable individuals” have been expanded to include:
Employers with over 50 employees in one location have additional protocols to follow including stations for screening and temperature checks, closing common areas, and strict guidance to social distancing requirements.
In addition to numerous requirements for an employer to implement in order to be deemed safely operating during the Safer-at-Home phase, the PHO also includes restrictions and guidelines for customers and the public. The PHO reemphasizes previous guidance regarding social distancing, disinfection protocols, and limits on the number of people in gatherings. Critical and non-critical businesses should familiarize and train their supervisors and employees regarding the required protocols in the PHO.
What Should Employers Do?
As you begin the process of reopening, you should familiarize yourself with our alert: Back to Business Checklist and 5 Steps To Reopen Your Workplace, According To CDC’s Latest Guidance. You should also keep handy our 4-Step Plan For Handling Confirmed COVID-19 Cases When Your Business Reopens in the event you learn of a positive case at your workplace. For a more thorough analysis of the many issues you may encounter from a labor and employment perspective, we recommend you review our FP BEYOND THE CURVE: Post-Pandemic Back-To-Business FAQs For Employers and our FP Resource Center For Employers.
Fisher Phillips will continue to monitor the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation and provide updates as appropriate. Make sure you are subscribed to Fisher Phillips’ Alert System to get the most up-to-date information. For further information, contact Michael R. Greco.
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While City facilities have been closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, City Council Members continue to conduct business virtually while ‘at home’ orders are in place. Go to the City’s website to view agendas for upcoming meetings or join meetings online. Residents and business owners can also speak to Mayor Stephanie Piko during virtual Meet the Mayor meetings every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Fill out this form to sign up.
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During difficult times, it's important to remember that communities tend to step up to challenges in a variety of ways. We have seen uplifting stories in the news and on social media of people helping people and businesses helping businesses. The City is encouraging residents and business owners to tell their own positive stories from their area by using the hashtag #WeAreOneCentennial. Our plan is to share these on our social media channels in the hopes of inspiring others to do similar good deeds.
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Please contact the Warrior Bonfire Program to arrange picking up or delivering your flag. If you would like to have your US Flag retired for a fallen Veteran you wish to honor please include name, last rank and branch of service. Point of Contact is Mike Foss, [email protected]