Colorado Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on State Response to COVID-19 for April 27th
Gov. Polis Provides Update on Transition to Safer at Home
DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on Colorado’s transition to Safer at Home and discussed how this will impact Coloradans. The Governor also discussed the Executive Order and Public Health Order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that outlines Safer at Home requirements.
“The Stay-at-Home order has done just what we wanted it to – slowed the spread of the virus and bought us time to expand the capacity of our health care system. We are in this for the long haul, and Coloradans need to be prepared to follow social distancing requirements in the weeks and months ahead,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If Coloradans let up over the next few weeks, if we fail to take this new phase seriously — we might have to face staying at home again and all of our gains will be lost. I cannot stress this enough – we must continue to stay home as much as possible, wear facial masks when out, and be cautious and careful. We are nowhere near being back to normaL, but we will get through this together.”
In March, the Governor outlined a number of goals for the Stay-at-Home order which included:
Slowing the spread of the virus
Buying time to build health care capacity
Buying time to acquire masks, gloves, ventilators, etc.
Buying time to grow testing capacity & obtain supplies.
The state continues working to increase testing capacity and acquiring more critical personal protective equipment and supplies, but Colorado’s Stay-at-Home order has met the short-term goals the Governor identified last month.
Safer at Home is meant to provide a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans, while managing the spread of the virus to ensure our healthcare system has the capacity to manage an influx. Goals of this period include:
Managing the spread of the virus (R0 between 2 and 1)
Accessing to world-class health care for every Coloradan that gets sick
Finding a more sustainable way to live
Helping more Coloradans earn a living, while protecting health and safety
Minimizing secondary health effects (mental and behavioral health impacts)
The Safer at Home Executive Order is set to expire 30 days from April 27, but can be amended or extended at any time.
Changes happening during Safer at Home will be phased in, with different changes going into effect April 27, May 1 and May 4.
Monday, April 27
Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery. Real estate home showings can resume. Elective medical and dental procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols.
Friday, May 1
Retail businesses can phase-in a public opening if they are implementing best practices.
Personal services can open if they are implementing best practices.
Monday, May 4
Offices can reopen at 50% reduced in-person staffing capacity, if best practices are being implemented to protect the health and safety of employees. Businesses are encouraged to allow employees to continue telecommuting at higher levels if possible. Child care facilities can also expand or reopen if they are following Safer at Home requirements.