Safer At Home: What to Expect #SafetyFirst

April 29, 2020

Location will determine what happens when

Before diving in, it must be understood that Basalt and the midvalley’s mix of jurisdictions and county lines complicate an already confusing situation. The public health standards for one type of business/industry may not be the same as another, and the different counties will follow different timelines than that of its neighbors or the state. In every scenario – public health departments are making decisions based on the safety of and risk-level to the community in question. In the coming days and weeks what a business can do in Eagle County will likely differ from what a business can do in Pitkin County, or  another part of the state.
 
The transition from Stay At Home to Safer At Home will be different depending on who you are, where you live, and the type of business you operate (or work for). The timing will also vary.

NOTE: On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Pitkin County will  transition to Safer At Home, Phase I. The content below pre-dates that change and is accurate through May 8, 2020. An updated chart will be posted the week of May 11, 2020.

In the meantime, some helpful links:


 

Planning and Preparing for Safer At Home

As each local government releases additional specific details on its public orders, it will be posted on the Chamber’s website and on social media.
 
Social Distancing Requirements is defined as: “for all people not of the same household, maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet between people. You may not be inside of six feet for longer than ten (10) minutes, should wash hands with soap and water for a least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces and not shaking hands.”

 

 

EAGLE 

COVID Website

PITKIN

COVID Website

GARFIELD

County Website

Status

Safer-At-Home 

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Stay-At-Home

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Distancing goal 60%-65% physical distancing 75%-80% physical distancing 60%-65% physical distancing
Important Dates Effective April 27-May 31, 2020

Through April 30, 2020
May 8, 2020

Effective May 9th: the Pitkin County Public Health Order will change to be in line with the State of Colorado’s Safer at Home order. Details.

Effective April 27 through May 26, 2020, however most items take effect on May 4.

Public Orders

NOTE: Orders are based on public health safety and are subject to change based on evolving circumstances.

Eagle County Public Health Order – Phase I Social Distancing

(issued April 27)

Fifth Amended Notice of Public Health Order Stay-At-Home

(issued April 23, extended April 27)

Garfield County Public Health Orders – mirroring State’s order EXCEPT for the start dates (issued April 28) Garfield County Road Map to Reopening

Carbondale-specific publication

CDPHE Safer At Home website

General Public Measures

-Encouraged to stay at home as much as possible

-Strongly advised face coverings in public

-No gatherings over 10 people (Adhering to social distancing requirements – 6 ft apart)

-Sick people may not go to work

-Avoid unnecessary travel

-Older adults and/or those with a chronic health condition, recommended to stay at home

-Ordered to stay at home, except when absolutely necessary

-Strongly advised face coverings in public (details below)

-No gatherings over 5 people

-Sick people may not go to work

-Avoid unnecessary travel

-Encouraged to stay at home as much as possible

-Strongly advised face coverings in public (details below)

-No gatherings over 10 people (Adhering to social distancing requirements – 6 ft apart)

-Sick people may not go to work

-Avoid unnecessary travel

-Older adults and/or those with a chronic health condition, recommended to stay at home

Masks

Required for employees if 6 feet distance can’t be maintained beyond the momentary circumstances.

Strongly recommend that community members cover their faces when they enter businesses or whenever 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained for a prolonged period of time (10 minutes or longer) with anyone outside their household.

We wear masks to protect each other, not ourselves.

Letter from the Director of Eagle County Public Health.

Required in Town of Basalt  (Effective May 1-26): When entering and while inside the areas of a place of business open to the public, and in such other public indoor or outdoor places where persons are unable to maintain safe social distancing (e.g. six or more feet separation). Approved Resolution. Places of business open to the public shall not permit entry by persons not in compliance with this Public Health Order.

Required in City of Aspen through May 27.

All persons shall wear Face Coverings: a. when entering and while inside of a place of business open to the public, and b. in such other public indoor or outdoor places where persons are unable to maintain safe social distancing from others not of their own household.

Required in Pitkin County, effective May 9: For all employees in critical business and every member of the public in all public buildings/businesses and outside if you go within 6 feet, or are at risk of going within 6 ft, of another person. NOT necessary if greater than 6 feet from others for no longer than 10 minutes.

Required in Town of Basalt  (Effective May 1-26). See details to the left. Approved Resolution

 

Required in City of Glenwood Springs through May 9, 2020. June 4, 2020.

Reopening guidance for businesses

Eagle County COVID-19 Business Toolkit

Transitional Trail Map

FORM: Social Distancing Protocol (Businesses to complete and post)

Q & A Business Reopening: Phase 1 Guidance

Most businesses allowed to reopen for local residents, provided social distancing protocols are in place.

Questions?  Call (970) 328-9750 or email COVIDQuestions@eaglecounty.us

Only essential businesses at this time. Essential services: grocery, healthcare,
essential infrastructure (utilities, internet), hardware, gas stations, services to maintain
safety and sanitation in buildings, essential
government services and utilities or utility service providers, bike repair, office supply, golf courses. See order for complete list (p 8).

Public health order information sheet

Public Health Clarifications (industries)

Questions? Call the Aspen to Parachute COVID-19 Community Hotline at (970) 429-6186. 

Safer At Home in Garfield County

Garfield County Road Map to Reopening

Approach for the Stabilization Phase (p4)

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County). A print version can be found on page 6.

Questions? Call Garfield County Public Health 970-625-5200, ext 8120 or submit questions online.

Businesses that must remain closed

Restaurants and bars: Closed to dine-in, takeout and delivery only.

Short-term lodging: Closed except for local residents, essential business, medical care, & emergencies

Senior Centers: Closed

Any business that cannot meet social distancing and disease prevention expectations as outlined in the Social Distancing Protocol and Public Health Order

All, but essential businesses.

Restaurants and bars: Closed to dine-in, takeout and delivery only.

Nursing homes + congregate care facilities

State Guidance

Visits to senior centers are not permitted by the general public. Home-based care performed by trained health workers is permitted for children, adults, and the
elderly
No visits to nursing homes, hospitals, congregate facilities

Retail

State Guidance

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Local residents only 

Only retail businesses offering essential services are permitted to continue in-person operations. Essential services: grocery, healthcare,
essential infrastructure (utilities, internet), hardware, gas stations, services to maintain
safety and sanitation in buildings, essential
government services and utilities or utility service providers, bike repair, office supply, golf courses. See order for complete list (p 8).

All retail establishments may continue to operate by continuing online or over-the-phone sales. Goods ordered must be delivered by mail or by delivery to a customer’s home or vehicle and outside of the retail location.

Open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions (beyond curbside pickup and delivery) on May 4.

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Offices

State Guidance

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Local residents only 

Only essential business open. Cease all activities at facilities located within Pitkin County except for Minimum Basic
Operations.

– 50% open (limit of 10), with  strict social distancing precautions
– Large workplaces advised to have symptom and temperature checks
Telecommuting maximized

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Elective Medical Services/Dental

These businesses are subject to local requirements AND the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) licensing requirements.

State Guidance

Subject to industry-specific health care licensing and oversight agency requirements

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Health services and emergency dental services are permitted (urgent care).

As of April 27, medical, dental, and veterinary offices can reopen under strict social distancing precautions for elective procedures

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Restaurants/Bars

Closed to dine-in, takeout/delivery only

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Local residents only 

Closed to dine-in
Takeout/delivery only

Closed to dine-in
Takeout/delivery only

No change under Safer At Home

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Construction

State guidance

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Construction projects with a submitted and approved COVID-19 Site Safety Plan and adherence to social distancing and hygiene requirements as described in this public health order are permitted to go forward. Report construction concerns.

Each municipality in Pitkin County will manage its own construction safety plan applications. Building permit holders may find applications in the municipality that holds their permit:
City of Aspen
Town of Snowmass Village
Town of Basalt 

Landscaping companies with a completed COVID-19 Business Safety Plan and adherence to social distancing requirements as described in current public health order are permitted to operate. This requires the industry’s participation in developing a standard safety plan with components all companies would need to address in their individual safety plans.  

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Childcare

State Guidance

Essential service. Open with guidance (Social Distancing Protocols)

State guidance to be sent to all licensed child care providers.

Prohibited, unless they provide services that enable employees exempted in the Pitkin County order to work as permitted.

Open with guidance.

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Education (P-12, Higher Ed)

State Guidance

Closed per Gov. Polis.

No change under Safer At Home, continuing distance learning 

Closed per Gov. Polis 

Closed per Gov. Polis 

No change under Safer At Home, continuing distance learning.

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Personal Services

These businesses are subject to local requirements AND the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) licensing requirements.

State Guidance

Subject to industry-specific health care licensing and oversight agency requirements

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Local residents only 

Closed.

Personal services, including salons, dog grooming, personal training, tattoo parlors; and large workplaces may return at 50% of the in-person workforce (not exceeding 10 people), with symptoms and temperature checks as employees enter. ( strict social distancing precautions)

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Real Estate

State Guidance

Subject to Social Distancing Protocols, including measures to:

  • Identify symptoms early and protect employee health
  • Ensure appropriate distancing
  • Limit group size to less than 10 and prevent crowds from gathering
  • Increase sanitization
  • Prevent unnecessary contact

Local residents only 

Closed

As of April 27 in-person real estate showings resume, no open houses

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Short-term lodging, including AirBnB/VRBO (< 30 days)

Open only for local residents, essential business, medical care, & emergencies.

All other short-term lodging prohibited. Units must be vacated and operators must block out their online reservation calendars on all relevant platforms through May 31, 2020.

 

Hotels, motels, short term rentals (30 days or less), bed and breakfast, lodges and retreats closed except for essential workers and isolation and quarantine needs. There shall be no new bookings or reservations during the pendency of this Order.

Following State Orders

Second homeowners Second Home Owners are considered Local Residents in Eagle County.

Non-resident homeowners and their accompanying family, friends and guests returning to their residence after the date of this Order must self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days at their residence in Pitkin County.

Following State Orders

Visitors

Travel into or around Eagle County is limited to Local Residents only. Non-resident travel is limited to essential business.

Must return home.

Strictly limited.

Recreation

State Guidance

Limited to local residents. Must observe and adhere to the applicable social distancing requirements.

Low-risk recreation allowed with social distancing (golf/disc golf/non-contact sports).

Gym/Fitness centers open – social distancing requirements 

High-risk recreation not allowed (playgrounds/contact sports/activities with high-touch equipment) 

 

Golf courses can remain open for outdoor activities with the submission and approval of a Business Safety plan; however, Social Distancing Requirements must be strictly followed. Clubhouses, restaurants, snack bars and pro shops must not be open and tee times and golf fee transactions made only online. Only household  members may share a golf cart or be a caddy for a golfer. Golfers are strongly encouraged to not touch any equipment that is not their own (e.g. tees and flags). 

Reopen with restrictions.

Golf course guidance (p 10). Play restricted to Garfield County Residents Only. Questions? (970) 945-1377, x8120

FORM: Business Social Distancing Plan (Businesses to submit to Garfield County) 

Compliance

Enforcement of public health orders

To report a violation of the Public Health Order, call Dispatch at (970) 479-2201

Failure to comply with this order is subject to the penalties contained in Sections 25-1-516 and 18-1.3-501, Colorado revised statutes, including a fine of up to five thousand (5,000) dollars and imprisonment in the county jail for up to eighteen months.

Failure to comply with this order is subject to the penalties contained in Sections 25-1-516 and 18-1.3-501, Colorado revised statutes, including a fine of up to five thousand (5,000) dollars and imprisonment in the county jail for up to eighteen months.

Under Colorado law, counties and local public health agencies have the authority to administer and enforce a public health order. The state is recommending that local law enforcement and/or local public health agencies first reach out to the entity to seek voluntary compliance. However, local county attorneys or district attorneys can bring any civil or criminal action requested by the local public health director for a local violation of an order. A county attorney representing a local public health agency can seek a judge’s order in state court to force an individual or business to immediately comply with an order.

 

Best practices for ALL businesses 

Source: CDPHE Safer At Home website

 

Practices for… Key Steps
Worksites
  • Deputize workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues.
  • Maintain 6-foot distancing when possible, and discourage shared spaces.
  • Frequently sanitize all high-touch areas. (Additional Guidance)
  • Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene.
  • Ensure proper ventilation. (OSHA guidance)
  • Avoid gatherings (meetings, waiting rooms, etc) of more than 10 people.
  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible. (Additional Guidance)
  • Eliminate or regularly sanitize any items in common spaces (i.e., break rooms) that are shared between individuals (i.e., condiments, coffee makers, vending machines). (Additional Guidance)
  • Provide appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings and encourage appropriate use. (Additional Guidance)
Employees
  • Require employees showing any symptoms or signs of sickness, or who has been in contact with known positive cases to stay home.
  • Connect employees to company or state benefits providers.
  • Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to observe Stay-at-Home, 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 factors.
  • Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible.
  • Minimize all in-person meetings.
  • Provide hand washing facilities/stations and hand sanitizer.
  • Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Phase shifts and breaks to reduce employee density.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings and encourage appropriate use. (Additional Guidance)
  • (Guidance to keep employees & customers safe)
Customers
  • Create special hours for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • Encourage and facilitate 6-foot distancing inside of the business for all patrons.
  • Encourage use of protection like gloves, masks, and face coverings.
  • Provide hand sanitizer at entrance.
  • Install shields or barriers where possible between customers and employees.
  • Use contactless payment solutions, no touch trash cans, etc. whenever possible.
  • (Additional guidance to keep employees and customers safe)