Colorado Executive Order to Reduce Nonessential In-Person Workforce

On Sunday, March 22, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order directing non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50%. This order is effective March 24 -  April 10, 2020.

This order does not apply to critical workplaces or employers that can verify employees are no closer than 6 feet from one another during work hours.

The order also directs employers to:

  • Implement tele-work to the greatest extent possible
  • Stagger work schedules to reduce proximity of employees during work hours

Critical Workplaces (exempt from order)

  • Health care operations
  • Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
  • Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.
  • Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries (but only for medical or curbside delivery), hardware stores.
  • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
  • News Media.
  • Financial Institutions.
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
  • Construction.
  • Defense.
  • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
  • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
  • “Critical Government Functions.”

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