Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 14, officials in Colorado, US, have maintained restrictions in place due to COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 10:26 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Statewide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of July 14, officials in Colorado have maintained business restrictions in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have kept the state on phase 2 of its economic recovery plan, while announcing guidelines that would allow localities to move to phase 3 and further ease restrictions if they meet certain metrics, including a decrease in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and increased hospital capacity. As of July 14, no locality has been certified to move into phase 3.

Under phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, all residents, especially those 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions, are still urged to limit their interactions with people from other households and to wear face masks and maintain a proper distance from others whenever in public. Residential summer camps are allowed to operate, with up to 10 kids indoors and 25 outdoors. Indoor events, including conferences and museums, are allowed, with up to 100 participants, and outdoor events with up to 175 people. Additional personal care services, such as including facial treatments, will be allowed. Manufacturing companies can also reopen in-person services. Bars had been allowed to operate, but authorities ordered their closure on June 30.

Authorities had previously allowed the reopening of lodging businesses, dine-in services at restaurants, elective medical, dental and veterinary surgeries, personal care services such as barbershops and hair salons, and in-person services at retail stores. Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor recreation and sports facilities may operate at 25-percent capacity. Office-based businesses can also operate with up to 50 percent of their employees within their facilities simultaneously. Essential businesses and services, including pharmacies, grocery stores, fuel stations, healthcare facilities, media organizations, and those involved in maintaining essential services and utilities, such as critical manufacturing, security, and transport, have not been subject to mandatory closures.

All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing guidelines, and the use of protective equipment when necessary. All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home whenever possible.

Local authorities in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Denver, Eagle, Gunnison, Lake, Larimer, Ouray, Pitkin, Routt, San Juan, San Miguel, and Summit counties, and in the cities of Carbondale, Durango, Fraser, Glenwood Spring, Golden, Town of Center, and Winter Park, have ordered residents to wear face masks when in public.

Officials could reimpose, extend, further relax, or otherwise amend restrictions at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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