Jeffco will adopt Safer-at-Home rules May 9

Many, but not all, non-criticial businesses will be able to reopen in some capacity this weekend


Jefferson County's stay-at-home order is set to expire at midnight on May 8 and officials from Jefferson County Public Health have indicated they will not be extending it.

Once the order expires at midnight, Jeffco and all other Colorado counties that have not instituted stricter orders will be governed by the state's Safer-at-Home order, which will allow many non-critical businesses to reopen with some restrictions.

Under the Safer-at-Home order, which went into effect on April 26 in counties and cities that did not choose to extend the state's stay-at-home-order, residents are “encouraged to stay-at-home and avoid unnecessary interactions whenever possible.”

They are also urged to wear non-medical face masks or coverings that cover the nose and mouth whenever they are in public, while anyone at high-risk of COVID-19 is urged to stay at their residence, except to seek medical care if it is needed.

Non-critical retail businesses, which had previously been limited to offering curbside service, will be able to offer walk-up service if they are able to comply with several requirements, including six-foot social distancing guidelines.

Office-based businesses will also be able to allow up to 50 percent of their employees to conduct in-person within an office, although they must offer “reasonable accommodations, including the ability to continue to telecommute, to vulnerable populations.”

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However, several businesses, including theaters and gyms, will remain closed, while restaurants and bars will be able to offer only takeout and delivery service.

Non-critical personal services businesses, such as hair and nail salons and tattoo and piercing parlors, will be able to operate provided they comply with a lengthy list of requirements, including operating at 50 percent capacity and requiring all customers and employees to wear masks.

Non-essential medical procedures may also resume at facilities that are able to comply with several requirements, including adequate access to a two-week supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Safer-at-Home order will be in effect through May 26 unless it is extended, rescinded or otherwise altered earlier.

Over the past week, JCPH — in collaboration with the state health department and state and county political and business leaders — has worked to develop public health guidance for businesses, including requirements for all businesses as well as specific guidance for a variety of industry sectors.

Here is the complete text of the order:


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