Stay at Home Orders – What Do They Mean

March 23, 2020 / Comments (0)

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From a Denverite report on Monday 3/23:

At a Monday afternoon press conference, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock ordered all residents of the state’s capitol and largest city to stay in their homes except for essential activities until at least April 10.  “This isn’t a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home,” Hancock said. “We will enforce when and where necessary.”  This order goes into effect at 5pm March 24 and will last until April 10th.

The Mayor is urging all community residents and businesses to escalate their observance of the previous stay at home guidelines amid the worsening COVID-19 epidemic and said that he expects other cities in the metro area to enact similar orders very shortly.

The order requires that all people in the City & County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible. The order also calls for Denver Metro regional municipalities to follow the broad consensus among public health professionals that every effort should be made, by all persons, to conduct only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being, such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and/or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running, continuing the strict observance of physical distancing practices.

“This stay at home order responds to the public health advice we have received as well as ongoing conversations with the Governor and metro mayors,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “People and businesses need to continue to take physical distancing seriously to make an impact on the spread of this virus. Frankly, voluntary ‘distancing’ is simply not enough.”

Link to this public health order for additional information, including a full list of exceptions which include the following:

  1. Shop for food or necessary service or supplies for  yourself or family/household (medical supplies) including pets.
  2. To go to a medical appointment or to seek medical help.
  3. Outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Physical Distancing Requirements (6 foot social distancing), such as walking, hiking, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, Denver parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and other similar areas conducive to public gathering shall be closed.
  4. To perform work providing essential products and services at the site of an Essential Business
  5. To care for a family member or pet in another household.

A Business Task Force comprised of the city’s key economic and financial professionals is gathering rapidly evolving data on the impacts of the epidemic on businesses and employers, along with fast-tracking the development of cash assistance and other tools;

  • Exceeding the Governor’s request that Colorado businesses maintain no more than 50% of their workforce onsite to ensure essential operations, the City & County of Denver reports that nearly 80% of its employees are working remotely; and
  • Denver is actively procuring supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and is assessing current inventory.
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