Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors
Colorado is currently under the state’s Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order (PHO 20-28). Jefferson County is aligned with this order, with some changes that were approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) through a local variance. Residents are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Visit CDPHE’s Safer-at-Home page for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
- Continue to stay home as much as possible.
- Vulnerable people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults, should continue to follow Stay-at-Home guidance, which means only leaving home for medical care and essential activities.
- When you go out, follow physical distancing requirements (6 feet of space between yourself and others).
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- People who have COVID-19 symptoms should get tested, and must isolate unless they have a negative test result. Please read how to isolate.
- Only travel in- or out-of-state for essential purposes.
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Guidance for Businesses & Organizations
Jefferson County Variance
Effective June 7, CDPHE approved Jefferson County’s request for a variance to the statewide Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order with some modifications. Here is a summary of what is different in Jefferson County. The county also created an annotated version of the state’s public health order to show where the local variance approvals interact with the state’s order. See the annotated version for the details and supporting guidance. Jefferson County is aligned with the state order on all other topics not addressed in the variance. The variance approvals can be rescinded by CDPHE if local COVID-19 conditions worsen.
*UPDATE: Because of the county's large case increases over the past few weeks, Jeffco's variance is in jeopardy. Here is a summary of major impacts should the variance be rescinded by CDPHE.
- Places of Worship
- Event Centers
- Gyms and Indoor Pools
- Indoor Retail Malls
- Outdoor Recreation
- museums & educational experiences
- Golf Course Restaurants
- Brewpubs, distilleries and similar
- Businesses not in state order
Generally, for gatherings:
- Indoor settings can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space.
- In outdoor settings, the variance allows for 125 people.
Jefferson County’s first variance allows places of worship to open to 50% capacity, not to exceed 50 people per room indoors and 125 people outdoors. For full guidance, please see Attachment G.
Because the state’s Seventh Amended Public Health Order is less restrictive than Jefferson County’s variance for Houses of Worship, the county rescinds its first variance request for Houses of Worship and follows the state’s order instead.
Currently, CDPHE PHO 20-28 (pages 5-7, Section I.H.4) governs indoor and outdoor events in Jefferson County. Current state requirements are:
- Outdoor venues may allow up to 175 people within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator, excluding staff, per designated activity with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals or non-household contacts.
- Indoor venues may allow up to 100 people within their usable space calculated using the Social Distancing Space Calculator, excluding staff, per room with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals or non-household contacts.
NOTICE: According to Public Health Order 20-007, large events (more than 100 people indoors and 175 people outdoors) must submit a written plan to JCPH and receive approval in writing prior to such events taking place. CDPHE PHO 20-28 only allows indoor events to exceed 100 people or outdoor events to exceed 175 people if the venue has separate designated activities/areas, which are subject to numerous requirements. The plan required under Public Health Order 20-007 must demonstrate how the venue/event sponsor will comply with each of those requirements. The Order is effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 20, 2020 through midnight on August 19, 2020 unless amended or extended.
Other Industry-specific Guidance
For public health requirements and guidance for industries not addressed in the local variance, please visit CDPHE’s Safer-at-Home page.
Communications Toolkit for Businesses
Please use and/or adapt these tools to help communicate public health guidance to our community. The toolkit includes signage for your entrance, posters for employees, social media graphics and more.