Protect Our Neighbors Business Reopening Process
Governor Jared Polis has issued an update on how the state is responding to COVID-19 and introduced the Level 3: Protect Our Neighbors phase. Protect Our Neighbors means that communities that meet certain criteria have less stringent restrictions than under
Stay-At-Home and Safer-At-Home. Communities may permit activities at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least 6 feet between non-household members, and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time. Communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems – paired with low virus levels – should take on more control over their own reopening plans. Strong local public health and health care systems are the key to reopening the economy. Different communities will be at different phases, based on local conditions and capabilities.
The CO Department of Public Health & Environment and the CO State of Emergency Operations Center has created industry-specific checklists that businesses must follow prior to reopening.
Symptom Screening: Watch how to conduct a facility health screening.
Please submit your additional questions or concerns here.
*Please note that local governments can choose to enact stricter guidance than the state — like extending the Stay-at-Home order within the local government’s jurisdiction.
- May 29: Estes Valley accommodations orders expire May 31
- May 23: Larimer County Receives State Approval to Re-open Some Businesses Ahead of State Orders
- Larimer County Submits Variance Seeking to Safely Reopen Businesses Ahead of State Orders
- View Variance Request Here
- Larimer County Zoom Call with Businesses to Discuss Variance Request (May 20)
- Safer at Home Phase of COVID-19 Pandemic in Larimer County (includes what it means for businesses, checklists for reopening, business types, etc,)
- Outdoor Dining Permit Checklist
- Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit
- Business Best Practices
- Customer Best Practices
- Temporary Modification of Premise
Face Coverings & Business
- July 16: Statewide Mandatory Mask Order – Executive Order D 2020 138
- May 30: Larimer County Amended Face Coverings Order
- May 29: Fort Collins extends and updates face covering rule; codifies outdoor dining in public right-of-way
- May 1: Fort Collins to require face coverings in most buildings open to the public
- May 19: Larimer County Public Health Amends Face Covering Order
- Amended Face Covering Order
- Frequently Asked Questions about Face Coverings and Masks
- Additional Social Distancing Requirements Checklist (for businesses looking to remove the face covering requirements for customers)
- Town of Estes Park Face Coverings Ordinance