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How Northern Colorado counties will handle the ‘safer-at-home’ coronavirus guidelines

Kevin Duggan
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published 3:41 PM EDT Apr 26, 2020

Transitioning from Colorado’s stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus to a “safer-at-home” model will vary from county to county.

In general, even with the loosening of restrictions, no more than 10 people may be at a gathering; people must stay at least 6 feet apart; masks must be worn in public places and at businesses; and at-risk populations, such as people 65 older, should still stay home except for essential errands.

Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials have laid out a schedule for reopening businesses.

On Monday, April 27, retail stores considered non-essential under the stay-at-home order may begin curbside pick-up services. Real estate showings may resume, but open houses are still not allowed.

On Friday, May 1, retail and other non-essential business services may open for in-person interaction if implementing mandatory practices for their type of business. Personal services, such as hair salons, may open but must follow mandatory safety practices. Elective medical and dental services may resume with safety restrictions.

On Monday, May 4, commercial offices may open but under restrictions, including no more than 50% of staff on the premises if in-person staff is needed. Telecommuting should be used to the maximum extent possible.

Bars, restaurants, theaters, and gyms remain closed until further notice.

Here’s how regional counties are addressing the shift to safer-at-home guidelines:

Larimer County

Larimer County is following the state’s lead on gradually and slowly allowing businesses to open. For rules pertaining to businesses, see COVID-19 resources on the county’s website,

Short-term accommodations in the Estes Valley may reopen April 27.

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Weld County

Weld County has announced “safer-at-work” guidelines, which allow all businesses to reopen Monday if they follow physical-distancing and increased cleaning practices.

“It is crucial that businesses reopen gradually and responsibly for the safety of their employees and their customers,” Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said in the  safer-at-work order posted on the county’s website. “No one should expect businesses to be operating at full capacity for a while, but it is important to let businesses at least start the reopening process.”

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a Friday news conference he believed Weld County’s guidelines were reasonable, but not thorough enough to protect the county’s residents. He reiterated that he wants to have an open and thoughtful dialogue with the county commissioners on their plan, but if Weld County does violate state public health orders they risk losing access to state emergency funding and businesses risk losing state licenses.

Windsor, which lies partially in Larimer County and partially in Weld County, decided Friday to recommend its businesses follow the statewide safer-at-home guidance, which aligns with Larimer County’s plans.

Boulder County

Boulder County extended its stay-at-home order to May 8.

However, beginning Monday, noncritical businesses may begin to offer curbside delivery services. Travel to and from those businesses will be considered essential.

Metro Denver

Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties have extended stay-at-home orders to May 8.

Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams counties will allow non-critical businesses to offer curbside service beginning Monday. That will not be allowed in Denver, according to the Denver Post.

Douglas County is following the state’s safer-at-home guidelines.

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Grand County

The county itself did not have a stay-at-home order separate from the statewide mandate. County officials said Friday they are working on a yet-to-be released reopening plan that includes a phased approach to reopening. 

Owners of second homes in the county are discouraged from visiting their properties unless travel is essential.

The county’s order prohibiting short-term lodging was extended Friday and now is effective through May 21. Short-term lodging businesses can only accept reservations for May 22 or later.

Jackson County

Following the governor’s orders. No additional restrictions are in place.

Laramie County (Cheyenne) and Albany County (Laramie), Wyoming

Wyoming does not have a stay-at-home order. Personal services, child care, schools, bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and other venues are closed through at least April 30.

Additionally, anyone coming into or returning to Wyoming from another state or country is required to self-quarantine for 14 days. A quarantine is not mandated for individuals traveling for business, volunteering to help with the COVID-19 response, receiving out-of-state health care, or parents fulfilling custody agreements. Those guidelines continue through at least April 30. 

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