Colorado Governor Jared Polis explains guidelines for Colorado’s reopening after the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order expires Sunday, April 26, during a news conference Monday, April 20, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado to ‘roll-off’ stay-at-home orders April 27 with strict social-distancing

In a press conference, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the state would start the process of reopening Colorado’s economy moving to a “safer-at-home” footing. 

Safer-at-home phase: Gov. Polis said that Colorado has moved from the sprint phase to the marathon phase and that Colorado “will have to live with Coronavirus for a while.” Safer-at-home policies have the goal of the public maintaining 65% social distancing but to allow more people return to work. 

Credit to Coloradans: In April, the state believes it achieved nearly an 80% rate of social distancing. 

Why it matters: Colorado’s “All Interventions” strategy is a mixture of social distancing, mask-wearing, and stay-at-home encouragement for at-risk populations along with increased testing, surveillance, contact tracing, and local health monitoring to keep the virus from overwhelming healthcare capacity. 

2,000 ICU hospitalizations is the redline number Colorado wants to be below.

What opens and how:

  • Vulnerable populations: Stay-at-home urged except when absolutely necessary.
  • Large workplaces
    • From May 4: 50% open with strict precautions
    • Have symptom and temperature checks
    • Continue telecommuting
  • Personal services (salons, tattoos, personal training and others): Open, with strict precautions.
  • Retail businesses
    • Can open May 1 with social distancing measures in place. 
    • Open for curbside delivery and being phased-in public opening with precautions.
  • Real Estate: Can have showings, no open houses.
  • Medical services: Starting April 27 with strict precautions and adequate PPE to meet needs for critical care patients
  • Restaurants: Can continue to offer curbside and delivery, but inside dining won’t reopen until Mid-may.
  • Schools and universities: remain closed
  • Gatherings over 10 people prohibited

Local health to target: Polis said that he doesn’t want a statement approach to closing down Colorado in the summer months. He said he’s looking to local governments to target and close hotspots to contain the virus.

Big picture: Colorado is moving to an all interventions model to manage the spread of COVID-19. The state still expects to see positive cases and fatalities thought the year. Still, with social distancing, epidemiological surveillance, and mask-wearing, they hope to keep ICU bed use under 2000 at any one time.