On March 22nd, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 013, which ordered employers in non-critical businesses to reduce their workforce by 50% in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be effective as of March 24, 2020. Businesses deemed non-critical are summarized as:
“Emergency personnel and infrastructure necessary to ensure continuity of critical healthcare, government functions, public safety, manufacturing, and supply chain operations and authorized businesses exempt from this executive order.”
However, the order itself does not apply to any employer than can effectively certify that their employees are properly social distancing by staying 6 feet apart, washing hands regularly, and telecommuting when possible. The big question on everyone’s mind is: How do I self-certify my business?
According to the information provided with the Executive Order and Public Health Order 20-24, your business must complete the Social Distancing Self-Certification for Business form located online and maintain it with your business records. Another important step you can take for your business is to complete an Employee Health Screening form to help make you, as the business owner, aware of your employees’ health. At this time there are no official filing requirements, but keep these documents with your business records.
Any business operating under the Social Distancing Self-Certification for Business provision certifies they are complying with the recommendations listed, with potential civil or criminal penalties for non-compliance, so for the good of public health and your business, make sure you are doing your part!
*Please note – as information changes at the local and state level, this information could quickly change. Be sure to check https://covid19.colorado.gov/ and http://www.cityofloveland.org/government/public-information/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 for the most up-to-date information from the State of Colorado and city of Loveland, respectively.