Executive Order D 2020 017 March 25, 2020 Page 1 of 3 D 2020 017 EXECUTIVE ORDER
Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State Pursuant to the authority vested in the Governor of the State of Colorado and, in particular, pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the Colorado Constitution and the relevant portions of the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act, C.R.S. § 24-33.5-701, et seq. (Act), I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, hereby issue this Executive Order ordering Coloradans to stay at home whenever possible due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the State.
I.Background and PurposeOn March 5, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s(CDPHE) public health laboratory confirmed the first presumptive positive COVID-19 test result in Colorado. Since then, the number of confirmed cases has continued to climb, and we have evidence of community spread throughout the State. I verbally declared a disaster emergency on March 10, 2020, and issued the corresponding Executive Order D 2020 003 on March 11, 2020 and requested that the President of the United States declare a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado, pursuant to the Stafford Act, on March 25, 2020. My administration, along with other state, local, and federal authorities, has taken a wide array of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, prevent further spread, and protect against overwhelming our health care resources. The actions we have undertaken to date are not yet doing enough to reduce the spread of the virus, and we must take additional action to minimize the duration of this epidemic and of the disruption to our daily lives. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily by close contact between people and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Public health experts recommend we practice “social distancing,” or maintaining a physical distance of six (6) feet or more from other people, as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. This Executive Order requires Coloradans to stay at home, and subject to certain limited exceptions, orders the Executive Director of the CDPHE to issue a public health order defining
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critical emergency personnel, infrastructure, government functions, and other activities that are exempt from the directives in this Executive Order. II.Directives
A.This Executive Order will become effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 6:00a.m.
B.I direct all Coloradans to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions such asobtaining food and other household necessities, going to and from work at criticalbusinesses, seeking medical care, caring for dependents or pets, or caring for avulnerable person in another location.
C.I direct all businesses other than those qualified as “Critical Businesses” underPublic Health Order 20-24 or any Public Health Order issued pursuant to thisExecutive Order, to close temporarily, except as necessary to engage in minimumbasic operations needed to protect assets and maintain personnel functions, as ofthe effective date of this Executive Order.
D.I direct the Executive Director of the CDPHE to issue a public health orderconsistent with the directives in this Executive Order.
1.Certain individuals must continue to work outside their residences to providegoods and services critical to our response to the COVID-19 epidemicemergency. The public health order must therefore identify:
a.critical emergency personnel and infrastructure necessary to ensurecontinuity of critical healthcare, government functions, public safety,manufacturing, and supply chain operations; b.certain critical businesses exempt from this Executive Order, providedthey comply with social distancing requirements;
c.steps all critical businesses must take to comply with social distancingrequirements; and