Updated: May 5, 2020


  • Issued on April 26, 2020, Effective as of April 27, 2020 and shall expire 30 days thereafter.
  • Refer to terms defined in the original Executive Order 2020 017 and PHO 20-28 below for guidance and definitions.
  • All Critical Businesses, Critical Government Functions, Non-Critical Retail, and Non-Critical Commercial Businesses are required to make work accommodations for Vulnerable Individuals, who remain subject to Stay at Home requirements.
  • All Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions are permitted to continue to operate with mandatory Social Distancing Requirements and cleaning protocols.
  • Non-Critical Retail businesses are permitted to operate and offer goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery.
  • Beginning on May 1, 2020:
    • Non-Critical Retail businesses are permitted to allow customers onto their premises in a manner allowing for strict compliance with mandatory Social Distancing Requirements similar to the requirements for Critical Retail.
      • Pursuant to PHO 20-28, these businesses may only open at 50% capacity for in person services.
  • Beginning on May 4, 2020:
    • Non-Critical Commercial / Office-based Businesses are permitted to allow up to fifty percent (50%) of their employees to conduct in-person work that takes place outside a private residence in accordance with Mandatory Social Distancing Requirements and protocols (as outlined by PHO 20-28).
  • Critical Businesses, Critical Government Functions, Non-Critical Commercial Businesses, and Non-Critical Retail with over fifty (50) employees in any one location must follow protocols established by Public Health Orders, including but not limited to symptom screening and temperature check stations, closure of common areas, cleaning protocols, and Mandatory Social Distancing Requirements and protocols


  • In accordance with the Governor’s directive in Executive Order D 2020 044 Safer at Home, this Public Health Order became effective on April 27, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 26, 2020.
  • The following places of public accommodation remain closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:
    • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption;
    • Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;
    • Cigar bars;
    • Gyms;
    • Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls;
    • Casinos; and
    • Horse tracks and simulcast facilities, also known as off-track betting facilities.
  • All Field Services, including real estate, may resume operations.
  • Enforcement: Local authorities are encouraged to determine the best course of action to encourage maximum compliance. Failure to comply with this order could result in penalties, including jail time, and fines, and may also be subject to discipline on a professional license based upon the applicable practice act.
  • Beginning May 1, 2020, Personal services may resume if they can demonstrate compliance with requirements set forth in the Order. Personal services include: pastoral services, personal training, dog grooming, services provided by personal beauty professionals such as hairstylists, barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians, as well as massage therapists, whose work requires these professionals to be less than six feet from the person for whom the services are being provided. However, these individual services may only be performed with 10 or fewer people in a single location at a maximum of 50% occupancy for the location, whichever is less, including both employees and customers, e.g. 5 hairstylists providing services to 5 customers, with Social Distancing Requirementsof at least 6 feet distancing between different customers receiving services. Both employees and customers must wear at least a cloth face covering or a medical grade mask at all times. Only services that can be performed without the customer removing their mask are permitted.

Updated: April 10, 2020




Executive Summary

The Colorado Executive Order requires all citizens living within the State to stay at home except as allowed in the Order, and requires all businesses and operations in the State, except “Critical Businesses,” to cease all activities except Minimum Basic Operations.  Colorado Public Health Order 20-24, as amended, lists “Critical Business” that are exempt from closure provided they company with Social Distancing Requirements.  Critical Businesses and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements.

Summary of Order

  • Issued on March 25, 2020, Effective as of March 26, 2020 at 6:00am
  • Terminates April 11, 2020, unless rescinded or modified
  • All businesses and operations in the State, except Critical Businesses are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations.
  • All Critical Businesses are encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Critical Businesses shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in the Order, including by maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times.
  • Critical Businesses means the following:
    • Healthcare operations
    • Critical infrastructure
    • Critical manufacturing
    • Critical retail
      • Grocery stores
      • Gas stations and convenience stores
      • Marijuana dispensaries
      • Liquor stores
      • Firearms stores
      • Hardware stores
    • Critical services
      • Trash
      • Mail
      • Laundromats
      • Building cleaning and maintenance
      • Child care
      • Automobile rental, supply, and repair shops
      • Warehousing/distribution
      • Funeral homes
      • Storage for Critical Businesses
    • Media
    • Financial institutions
    • Providers of basic necessities
    • Construction
    • Defense
    • Critical services to maintain safety, sanitation and critical operations of residences or other Critical Businesses
      • Law enforcement
      • Fire prevention
      • Security
      • Disinfection
    • Vendors that provide critical services or products
      • Logistics
      • Technology support
    • Educational institutions (to the extent necessary for distance learning)
  • Minimum Basic Operations means:
    • Maintaining the value of inventory
    • Processing payroll and employee benefits
    • Facilitating other employees’ ability to work remotely

Social Distancing Requirements

  • Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including:
    • Designate six-foot distances.
    • Wash hands as frequently as possible
    • Regularly wipe down high-touch surfaces
    • Do not shake hands


Local authorities are encouraged to determine the best course of action to encourage maximum compliance with the Order. Failure to comply with the Order could result in penalties including a fine of up to $1000 and imprisonment for up to one year.