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Reopening Guidelines

Safer At Home 

Gov. Jared Polis on April 26, 2020, issued a Safer-At-Home Order to phase out stay-at-home guidelines and gradually open the economy while continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Weld County recognizes the directives laid out in the order as it pertains to general public health and safety, physical distancing, and vulnerable populations, and also has detailed guidelines for businesses to reopen.

The general measures of Safer At Home include:

  • Staying home as much as possible, except for necessary activities, jobs, and government functions
  • Wearing face coverings in public settings and when outdoor areas are busy
  • No gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance
  • Not going to work if sick
  • Avoiding travel into and out of the community except for necessary activities

CDPHE: Implementing the Safer-At-Home Order

Governor’s Office: What Does Safer At Home Mean?

Governor's Office: Safer At Home FAQs

Our goal is to support the community in reopening as we enter this first phase of relaxing restrictions. Community members will have confidence they are safe when they see everyone following best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Limit group gathering sizes indoors to 10 or fewer even when ensuring physical distancing. Remember seniors and those with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions are at greater risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Consider posting warning signs or adapting operations for these folks.

The more we combine best practices, the safer everyone will feel. Let's continue to control the spread of COVID-19 together.

Vulnerable Populations

During the Safer-At-Home phase, vulnerable populations and aging adults should:

  • Stay home except when absolutely necessary
  • Use special industry hours for vulnerable populations (grocery shopping)
  • Practice extreme precautions at facilities that serve aging adults, including assisted living

Vulnerable individuals include those who are:

  • Over age 65
  • Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Have serious heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised, including:
    o Individuals undergoing cancer treatment
    o Smokers
    o Bone marrow or organ transplant recipients
    o Individuals with immune deficiencies
    o Individuals with poorly controlled HIV or AIDS
    o Individuals who have a prolonged used of corticosteroids and/or other immune-weakening medications
    o Individuals of any age with severe obesity
    o Individuals of any age with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease
  • Pregnant
  • Determined to be at high risk by a licensed health care provider
Schools and Education

Normal in-person instruction at all P-12 schools in Colorado is suspended until the scheduled end of the 2019-2020 regular school year. P-12 schools and school districts may use school buildings for providing services to students, educators, and families, including but not limited to: in-person small group instruction; staff professional development; food service; access to internet, devices, or instructional materials; special education services; or mental health supports. P-12 schools and school districts intending to provide these services must work in coordination with their local public health agency and must observe social distancing requirements pursuant to applicable public health orders.

CDPHE: Education P-12 Guidance

Weld County: Graduation Ceremony Guidance

Higher education institutions are to maximize remote learning with very limited exceptions. Exceptions to remote learning only for specific learning opportunities that are not conducive to remote instruction, including certain clinical, occupational, and career and technical programs, to be determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). Institutions wishing to conduct in-person learning in the above categories must obtain approval from CDHE.

CDPHE: Higher Education Guidance

Guidance for summer camps is forthcoming.


Childcare facilities are open with restrictions. Safer At Home allows additional facilities to open or expand as increased workforce returns.

CDPHE: Childcare Facilities Guidance

Nursing Homes and Congregate Care Facilities