May 5, 2020
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the city’s plan for re-opening on Saturday, May 9 following the expiration of Denver’s Stay at Home Order. The Mayor also announced the formation of the Denver Economic Relief and Recovery Council to support the city’s recovery efforts with recommendations over the next several weeks and months, as well as sharing information about testing and contact tracing.
“We’re taking a thoughtful and intentional approach to a phased re-opening of Denver businesses in a manner that limits COVID-19 risks for everyone,” said Mayor Hancock. “This does not mean the threat of COVID-19 has passed. These are just the first steps toward recovery along what will be a long journey. Preserving public health and safety remains our No. 1 priority. With these appropriate guardrails in place, we increase the likelihood of a safe transition – if everyone continues to do their part.”
With the expiration of the city’s Stay at Home Order on Friday, May 8, people are encouraged to continue taking precautions to protect their health and the health of others. Beginning Wednesday, May 6, face coverings are mandatory when inside of, or waiting in line to enter, any retail or commercial business or any location or facility offering government or healthcare services, as well as while waiting for or riding public transportation. Additionally, public and private gatherings of more than 10 people will continue to be prohibited through May 26.
Beginning Saturday, May 9, the following types of businesses will gradually begin to re-open in Denver with strict social distancing guidelines and precautions to limit the number of employees and customers on site at a given time:
While many businesses can re-open beginning Saturday May 9, these businesses and facilities will remain closed until further notice:
To limit the spread of COVID-19 in business settings, Denver has established several requirements for the protection of customers and employees.
All businesses must do the following to keep customers safe:
All businesses must do the following to keep employees safe:
Large businesses with more than 50 employees in a single location must:
For additional safety, Denver recommends employers and businesses also follow these suggestions:
For more information on navigating the expiration of the Stay-At-Home order, visit the Safer-at-Home website for details on Public Health Orders and FAQs. Or, dial 311 in Denver (or 720-913-1311 outside of Denver). You can also email the City Attorney’s Office Response Team by emailing CAOResponseTeam@denvergov.org or by calling 311.
Denver Economic Relief and Recovery Council
In response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Hancock is establishing a Denver Economic Relief and Recovery Council (ERRC). The ERRC will assist in the relief and recovery of Denver's economy by coordinating public and private efforts to assist businesses, nonprofits, employers and workers affected by public health actions taken to prevent community spread of the virus.
The ERRC will serve as an advisory group and will provide strategic recommendations to the Mayor and the city’s executive leadership on how to mitigate and prevent further negative economic impacts of COVID-19, as well as accelerate recovery and future growth for Denver’s economy, businesses and workers. This work will include:
Comprised of city leadership, members of City Council and industry subject matter experts, each subcommittee will develop data-informed policy recommendations and strategies that align with CDC guidelines, to respond to and stabilize businesses in their respective industries and return consumer demand to pre-pandemic levels.
Across the City, there are multiple hospitals, state and local labs, and private labs capable of conducting the testing of swabs for COVID-19. Residents can find the location nearest to them by visiting Denvergov.org/COVID19 or calling 311.
For those who are unable to access tests on their own due to transportation, mobility, or financial limitations, the city will begin offering mobile testing to homebound individuals through the Wellness Winnie.
Starting Tuesday, May 5, a team in the Wellness Winnie will visit the homes of individuals who sign up for COVID-19 testing through the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. The Wellness Winnie is for people who have been given an order from their doctor to be tested but are truly unable. The team will always include an MD and a medical assistant, as well as support staff for paperwork and driving.
To find out if you qualify for this service, contact 311. They will ask you some questions to ensure you meet the requirements, and then you’ll be scheduled for a visit.
The Winnie is planned to operate for five to six days per week, during normal business hours.
Contact Tracing and Case Management
Contact tracing, coupled with rigorous testing, can counteract a potential second wave and prevent cases from spiking again. Contact tracing is part of the overall function of case management in public health. There are three main components to case management:
It is very important that residents help the health workers by answering the phone. Health workers will not ask any private questions about finances or social security numbers.
For up to date information on the city’s recovery and relief plan and actions, visit Denvergov.org/covid19.