Safer at Home

Grand County has been awarded a variance by the state of Colorado. Therefore we are operating under a local public health order in addition to CDPHE’s Public Health Order 20-28 and other orders of CDPHE or the Governor of Colorado.

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What Does Safer-At-Home Mean?

Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and limited non-critical businesses are operating with strict precautions in place.  

  • Coloradans should continue staying home as much as possible.
  • When you go out, you should follow physical distancing requirements (6 feet of space between yourself and others) and wear a face covering.
  • Older adults over 65 years of age and vulnerable people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should follow Stay-at-Home recommendations, which means taking extra precautions to maintain physical distance and only leaving home for medical care and essential activities. 
  • Vulnerable individuals cannot be compelled to perform in-person work for any business or government function, including a Critical Business or Critical Government Function.
  • People who are sick, or have a household member who is sick with COVID-19 like symptoms, should still stay home from work and limit social interactions as much as possible.

Businesses or Services That Can Open

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If a business or industry is not specifically called out as 1. Critical Business (defined under stay-at-home order) OR 2. In the Safer at Home PHO or corresponding guidance; it is not to be open and should be the same as it was under Stay at Home.  

Yes (with robust precautions including 6-foot distancing, frequent cleaning and sanitation, and face coverings or masks and gloves)

  1. Yes (w/robust precautions)
  2. NO

Granted Approval from Variance

Office Spaces

  • Accountants, accounting firms 
  • Architecture, engineering, land surveying businesses/firms
  • Landscape architect, land surveyor businesses/firms
  • Private investigator businesses
  • Fantasy contest operator businesses
  • Non-transplant tissue banks
  • Real estate offices, appraisal management companies
  • Other corporate offices and private firms

Child care

  • Licensed and license-exempt child care centers
  • Licensed and license-exempt in-home child care

P-12 Education

  • Private schools
  • Public schools, including public charter schools
  • Public preschools on public school campuses
  • Summer school
  • Before and after school programs

Remote learning for the rest of the school year, with very limited exceptions. Buildings can be used for providing services to students, educators, and families. In coordination with their local public health agency and must observe 6-foot distancing. Services may include:

  • in-person small group instruction
  • professional development
  • food service
  • access to internet/ instructional materials
  • special education services
  • mental health supports

Higher Education

For programs not conducive to remote instruction (incl. clinical, occupational, and career/ technical programs)

  • 2- and 4-year institutions, public and private 
  • Private religious institutions authorized by the CDHE
  • Private occupational schools 
  • Career and technical education programs

Field Services and Real Estate

  • Appraisers, home inspectors, land surveyors
  • Architects, engineers
  • Lawncare, landscaping, landscape architects
  • Private investigators
  • Transportation network companies (limos, taxis, Uber/Lyft)
  • Real estate, incl. marketing services
  • House cleaning, incl. carpet cleaning and window cleaning
  • Handyman services, general contractors, tile setters, carpenters, construction, electricians, plumbers

Medical, dental, and veterinary services

Limited health care settings

  • Acupuncture*
  • Massage therapy*
  • Athletic training*
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Audiology services, services by hearing aid providers
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Chiropractic
  • Naturopathic care

* not related to personal services

Nursing Homes and Congregate Care Facilities (with strict limits on visitors)

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing, nursing, assisted living facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities 
  • Group homes
  • Independent living facilities

Personal Services

  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, estheticians, cosmetologist services
  • Body art professionals
  • Personal training (4 or fewer people)
  • Pastoral services
  • Pet-groomers/ facilities, pet-handlers, pet-transporters, pet-training services 
  • Tailors, dry cleaners
  • Sun-tanning services
  • Massage therapists (non-health care settings)


  • Tennis courts, golf courses 
    • Must: 6-foot distancing, group limits, sanitize and do not share equipment (e.g., golf carts).
  • Local trails, bike paths and trailheads
  • Local and municipal parks and greenspaces


  • Appliance stores
  • Customer-facing financial institutions
  • Thrift shops
  • Apothecaries
  • Liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, vape and cigar shops (for retail only, not on-site consumption)
  • Craft stores
  • Sporting goods retailers
  • Boutiques
  • Motor vehicle dealerships
  • Large retail, department, discount, or outlets stores, provided that the entrance/exit opens to the outdoors and not an indoor common hallway