COVID-19: Life Sciences and the Governor’s In-Person Workforce Reduction Order
By: Colorado BioScience Association Date: 03/23/2020
On Sunday, Governor Polis issued an Executive Order that requires all non-critical businesses in the state to reduce their in-person workforce by 50% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It requires all non-critical businesses to implement tele-work or other work from home capabilities to the greatest extent possible. If telework is not possible, the order encourages employers to stagger work schedules.
This order takes effect tomorrow, March 24 at 8:00 AM.
The Executive Order directs the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to issue a Public Health Order that identifies critical businesses that are exempt from this mandate. CDPHE issued the Public Health Order this morning.
The Executive Order also directs CDPHE to develop and issue a certification method for employers that can certify that employees are no closer than 6 feet from one another during any part of their work hours, with appropriate penalties for supplying false information.
CBSA is working with state and local governments to ensure our ecosystem can continue operating in the event of a shelter in place order or any other containment strategies that could impact our members. It’s critical that life-saving medicines, technologies, and supplies remain accessible for those who need them during this time.
You can find the and the online. The Governor’s office has also published a Frequently Asked Questions document that is available online.
Additionally, the City of Denver’s stay-at-home order also identifies critical businesses that are exempt.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.