Governor Jared Polis has ordered a 50% reduction of Colorado's in-person workforce.

In an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the amount of human-to-human contact, the governor on Sunday made the announcement, which applies to non-critical workplaces. The governor wants these businesses to temporarily reduce their in-person workforce through April 10.

It may sound extreme and far-reaching, in reality, there are a lot of businesses and operations that will be unaffected by the order. Here is a list of businesses the state considers critical and exempt from the order.

  •  Healthcare Operations
  • Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply, and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
  • Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores
  • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters, and rescues.
  • News Media
  • Financial Institutions
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention, and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
  • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
  • Critical Government Functions

The governor encouraged working from home as much as possible.

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