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COVID-19 UPDATE: Masks Now Required for Essential Employees April 19,2020

Update, 5/17/20: Governor Polis extended this order through June 15.

Governor Polis signed an executive order requiring employees of essential businesses to wear non-medical cloth face coverings while at work. The order also directs employees to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods, to the extent possible. You can read the full order 
here. The state Public Health Order went into effect this morning at 6 a.m. and is effective through June 15. You can read the Public Health Order here and in Spanish here

Masks can be medical or non-medical, but must cover the employee's nose and mouth. Workers who prepare or handle food that will be made available to the public for purchase, such as restaurant or grocery store workers, must wear a face covering while performing tasks involving food preparation and handling.

Additionally, all employees of critical businesses who come into contact with customers or goods should wear gloves, if gloves are provided by their employer. In the case of the restaurant industry, employees should wear gloves as normally required by health code.


We recommend you provide masks for your employees. Required uniform items that wouldn’t regularly exist in an employee’s wardrobe (e.g. a shirt with your restaurant logo) need to be provided to employees free of charge. However, you are allowed to suggest a cloth face-covering and suggest ways employees can make them at home.

We have resources for buying masks in the health + wellness tab of our business directory, which is located here. Los Dos Potrillos also passed along a video showing how to make masks out of items you might already have in your restaurant. See the video here.  


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