El Paso County Vaccine Distribution Update

El Paso County is currently focused on vaccinating priority populations in Phases 1A and 1B of Colorado's COVID-19 phased vaccine distribution plan.

Phase 1A includes high-risk health care workers and individuals. Phase 1B includes everyone age 70 and older and other specific categories. To learn more about the phases of vaccine distribution, visit the El Paso County Public Health vaccine web page.

Click here if you are a person age 70 and older and seeking information about vaccines.

Please visit the Vaccine Dashboard page for more information. 

Businesses and Employers

El Paso County is in Level Orange: High Risk.

NOTICE: Gov. Jared Polis has ordered that face coverings be worn over the nose and mouth by people in Colorado who are 11 years old or older in the following situations:
When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear face coverings include:
People who are 10 years old and younger.
People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.
Individuals who are officiating or participating in a life rite or religious service where the temporary removal of a face covering is necessary to complete or participate in the life rite or religious service.

Best Practices for All Business

Work Spaces

  • Ensure clear planning, preparedness and organization within the workplace:
    • Assign a COVID coordinator for communication, planning and obtaining supplies necessary to implement proper precautions
  • Increase frequency of cleaning and supplement high-frequency disinfection of high-touch surfaces
    • High-touch surfaces include door handles, countertops, electronics, bathroom fixtures, etc.
    • Eliminate or regularly clean items shared by individuals in common spaces including coffee-maker, condiments and vending machine
  • Ensure proper ventilation
  • Discourage shared work spaces, maintain six feet between work spaces
  • Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene and safety measures
    • Provide supplies and guidance for routine disinfection of work spaces
  • Minimize in-person meetings when possible and provide remote alternatives
  • Provide appropriate protective gear like gloves and face coverings and encourage proper use


  • Adhere to social distancing requirements:
    • Six feet between employee work spaces, discourage shared work spaces
    • Modify flow to minimize contact, designate doors for entry or exit only
    • Encourage digital documents to the greatest extent possible
  • Enable or maximize telecommuting and remote work
  • Require face coverings when in public indoor spaces and for any in-person interactions, including with coworkers, customers or vendors
    • Allow flexible work schedules where possible to lessen the need to be in work spaces, or allow employees to work when the space may be less crowded. Vulnerable individuals and those with child care needs should be given special consideration
  • Encourage frequent breaks to wash hands:
    • Provide hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer
    • Phase breaks and shifts to reduce employee density
  • Conduct symptom and temperature checks for employees
    • Require employees showing signs or symptoms, or those who have had contact with known positive cases, to remain home. Connect employees with appropriate benefit provider


  • Facilitate social distancing requirements with markings for lines
  • Provide dedicated in-stores hours for vulnerable individuals
  • Post signs noting that face coverings are required and encouraging other safety measures
  • Provide hand sanitizer at entrances and high-traffic areas
  • Install shields, barriers or screens where possible between customers and employees
  • Implement contactless solutions where possible including payments, no-touch trash cans and digital document receipts

This guidance is intended to provide a summary of applicable provisions of CDPHE Amended Public Health Order 20-36 and does not contain all of the requirements set forth therein. In addition, while every effort will be made to keep the information in this guidance current, Public Health Orders may be amended from time to time. Please review the most recent version of Public Health Order 20-36 Safer at Home Dial on CDPHE’s COVID-19 website. If there are any conflicts between the Public Health Order and this guidance, the Public Health Order controls.

Guidance by Business Type

NOTICE FOR ALL BUSINESSES: All Level Orange guidance for businesses is located on the Level Orange: Guidance By Sector page.

NOTICE FOR RESTAURANTS AND FOOD SERVICE: Any new outdoor seating spaces need to be approved by El Paso County Public Health by emailing the Restaurant Application - Winter Outdoor Dining and Expanded Seating form to [email protected]