El Paso County Public Health Closed for Thanksgiving

El Paso County Public Health will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 30, in observance of Thanksgiving. While our offices will be closed, Public Health's critical COVID-19 response efforts will continue throughout the holiday.

Contact Tracing Update

El Paso County Public Health is currently experiencing a high volume of cases and may not be able to complete contact tracing for all positive COVID-19 cases.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted for a phone interview or receive a text message to complete an online survey. Individuals who are infectious with COVID-19 are required to isolate. El Paso County Public Health recommends that they reach out to their close contacts.

                                                                                                 You can find more information about next steps here.

Level Orange: Guidance By Sector

EFFECTIVE 12 a.m. November 20, 2020 The Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment First Amended Public Health Order 20-36

Due to a change in one or more of the following metrics, El Paso County moved to Level Orange: Safer at Home High Risk on the COVID-19 Dial at 5 p.m. on November 13, 2020, and will be required to move to Level Red: Safer at Home Severe Risk at 5 p.m. on November 27, 2020:

  • Number of new cases per 100,000 people
  • Percent positivity
  • Impact of hospitalizations

For more information about the COVID-19 Dial, please visit:

Please continue to practice public health prevention measures including wearing a mask, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, practicing social distancing and staying at home if sick.

If a gathering does not fall under specific sector guidelines, capacity is limited to 10 people from 2 households. For information, questions, or concerns regarding the Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment First Amended Public Health Order 20-36, please call: 719-578-3167.

Level Orange: Guidance By Sector

Children’s Day Camps, Residential Camps,Youth Sports Day Camps and Exempt Single Skill-Building Youth Camps

Applies to:

  • Day Camps, both mobile and outdoor camps
  • Sports day camps
  • Single skill-building camps
  • Note: DOES NOT APPLY TO RESIDENTIAL OVERNIGHT CAMPS

The impact:

Indoor camp settings are not permitted. Outdoor camp settings in groups of no more than 10 participants.

For more details, please see Appendix L on the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page.

Critical Business and Critical Government Functions

Applies to:

A Critical Business is any business, regardless of corporate structure, including for-profit or nonprofit, that is engaged primarily in any of the commercial, manufacturing or service activities specifically listed in Appendix A of Public Health Order 20-36.

Critical Government Functions are specifically listed in Section IV.D. of Public Health Order 20-36. Not all government functions are Critical Government Functions. Non-critical government functions must comply with the applicable sector guidance, such as Field Services or Non-Critical Office-Based Businesses.

The impact:

Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions may continue to operate without capacity limitations but must follow the requirements in Section III.B and C of Public Health Order 20-36.

All Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions may operate, must comply with Distancing Requirements, adopt work from home or tele-work policies for any operations that can be done remotely, and implement other strategies, such as staggered schedules or re-designing workplaces, to create more distance between workers unless doing so would make it impossible to carry out critical functions. Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions should follow all the requirements in PHO 20-36 of their sector, and any applicable CDPHE guidance, unless doing so would make it impossible to carry out critical functions.

All Critical Businesses and Government Functions shall follow the protocols below:

  • Wear Face Coverings for individuals in all public indoor settings unless under 10 years old, cannot medically tolerate a face covering, or is participating in one of the activities describe in Section II.M of Executive Order D 2020 138.
  • Provide Work Accommodations for Individuals at Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19 or facing child care needs while schools remain closed, such as telecommuting.
  • Implement Disease Prevention Measures for the Workplace, for Employees, and for Customers to minimize disease transmission. Refer to PHO 20-36 Section III.C.3, 4, and 5.
  • Large Employers over 50 employees in one location shall (in addition to the requirements above):
    • Set up symptoms screening and temperature checks
    • Implement an at-home employee self-screening policy requiring employees to report results prior to entering the worksite
    • Close common areas
    • Implement mandatory cleaning and disinfecting protocols
    • Require adherence to Distancing Requirements

For more details, please see Appendix A of CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36.

Indoor Events

Applies to:

  • Indoor Receptions
  • Indoor Events
  • Indoor Concerts
  • Indoor markets
  • Indoor malls
  • Non-critical auctions
  • Theaters
  • Trade shows
  • Other indoor venues not covered in other guidance documents where these guidelines and adherence to physical distance can be maintained.

Note: Events that can fully follow the restaurant guidelines for the entire event may operate as a restaurant and follow those guidelines and capacity restrictions. This means that parties are seated, there are no shared activities and any performers are at least 25 feet from patrons. Please see the restaurant guidance for more details.

The impact:

Indoor Events may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, within their usable space calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator per room.

For more details, please see Appendix I on the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

K-12 Schools

Applies to:

K-12 public and private schools for the purpose of:

  • Providing meals and/or housing
  • Facilitating or providing materials for distance learning
  • Providing in-person learning or other essential services* to students as determined by the school or school district in consultation with the local public health agency

Note: Such institutions are required to work with state and local public health officials and follow case and outbreak guidance for schools when cases of COVID-19 are suspected or confirmed in students or staff. This process determines transmission mitigation strategies, the need for isolation and quarantine, and shifts to remote learning.

*Outside a school gym class, school gyms must follow Personal Recreation Guidance.

The Impact:

 In-person learning suggested, hybrid, or remote learning as appropriate.

Schools must follow Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Outbreak Guidance.

Note: K-12 schools are considered Critical Businesses per PHO 20-36. Local districts can make determinations regarding structure and format of education based on local factors.

EPCPH recommends eliminating or greatly restricting Extracurricular Activities. Schools should recognize the additional risk posed by extracurricular activities, whether these activities are directly affiliated with schools or not. Even if conducted with optimal risk reduction measures in place, extracurricular activities present another venue in which COVID-19 transmission may occur. Further, schools may have less control of risk reduction measures in these activities. Large outbreaks associated with sports teams have resulted in the suspension of in-person learning for entire school districts in Colorado.

For more details, please see Appendix A of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Limited Health Care

Applies to (provided services are offered in a health care setting):

  • Acupuncture (not related to personal services)
  • Athletic training (not related to personal services)
  • Audiology services
  • Services by hearing aid providers
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy (not related to personal services)
  • Naturopathic care
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech language pathology services

The impact:

Limited Healthcare services may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 25 people, per room.

For more details, please see Appendix G on the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Non-critical Manufacturing

Applies to:

Manufacturers not currently defined as a Critical Manufacturer within the Critical Business list in Appendix A of Public Health Order 20-36.

The impact:

Businesses may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 50 people, whichever is less, per room.

For more details, please see Appendix D of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Critical and Non-critical Retail

Applies to:

  • Clothing stores
  • Home goods stores
  • Cell phone stores
  • Mattress stores
  • Appliance stores
  • Thrift shops
  • Apothecaries
  • Vape and tobacco shops
  • Craft stores
  • Hobby and fabric stores
  • Fishing tackle retailer
  • Sporting goods
  • Boutiques

The impact:

Critical and Non-critical​ ​Retail ​may operate at 50% of the posted occupancy limit, and should offer increased options for curbside pickup, delivery, and dedicated service hours for senior and at-risk individuals.

Indoor and outdoor market operators and indoor mall operators shall follow the Indoor or Outdoor Event requirements in Appendix I.

For more details, please see Appendix C of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Office-based Businesses

Applies to:

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

The impact:

Non-Critical Office-based businesses​ may allow in-person work up to 25% of their posted occupancy limit, and are strongly encouraged to implement remote work to the greatest extent possible.

For more details, please see Appendix B of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Organized Recreational Youth or Adult Sports

Applies to:

  • Youth recreational leagues
  • Adult amateur leagues
  • Interscholastic sports
  • Club sports
  • Organized or sponsored athletics

NOTE: DOES NOT APPLY TO HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGIATE OR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

The impact:

Indoor sports settings are not permitted but may offer virtual services.

Outdoor sports settings in groups of no more than 10 players and must maintain distancing requirements at all times.

For more details, please see Appendix J of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Outdoor Events

Applies to:

  • Outdoor receptions
  • Outdoor events
  • Fairs
  • Rodeos
  • Non-critical auctions
  • Outdoor Concerts
  • Outdoor markets

Note: This guidance does not apply to activities covered under guidelines for restaurants, places of worship, personal recreation, or outdoor recreation.

The impact:

Outdoor Events may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 75 people excluding staff, whichever is less, within their usable space calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator per designated activity or area.

If the event is a seated event as described in Appendix I, the usable space may be calculated using 6 feet distancing between non-household contacts instead of using the calculator.

For more details, please see Appendix I of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Outdoor Guided Activities

Applies to:

  • Overnight services
  • Fishing and hunting
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding
  • ATV Tours
  • Snowmobile, skiing
  • Climbing
  • River outfitters
  • Rafting
  • Jeep tours
  • Sports day camps
  • Single skill building camps

The impact:

Outdoor Guided Activities may operate at 25% capacity not to exceed 10 people per group.

For more details, please see Appendix K of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Personal Recreation

Outdoor Recreation applies to:

Indoor Recreation applies to:

  • Campgrounds
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Bicycle and motocross tracks
  • Competitive events, such as races and endurance
  • Gyms
  • Rooms used for indoor sports or exercise
  • Fitness, dance or group exercise classes
  • Exercise studios and centers
  • Recreation centers
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor pools
  • Indoor athletic facilities

The impact:

Indoor Recreational Activities may operate with 25% capacity not to exceed 25 people per room.

Outdoor Recreational Activities may operate with a limit of 10 people per activity maintaining 6 feet Distancing Requirements between non-household contacts.

Outdoor swimming pool capacities do not change with Safer at Home levels; instead, they may operate at 50% capacity no to exceed 50 people in all levels. Frequently touched surfaces, shared objects, and bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected every hour.

For more details, please see Appendix J on the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36 or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home Outdoor Recreation page or the CDPHE Safer at Home Indoor Recreation page.

Personal Services

Applies to:

  • Professional beauty services:
  • Hair salons
  • Barber shops
  • Nail salons
  • Esthetician services
  • Cosmetologist services
  • Body art professionals
  • Personal training
  • Pastoral services
  • Pet-groomers and pet-grooming facilities
  • Pet-handlers and pet-transporters
  • Pet-training services
  • Tailors and dry cleaners
  • Sun-tanning services
  • Massage therapists, non-healthcare settings

The impact:

Personal Service businesses may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 25 people, per room.

For more details, please see Appendix F of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Places of Worship & Life Rites

Applies to:

Indoor or outdoor places of worship including but not limited to churches, temples, synagogues and mosques. Life Rites including, but not limited to, weddings, graduations, funerals and other religious rites (this does not include any receptions or parities related to the ceremony or rite).

The impact:

Indoor Seated Functions: May operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.

Indoor Unseated Functions: May operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, per room, calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator.

Outdoor worship and life rites are limited by 6 feet between parties outdoors.

**At this time, the capacity limits contained in PHO 20-36 do not apply to Houses of Worship pursuant to federal court, though social distancing requirements between household groups must still be met.

Note: Per Executive Order D 2020 237, Individuals who are officiating or participating in a life rite or religious services are exempt from the requirements of the Executive Order requiring the wearing of non-medical face coverings indoors where temporary removal of a face covering is necessary to complete or participate in the life rite or religious service.

For more details, please see the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36.

Real Estate & Field Services

Applies to:

  • Real estate, including marketing services
  • Lawn care and landscaping
  • House cleaning, including carpet cleaning and window cleaning
  • Electricians and plumbers
  • Handyman services
  • General contractors, tile setters, carpenters, construction
  • Home inspectors
  • Appraisers
  • Land surveyors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Private investigators
  • Landscape architects

The impact:

Services that are being provided out in the field as opposed to a company property, including third party private properties, such as a third party household may continue to operate.

Real estate open houses must follow the Indoor Event requirements and may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, within their usable space calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator per room.


For more details, please see Appendix E of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Retail Food Establishments

Applies to:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Food trucks
  • Coffee shops
  • Schools

The impact:

Indoor dining:

  • Restaurants may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.
  • For an indoor event at your establishment where patrons will not remained seated throughout the event, may allow up to 25 people within their usable space calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator per room, excluding staff.
  • If there is an event being held at your establishment where everyone is remaining seated and food is being served, you may follow Appendix H:Restaurants, from the PHO 20-36 and keep 6 feet between parties.

Outdoor dining:

  • Restaurants may also use any existing, licensed outdoor space for in-person dining with the same group limit of 10 and minimum spacing of 6 feet apart. Restaurants must have or obtain approval from their local government’s permitting, building and fire code oversight agency for any new outdoor dining apace prior to use.

New Outdoor Seating:

  • Application - Winter Outdoor Dining and Expanded Seating
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD), Colorado Springs Planning and Community Development (CSPCD), and El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) are separate entities representing different and specific codes (fire, zoning, and health). Permits are code specific therefore, more than one permit may be necessary.

Alcohol sales:

  • Pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 091, as amended and extended, all on-premises licensees licensed under Articles 3, 4, and 5 of Title 44 of the Colorado Revised Statutes must cease alcohol beverage sales to end consumers for on-premises consumption and for takeout between 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. MDT each day; however, counties and municipalities may set more restrictive hours as they determine appropriate.

Bars that do not serve food are to remain closed, unless they operate as a restaurant by provide food from a licensed retail food establishment such as a nearby restaurant or mobile unit AND follow all requirements listed in Appendix H of PHO 20-36.

Helpful resources:

  • Ensure all employees and staff wash their handing frequently.
  • Disinfect common surfaces, tables, chairs, menus, condiments, etc., or move towards a
  • contactless method.
  • Use only approved disinfectant products. To see if a disinfectant has been approved by the EPA to destroy COVID-19, check the EPA's List N.
  • Utilize Employee Health Screenings and click here for additional CDPHE resources.
  • Practice social distancing with customers; maintain 6 feet apart and wear a mask.

For more details, please see Appendix H of the CDPHE Public Health Order 20-36
Or refer to the CDPHE Safer at Home page

Non-Level Specific Sector Guidance

High School Sports

Applies to:

Only the following High School Sports: field hockey, football and cheer/dance.

Capacity guidance:

  • 25 players per roster for field hockey, or a total of 50 players on or around any field of play.
  • 50 players per roster for football, or total of 56 participants on or around any area of competition.
  • 28 participants per roster of cheer/dance, or a total of 56 participants on or around any area of competition.

In addition to these guidelines, the following is required:

  • All participants, including athletes, coaches, match officials, staff and others, must wear masks while not actively playing or performing.
  • All participants, including athletes, coaches, match officials, staff and others, must be 6 feet apart from non-household members on the sidelines or while not in active play.
  • All participants, including athletes, coaches, match officials, staff and others, must stay in their designated areas off the field of play and may not go into spectator areas.
  • All participants, including athletes, coaches, match officials, staff and others must wear masks and observe social distancing during transportation.
  • Roster limitations established by CHSAA must not be exceeded.
  • Cheer/Dance participants must follow the requirements laid out in other guidelines for performers and be at least 25 feet away from spectators and players at all times.

Resources

Finally, it is critical that all school-based sports follow the same guidelines for school settings for reporting of cases and outbreak protocols. It is mandatory that these standards are implemented for all high school sports.

Transportation

Applies to:

Agencies or individuals providing public transportation, including: rideshares; taxis; public and private airports; transportation networks (e.g. Uber, Lyft); vehicle rental services; paratransit; and other private, public and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for Necessary Activities.

Capacity Guidance:

  • Limit vehicle capacity to 50% of posted seated capacity. Operators and passengers should ensure 6 feet of physical distance between non-household groups to the greatest extent possible. These limits may be temporarily exceeded in instances when a person with a disability needs an accommodation, when a transit vehicle is required for an emergency situation, or to prevent a risk to life or safety.
  • To create distance between passengers, consider:
    • Blocking off seats or portions of vehicles to allow at least one seat or row between individuals from different households.
    • Skipping stops when vehicles are at capacity.
  • To create distance between passengers and drivers, consider:
    • Blocking off the first one or two seats immediately behind or beside the driver’s seat.
    • Having passengers board through rear doors, if available.
    • If riders must enter through a front door, having the driver stand outside during boarding.
    • For taxis and rideshares, having passengers use only the back seat.
  • When possible, open windows — one on each side of the vehicle — to maximize ventilation.
  • Post signs reminding passengers that physical distancing requirements apply to public transport.
  • Post signs informing customers that they can opt in to Exposure Notifications so they may be alerted more quickly in the event they are exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Passenger interaction:

  • Require all passengers over the age of 10 to wear a mask at all times.
  • Strongly encouraged riders ages 2-10 to wear a mask at all times.
  • Advise the public to avoid public transit if they are sick, positive for COVID-19, or if they believe they were exposed to COVID-19.
  • Ask passengers to adhere to physical distancing guidelines regarding spacing between passengers.
  • Remind passengers to follow guidance from operators. Operators are critical workers and it is imperative that their health and safety be protected.