Updates from Governor Polis

The Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (PUC) 

The CARES Act extends the length of time for which one can collect unemployment and adds an additional $600 per week to those benefits. Colorado's Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has created a new webpage to guide employees, including those that are self-employed, independent contractors and 1099 employees, as they navigate the intersection of state unemployment and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. Even if you have already applied for unemployment, continue to request payment every two weeks to ensure you receive PUC subsidies.   

Bookmark this page and check it often for updates https://www.colorado.gov/cdle/unemployment


Governor Polis Appeals to Vice President Pence for PPE 

In a letter to the Vice President, Governor Polis requested 10,000 ventilators, 880,000 face shields and millions of different kinds of face masks and gloves. The Governor asserted that Colorado's death rate is rising "faster than any other state right now" and that "lags in testing are masking the true conditions experience by Coloradans across the state". Read the letter.


Schools Closure Extended to April 30th 

By executive order, all public and private schools, along with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, will remain closed through April 30th. Colorado's Department of Education (CDE) will issue guidance to implement the terms of the suspension and identify means of assistance to support remote learning for students.  Read the order 


The Governor's COVID-19 Status Update 

Governor Polis expressed optimism yesterday when informing Coloradans that the number of cars on I-25 has been decreasing recently by 400 cars per day. This means more and more people are working from home and abiding by state executive orders, which translates into extensive social distancing. The practice of social distancing will save hundreds if not thousands of lives. Read the press release here.


New Executive Order Taps Additional $18M in State Funds 

Governor Polis has amended the executive order declaring an emergency in Colorado so that the state can access $18,000,000 to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Any unexpended monies will remain in Colorado's Emergency Fund. Read Executive Order 2020 018


Governor Polis Secures Major Disaster Status for Colorado 

President Trump's approval of the Governor's request for Major Disaster Status gives Colorado access to Federal resources to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. A key provision of this declaration directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Colorado with logistical and financial support during its time of need. Read more


Read Governor Polis' Press Release Supporting Denver and Boulder Orders

Governor Polis Issues New Executive Order  

Employers in non-critical workplaces in Colorado are now required to reduce their in-person workforce by 50% by implementing telecommute options and staggering work schedules. Any employer that can certify that their employees are able to work 6 feet apart from each other will be exempt. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will provide guidance to this order which will identify industries that must function at full capacity to provide Coloradans with essential services, and a certification process for employers seeking exemption. The Order takes effect on Tuesday, March 24th and ends on Friday, April 10th.   

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From the Governor's Office

  • An Executive Order has postponed all surgeries in the state of Colorado that are not life threatening.
  • An Executive Order has closed schools and high-country ski areas until April 14th
  • Governor Polis's Emergency Declaration written on March 11th, 2020 enabled state agencies to activate their emergency response and recovery plans and gave several state agencies emergency rule making powers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It waives all fees, including telehealth related fees, for COVID-19 testing for covered persons. The declaration also activated Colorado's National Guard and secured $4M from the state's Disaster Emergency Fund, among other mandates. 
  • Subsequently, agencies have taken the following action.  
  • Closure of bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums and casinos close their doors statewide to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Drive through and meal take-out services are still allowed. It is effective starting March 17th, 2020 and will close thirty days after that. 
  • Strategic plan for COVID-19 testing and transmission. Part of this plan is to discourage those with mild symptoms from seeking medical treatment, and instead engage in self-isolation.


Schools are closed until April 17

Governor Polis has closed in-person school session for all private and public schools in Colorado until April 17. Read more