**The business playbook is no longer maintained. See the business resources page for COVID-19 business guidance**
The Business Playbook for Winter 2021/2022 is available as a PDF (English and Spanish) with the below content as well as the General COVID-19 Best Practices & Recommendations Checklist for Businesses.
Introduction and Purpose
Pitkin County has made significant progress against COVID-19. As COVID-19 restrictions continue to shift, you’re managing evolving health concerns and regulations to regain productivity and prevent a resurgence of the virus. This playbook provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers by sharing best practices and science-based solutions to help prevent COVID-19 spread within your business and among the community. Pitkin County Public Health strongly encourages all businesses to implement prevention measures that are feasible for your business with the understanding that the safer you are, the safer our community will be.
How to use this Playbook
This playbook is meant to offer useful tools for you and your leadership teams, to make your workplaces as safe as possible and support employees and customers in the best way possible. It includes:
- A framework outlining the various dimensions of health to consider as employees work in this ever-evolving “next normal” COVID-19 era.
- Guidance, recommendations, and curated tools and resources on how to safely operate your business or organization.
We’ll continue to update this content as guidance and circumstances change. For additional questions, please fill out this form.
Event Safety Plans
The Pitkin County Event Safety Plan has been updated to reflect the public health recommendations and can be used as a resourceful educational tool among event planners.
Pitkin County is synonymous with unique and vibrant events and it is important that as we respond to changing COVID-19 circumstances, we can continue to enjoy events in a COVID-19 safe way. It is important to remember that public gatherings and events are high-risk activities and therefore need to be carefully planned. We are all learning how to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. This means that while we have been able to return to doing some things as normal there are behaviors and some restrictions that we will need to maintain over the medium to long term.
The purpose of the Event Safety Plan is to help event organizers to identify and manage the risk of COVID-19 for a range of event and activity types in a diverse range of settings. It sets out the process for working with Pitkin County Public Health to deliver a COVID-19 safe event under the current public health requirements and recommendations.
The key objectives of the Event Safety Plan are to:
- Outline the public health considerations and requirements to plan and implement
COVID-19 safety at events;
- Support event organizers to plan and hold COVID-19 safe events;
- Enable the community to engage in COVID-19 safe events as safely as is possible in a
changing COVID-19 risk environment; and
- Support the social and economic recovery of the community by supporting Pitkin County’s vibrant and unique events
COVID-19 Local Requirements
- Stay home if sick – Be alert for symptoms. Stay home and do not travel. Seek testing.
- Get tested – If you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or develop symptoms, seek testing immediately. Visit the testing information page or our testing site finder for testing resources. If you need help you can call the COVID-19 helpline at 970-429-3363.
- Get vaccinated – Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If vaccinated and exposed, you do not need to quarantine if you remain symptom-free. Verify your vaccination. Note: You will find businesses that are part of the Fully Vaccinated Facility Program that may have additional Covid-19 protocols like vaccine verifications.
- Keep washing and distancing – Wash your hands often. Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces.
- Cooperate with Public Health if contacted – If contacted by Public Health Contact Tracing due to an exposure, please follow instructions for quarantine or isolation requirements per the current public health order.
- Stay informed by checking local requirements – Keep in mind that requirements can, and do change rapidly. Check our travel recommendations page for updates as your trip gets closer. Please be mindful and respect local business as well as public health requirements.
CDPHE Sector-Specific Guidance
Visit the Colorado Department of Health & Environment Guidance by Sector page to see recommended COVID-19 guidance your industry should consider implementing.
As we adapt to this “next normal” and as we see a loosening of restrictions, it’s time for businesses to modify and tailor their safety plan to ensure a successful future, both for the business and for the health of those around you. Please review the following recommendations to help understand how you may modify workplace safety plans for COVID-19:
Assessing safety when working
Consider assessing the level of employee health risk when modifying and tailoring your safety plan. Review OSHA’s Occupational Risk Pyramid for COVID-19 to determine risk exposure levels and consider implementing additional strategies to limit COVID-19 transmission if employee health risk is high.
(Image source: Kaiser Permanente)
Vaccinations are also providing excellent protection against COVID-19 and are available to those who wish to be vaccinated (ages 5 and up). To avoid outbreaks among your employees this winter and/or having to quarantine your employees, consider providing information about the COVID-19 vaccines. Pitkin County’s Vaccine page provides clinic times in Pitkin County and in our neighboring counties as well as provides vaccine basics and FAQs. Other resources to share include:
- Healthy Families and Workplace Act: full-time or part-time employees may have the right to take four hours of paid time off or sick leave for a vaccine appointment — even when scheduled during work hours, and use PTO while recovering from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
- COVID-19 vaccination posters for businesses to post in the workplace.
- Vaccine Myth Busting Videos with Local Doctors & Vaccine Stories.
- Review CDC’s Choosing Safer Activities guidance.
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 flu season to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu. Prevent flu this season by rolling up your sleeve for your annual flu vaccine. This fall and winter it is important for everyone to do their part to prevent respiratory illnesses, like flu.
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
Why is it important for flu shots to be given during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, have led to decreased use of routine preventive medical services, including immunization services. Ensuring that people continue or start getting routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting people and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, including flu. Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations, which further strain the healthcare system.
For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be very important to reduce flu illness because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and thus lessen the resulting burden on the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.