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.
Compliance with State and Federal Orders
All businesses and other entities allowed to operate must comply with all Executive Orders issued by the Governor of Colorado, all CDPHE Public Health Orders, all Orders issued by the CDC as well as all Federal Orders. All businesses and entities are encouraged to comply with all State Guidance applicable to such operations and all CDC Guidance applicable to such operations.
To support the safety of all the community members, including children who are not eligible for vaccination, and due to the rise in the Delta variant, Pitkin County has issued a new mask order. Effective September 16, 2021 all individuals 2 years and older are required to wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, during periods of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker.
Per Federal Orders, individuals 2 years old and older must still wear masks on public transportation, such as on buses, taxis, planes, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, and/or out of the country, regardless of vaccination status.
CDPHE and Pitkin County Public Health are closely monitoring regional and local hospital capacities. The data are broken down by the regional hospital capacity as identified by the State for both ICU capacity and general bed capacity. If either the ICU capacity or general bed capacity for the region exceeds 85% or local hospital capacity is threatened, capacity limits and public health requirements may be reinstated for the community. For more information about this data, please visit our data dashboards.
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 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.
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Vaccinations are also providing excellent protection against COVID-19 and are available to those who wish to be vaccinated (ages 12 and up). To avoid outbreaks among your employees 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.
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. The new Event Safety Plan is required as part of the Special Event Permitting process with Pitkin County, Town of Snowmass Village, City of Aspen, and Town of Basalt.