COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for Businesses
Summit County Roadmap to Recovery
On May 1, Summit County released a Roadmap to Recovery, which outlines key dates for Summit County businesses and residents. The Roadmap is a 10-15 minute read. It does not replace Summit County Public Health Orders, but it is critical to understanding what the road forward might be for local businesses in Summit County.
Summit County Roadmap to Recovery
Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form
Summit County is requiring that businesses fill out a Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form.
The Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form is intended to help businesses identify and implement strategies to protect the health of their employees and members of the public by reducing opportunities for disease transmission. This form should be filled out by every business, and businesses must:
- Display a completed copy of their Physical Distancing Protocol at each public entrance
- Distribute completed copies of their Physical Distancing Protocol to all employees
- Post a completed copy of the Physical Distancing Protocol on business website, if applicable
**The form does NOT need to be submitted to Summit County or any other governmental entity or agency.
Business Physical Distancing Protocols Form
Required Business Public Health Signage
Businesses are required to post signage at all entrances to inform customers about the steps that need to be taken to protect everyone’s health. Below is public health signage for Frisco businesses:
General Business Public Health Signage
Restaurant Specific Public Health Signage
Face Covering Signage
If businesses need the Town to print signage for them, please email a request with the business name and amount of signs needed.
Families First Coronavirus Reponse Act including Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) & Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFML)
Wages and benefit premiums paid under both laws can be immediately credited against a non-public employer’s payroll tax liabilities without needing to wait for quarterly filings. The law will be effective on April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor has released guidance for both the employer and employees. Read the employer guidance here.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL)
- The EPSL Act requires employers to provide employees with two weeks of paid sick leave, paid at the employee’s regular rate, for that employee to quarantine, seek a diagnosis, or seek preventive care for Coronavirus.
- If the employee needs to care for a family member for such purposes, or to care for a child whose school has closed, or the childcare provider is unavailable due to the Coronavirus, the employer is required to pay two-thirds the employee’s regular rate. These payments will be allowed to be used for tax credits.
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFML)
- The Family and Medical Leave Act provides employees who have been on the job for at least 30 days, with the right to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave that is not required to be paid by the employer, meaning the employee will be able to return to their job after the 12 weeks of leave.
- Under the Emergency Expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act employees are now able to take leave to be used for self care and family care related to COVID-19.
- Also under the Emergency Expansion of the Family and Medical Leave employers are required to provided up to an additional 10 weeks of paid leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate if the employee needs to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
- Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern. Read Additional FAQs from the U.S. Department of Labor Here.
Last Call Public Health Order and Summit County Curfew
In order to maintain the downward trend in new Coronavirus cases, and citing the inhibition-reducing effects of alcohol, which in turn can lead to behavior that encourages the spread of COVID-19, Governor Polis extended and amended the Executive Order that changed the last call for alcohol sales at establishments statewide, now to 11:00pm.
- The order was amended on August 21, 2020 and will stay in effect for 30 days.
- This UPDATED Executive Order applies to all restaurants, bars, and establishments licensed for ON-SITE alcohol consumption. These businesses must stop selling alcohol both for on-premises and takeout, by 11:00pm until 7:00am, nightly.
- Sales rooms may still offer “to-go” alcohol in manufacturer sealed containers past 11:00pm.
- Establishments licensed to conduct sales of alcohol for off-premises consumption such as liquor stores and grocery stores, may continue to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption until midnight and may resume alcohol sales for that purpose at 8:00am the following morning.
- Delivery sales of alcohol beverages, by both on and off-premises licensees who have that privilege, may continue based on their license type, but must end no later than 2:00am.
- Lodging properties with liquor licenses may continue to sell and serve alcohol via room service past 11:00 p.m.
- This order also prohibits alcohol beverage sales to consumers at permitted special events.
- Manufacturers and wholesalers may still conduct sales to their business licensees at this time.
Read the full Colorado State Executive Order
How this works with the the Summit County Curfew
Summit County Public Health enacted an order effective Wednesday, July 15, requiring restaurants and bars within the county to close for on-premises dining, which includes indoor and outdoor seating, by 11:00pm.Combined with the new State order:
- Restaurants may continue to serve both food and alcohol on premises until 11:00pm, following State guidelines.
- Restaurants, bars, and other retailers with a liquor license must stop selling alcohol for consumption (on and off-premises) by 11:00pm.
- Food may still be sold and consumed on premises until 11:00pm.
- Restaurants and bars must close for on-site consumption of food by 11:00pm, however, may continue to sell food for takeout and delivery.