With rapidly changing federal, state, and local government orders and guidance on the COVID-19 public health crisis, many allied health professionals are asking whether their services are “essential” or “critical,” such that they may continue to operate and provide patient services.

Please do not hesitate to contact Messner Reeves attorney Katherine K. Otto if you have further questions or would like assistance complying with these laws.

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On March 20, 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a bulletin explaining its interpretation of how the California Paid Sick Leave law (PSL), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) apply to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a Stay At Home Order effective March 24th at 5pm through April 10th at 5pm. Non-Essential Businesses in Denver must cease operations except for Minimum Basic Operations. Essential Businesses that are exempted from the Order can be found in the attached Order at Section 6(f) starting on page 7 and Minimum Basic Operations are defined in Section 6(g) on page 10.

Denver employers, contact a Messner Reeves attorney to confirm whether your business constitutes an Essential Business that can remain open during the Stay At Home Order and what Minimum Basic Operations are allowed.

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Governor Polis issued an executive order directing all of Colorado’s non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50 percent due to COVID-19.

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On March 20th, 2020 Governor Polis signed an executive order allowing Colorado Hotel & Restaurants, Beer & Wine, Brew Pubs, Club Licenses, Distillery Pubs, Lodging & Entertainment, Tavern and Vintners Restaurants to sell liquor for off premises-consumption along with food sales.

The summary of compliance with the order is as follows:
1. Sell alcohol with the sale of food
2. Receive orders via online, in person, telephonically, or third party vendor
3. Do not violate delivery requirements already established
4. Person making the deliveries must be over the age of 21 and an employee
5. Deliver and verify age to a person over 21 years old
6. This temporary amendment ends April 18th, 2020

Be sure to follow all regulations cited. If you are a restaurant or other on-premises license holder, only sell sealed alcoholic drinks with food and be sure that the receipts reflect those sales. Distilleries, Breweries, and other license holders with the right to sell to-go products can continue to do so under the standard rules.

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Should you have any questions, please contact an attorney from our Restaurant & Hospitality Group.

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On March 19, 2020, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment issued an updated Public Health Order regarding operation of bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums and casinos in Colorado. As it pertains to restaurants, the guidance provides as follows:

Until April 30, 2020, restaurants will not be permitted to serve customers for on-premises consumption. This extends the previously announced time of closure. Although not permitted to serve food to be consumed inside the restaurant, customers are permitted to have food delivered via a delivery service or to pick up food using window service, drive up/through service or by entering the restaurant in limited numbers - i.e. 5 people may be inside the restaurant so long as they are at least six feet apart while they are on the premises of the restaurant. Notably, this guidance does not apply to room service in hotels, crisis shelters, airport concessionaires and certain other businesses.

A copy of the UPDATED Notice of Public Health Order 20-22 is attached here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Messner Reeves’ Restaurant & Hospitality Group.

Effective at 8:00 a.m. on March 19, 2020, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment issued a Public Health Order regarding closure of businesses offering non-essential personal services in Colorado until April 30, 2020. Guidance issued by the State of Colorado pertains to the following: DORA licensese in the Barber/Cosmetology and Massage Therapy fields including hairstylists, nail technicians, barbers, estheticians, cosmetologists, massage therapists and shop owners. Nonessential personal services include, but are not limited to, hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors.

Licensees should check their email and also check https://colorado.gov/pacific/dora/covid-19-updates-licensees-and-consumers for specific guidance.

A copy of the Updated Notice of Public Health Order 20-22 is attached here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Messner Reeves’ Restaurant & Hospitality Group.

On March 16, 2020, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment issued a Public Health Order regarding operation of bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums and casinos in Colorado. As it pertains to restaurants, the guidance provides as follows:

Restaurants will not be permitted to serve customers for on-premises consumption beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 17, 2020 and continuing for 30 days. Although not permitted to serve food to be consumed inside the restaurant, customers are permitted to have food delivered via a delivery service or to pick up food using window service, drive up/through service or by entering the restaurant in limited numbers - i.e. 5 people may be inside the restaurant so long as they are at least six feet apart while they are on the premises of the restaurant.

A copy of the Notice of Public Health Order 20-22 is attached here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Messner Reeves’ Restaurant & Hospitality Group.

 Colorado employers in certain industries must temporarily provide paid leave for employees that need to be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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Messner Reeves’ Partners Michelle Harden, Allison Dodd, and John Shunk, in partnership with Roslyn Stone, MPH from Zedic, have complied guidance on Coronavirus, or COVID-19, as it relates to the restaurant industry. Please contact our team with any specific questions you may have.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What You Should Know From A Restaurant Standpoint

 

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