Last night WOODALLSCM.com (WCM) received an emailed update from Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA), informing WCM that RV parks and campgrounds in Colorado had been deemed “essential” by Gov. Jared Polis in his new stay at home order.

Arlington noted that park owners are only allowed to accept campers that us an RV or the park as a permanent residence.

“County officials can still impose their own orders, but this is a huge step forward,” she explained.

Below is a general Q&A on how the order impacts small businesses in the state:

What does this mean for businesses?

  • Critical businesses, listed in the public health order, can continue to operate.
  • Critical businesses must take all steps possible to comply with the social distancing requirements.
  • Other businesses are closed to in-person work. Employers are encouraged to keep as many people working remotely as possible.
  • To be designated as a critical business, the work of a business must be primarily critical work as defined in the order. In other words, a store that doesn’t normally sell food, cannot start selling food and say they are a grocery or food retailer in order to stay open.

Where can I find out more?

Consult the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Guidance on Critical vs. Non-Critical Business Professions

Is my business a critical business?

Read the lists in the relevant executive order and public health order to determine if your business is critical. If you are unsure, err on the side of protecting public health. If you still cannot decide, you may want to consult a lawyer.

I have a critical business. What do I need to do?

Implement and practice the social distancing requirements to keep your employees and customers healthy. This means keeping people 6 feet apart from each other, practicing frequent and correct handwashing, cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently, and remembering not to shake hands. Take some time to understand what this means. There are many resources on this website, in particular, on this page.

Do I need to certify that I am a critical business?

No, but there is a voluntary self-certification document created to help critical businesses and law enforcement to comply with public health orders.

What does “minimum basic operations” mean?

This term refers to operations that help maintain the value of a residence or business, such as sanitation, landscaping, maintenance and repair services.  For businesses, this also includes filling online orders to maintain the work and value of the business. All of these activities must be done while adhering to the social distancing requirements.  People who run critical businesses should read the public health order to find out what that means.

Can I serve drinks at my restaurant or bar to people who are picking up their to-go orders?

No, food or drinks may not be consumed on the premises of restaurants or bars.

What kind of construction is allowed?

The guidance on construction activities is located here.

To learn more, click here. 

Owners can also reach out to CCLOA at info@CampColorado.com.