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Garfield County Allows Business Reopening on May 4th with Social Distancing Plan

The “Safer At Home” orders issued from the State will begin on April 27th, 2020. Garfield County wants to give local businesses and agencies time to review the Garfield County Roadmap Criteria and complete a plan for their agency using the Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan guidance.

Businesses and agencies in Garfield County should determine if they are high, medium, or low risk, complete the “Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan”, and submit the form online at:

UPDATE: from Garfield County Friday, April 24th 5:15pm MT:

To allow adequate preparation time, Phase I implementation will begin on May 4th, 2020. This will align Garfield County with state efforts. The form can be filled out manually and submitted via email to:,or fax 970-625-4804, or via mail: 194 W 14th St, Bldg A, Rifle, CO 81650.

For questions pleasecall: 970-625-5200, ext 8120

The local update parts ways with the Governor Jared Polis’ state order, which allows non-essential business and services to open earlier on May 1st. 


Under the state order:

  • Elective procedures including dental work,
  • in-person real estate showings (but no open houses
  • personal services like salons, personal trainers, and tattoo shops.
  • By May 4th, large workplaces can bring back 50% of their workforce with temperature and symptom checks as employees enter.
  • Restaurants, bars, and clubs will still be closed until at least mid-May, and Governor Jared Polis says they could stay closed longer depending on what the real-time modeling data shows.
  • Retail businesses would also be allowed to open for curbside pickup and delivery on April 27th, with an official re-opening date of May 1st.

So far, some of the state guidelines for reopening include physical distancing of 6 feet or greater, wearing masks, and limiting the number of people in enclosed spaces, among other actions.

In Garfield County:

  •  Garfield County has already been allowing retailers to offer curbside delivery and pickup. April 27 will not change this practice.
  • Retail and personal services will not be allowed to open until Monday, May 4.
  • All Garfield County business owners will need to fill out an online plan for their business in regard to social distancing planning.

Online plan forms and business guidance documents will be made available by close of business Friday, April 24 on the Garfield County website.

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