Gov. Polis Signs Executive Orders In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Sunday, May 17, 2020

DENVER - Gov. Polis signed Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order authorizing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to reallocate existing funds from contracts with local public health agencies to COVID-19 response activities. This will provide local public health agencies more flexibility to use certain funds provided by the State to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Polis also authorized CDPHE to redirect certain State funds to behavioral research designed to inform COVID-19 recommendations and educational campaigns focused on minority and traditionally disadvantaged communities.

The Governor also extended an Executive Order to help protect workers and residents in long-term care facilities and many other critical industries. The Executive Order requires workers at critical businesses to wear non-medical face coverings while at work and to wear gloves (if gloves are provided by an employer) when in contact with customers or goods. 

Gov. Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 068, suspending certain statutes that will allow Coloradans to remain eligible for critical programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Basic Health Plan.  This Executive Order ensures that Colorado complies with Federal requirements.  

The Governor also signed Executive Order D 2020 069, extending certain state income tax payment deadlines until July 15, 2020 for all Colorado taxpayers to quickly provide relief from payment and penalties.