Coronavirus COVID-19 Status
Our normal mobile notary services may be altered, slowed, prioritized, restricted or unavailable during the Colorado state of emergency declared on March 10, 2020, due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
We are following Public Health Orders issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE COVID-19 website [new window]), Colorado Springs government COVID-19 website [new window] and El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website [new window], Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines for business [new window], business and health care provider facility policies for visitors, OSHA COVID-19 standards [new window], and our own terms of service and Infection Control Policy regarding health and safety.
Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this pandemic public health emergency. See the latest Colorado COVID-19 case data and graphs [new window] from CDPHE.
We will post new information here when there are significant changes or updates.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) PDF Training Certificates
Gerald Lucas has completed these World Health Organization (WHO) Courses:
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) PDF [new window]
Emerging Respiratory Viruses COVID-19 PDF [new window]
Occupational Protection from Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) PDF [new window]
Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) Treatment Facility Design PDF [new window]
Seasonal Influenza: Introduction PDF [new window]
Pandemic Influenza Introduction PDF [new window]
Gerald Lucas has completed these CDC Courses:
Infection Control and Infectious Diseases
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for COVID-19
Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Course
Infection Prevention and Control Program PDF [new window], Module 1
The Infection Preventionist PDF [new window], Module 2
Hand Hygiene PDF [new window], Module 7
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection PDF [new window], Module 11B
Infectious Diseases, 12-hrs, The Great Courses, by Dr. Barry Fox, Clinical Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
COVID-19’s Impact on Infection Prevention, Infection Control Today
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
Colorado Safer-at-Home Order
The Governor issued a statewide Colorado Stay-at-Home Order [new window] (Public Health Order 20-24 PDF [new window]) effective March 26 until April 26, 2020, (extended from April 11th), (except for the listed critical activities essential to your health and safety) to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by reducing close contact with other people or contaminated air, papers, items or surfaces.
Maintain 6-feet social distancing from other people. Do not shake hands, touch or hug when greeting. Do not share pens. Pay online with a credit card, not cash. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after touching a contaminated item or surface. Disinfect items and surfaces using EPA registered List N disinfectants [new window] according to label directions before touching. Do not touch your face before disinfecting your hands. Wear a face mask and disposable gloves. Remove and disinfect your shoes when you get home. Stay at home if you are coughing, sneezing, have a fever or feel sick, or if you have been exposed to a sick person or coronavirus contamination.
Failure to comply with a Public Health Order may result in a misdemeanor criminal conviction with a fine of $500 to $5,000 and/or six to eighteen months in jail.
Under the Colorado Safer-at-Home Order PDF [new window], many listed “non-essential” businesses re-opened on Monday, April 27th, following infection prevention and control guidelines, with strict precautions and protections for nursing homes. Bars, restaurant dining rooms, and clubs are expected to remain closed until the middle of May.
Retailers may offer curbside delivery starting April 27th, and then may reopen, with social distancing measures in place, on Friday, May 1st. Dental offices, salons, tattoo shops, dog grooming, and other businesses offering personal services may reopen by following appropriate precautions and social distancing measures. Elective medical services and surgeries may begin again. Offices may reopen with 50 percent of the workforce starting Monday, May 4th. Schools will remain closed to in-person instruction for the rest of the school year. Childcare centers may reopen with strict precautions.
Seniors over age 60 and vulnerable populations need to Stay at Home except when absolutely necessary, and need to use strict precautions and protections when leaving home.
The Governor extended the Colorado state of emergency for 30 more days on April 8th and monthly since then. Many rural counties in Colorado have reported few or no cases of COVID-19. Some Colorado cities and counties are following re-opening guidelines that differ from the Governor’s Safer-at-Home guidelines.
The Colorado General Assembly was on extended pandemic recess for two months. The legislative session resumed on Tuesday, May 26th. The legislature must deal with emergency issues and pass a balanced budget before July, despite a sharp drop in revenue due to business closures and stay at home executive orders during the pandemic.
Critical and Essential Businesses
Notaries are not specifically listed in the Public Health Order details as providing one of the Critical Government Functions related to maintaining public health, safety or sanitation. Gerald Lucas has a Colorado life and health insurance license PDF [new window]. Insurance is listed as a critical business service during this emergency.
See the list at DORA Critical vs Non-Critical Professionals List PDF [new window], updated 2020-04-02.
Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
President Trump announced his 3-phase Guidelines for Opening Up America Again [new window] on April 16, 2020. Governor Polis has announced that the Colorado Stay-at-Home order ended on April 26th.
Business Safe Harbor Legislation
Businesses are seeking temporary, legal, and regulatory safe harbor legislation to curb liabilities for employers who follow official health and safety guidelines if a business is interrupted or if employees or customers contract COVID-19 once operations resume. OSHA is issuing new rules for worker infection protection.
Businesses are following guidelines for increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols. See McDonald’s restaurant cleaning and safety precautions [new window]. Some Starbucks cafes are open inside Safeway and King Soopers grocery stores. See Starbucks elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols [new window].
Colorado Dine-in Restaurants
Dine-in restaurants in Colorado are allowed to re-open starting May 27, 2020, if infection control policies are followed including limiting customers to 50% of capacity, maximum indoor air ventilation, 6-foot table/party spacing, shared surfaces cleaned and disinfected between seatings, posted cleaning log, employees wearing masks, server hand washing every 30 minutes, single-use menus or menu board, no self-service stations or buffets, directional and spacing floor decals, hand sanitizer available, social distancing in waiting area, customers should wear masks when not eating or drinking, customers should register name to be notified of outbreak, bathroom cleaning every 60 minutes.
Refusal of Service for Not Wearing Face Mask
Governor Polis signed executive order D 2020 092 on June 4th, giving business owners discretion to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering. The order expires July 4th, unless extended.
Infection Control Policy
See our Infection Control Policy regarding coronavirus health and safety.