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Stay at Home Order: Coronavirus - March 23, 2020

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Jeremy Haefner

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Dear DU Community,

This afternoon, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced a new “Stay at Home” order issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. The order stipulates that beginning tomorrow at 5 p.m., all individuals living and working anywhere in the City and County of Denver are ordered to stay home, except as needed to perform certain “essential activities” or work at jobs that have specific exceptions in the order. This order is in effect until April 10.

The Stay at Home order follows Governor Polis’ order on Sunday that all Colorado businesses and institutions must reduce their “on-site” workforce by at least 50 percent. Both of these measures are intended to use physical distancing to help “flatten the curve” of the ever-steepening number of COVID-19 cases in Denver, and throughout Colorado.

Because the University of Denver is considered an “essential business,” some of our faculty and staff are still permitted to leave their homes if their work requires them to physically work on campus. However, in the interest of the health of our staff and faculty, and of the community at large, we will be asking even more of our DU personnel to work from home.

If you have not yet been notified, please reach out to your supervisor to determine if you are considered to be “essential” and are needed on campus at this time. There are about 500 people who fall into this category. If you have additional questions about this please contact your unit leader.

Anyone who has been coming to campus and not yet working remotely should gather what will be needed to work from home. Other questions will undoubtedly arise and we ask for your patience as we continue to navigate this quickly changing landscape we are all in together.


Jeremy Haefner