Stay at Home Order Q&A

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the State of Colorado has issued a Stay-At-Home Public Health Order effective March 26 to April 11 for the entire state. Please use this question-and-answer resource to get a better understanding of what this Order means to you and the Parker community.

You may find the Order in its entirety, along with other COVID-19 resources, at

Q: What does this Order mean?

A: The Public Health Order requires that all residents stay at their place of residence to slow the spread of COVID-19, and that they make every effort possible to conduct only essential activities necessary to maintain health and well-being.

Q: Who does this Order apply to?

A: The Order applies to all residents of the State of Colorado, and therefore, residents living within Town of Parker boundaries.

Q: What activities are permitted?


  • Getting medical care for yourself, a family member, or pet
  • Getting groceries or food (including restaurants) and essential items
  • Going to the bankGetting work or school supplies
  • Outdoor exercise
  • Going to work ONLY if for an Order-determined essential service

Q: What activities are not permitted?


  • In-person public or private gatherings of any size with people outside of your household
  • Congregating in parks or public areas
  • Travel for non-essential purposes
  • Carpooling with anyone outside of your residence
  • Going to work if not for an Order-determined essential service

Q: What businesses will remain open?

A: Essential businesses including healthcare operations, essential infrastructure/utilities, grocery stores, food banks, restaurants, gas stations, banks, hardware stores and laundromats will remain open. A complete list of essential businesses is included in the Order.

Q: Are grocery stores open?

A: Yes, grocery stores are considered essential businesses and will remain open, but may have altered their hours or have designated hours for certain populations, like seniors. Call ahead, or check their website or social media before planning your trip. Grocery delivery is also still permitted.

Q: Can I order from restaurants?

A: Yes, restaurants may continue to provide to-go, carryout and delivery services. Dine-in is closed at all restaurants within the state. Find a list of establishments offering these services at

Q: Am I allowed to go outside?

A: Yes, you may still go outside for physical activity, but please continue to follow recommended social distancing practices (six feet between you and people not from your household). Congregating in parks and public spaces is not allowed.

Q: Can I go to the park?

A: Yes, public parks, trails, walking paths and the USMC CPL David M. Sonka Dog Park remain open. However, playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis/pickleball/basketball courts, ball fields, Railbender Skate Park, and other similar areas conducive to public gathering are closed.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions related to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order?


  • Dial 2-1-1: The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center has launched 2-1-1 as a statewide hotline that can help answer personal questions about COVID-19.  If you have a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.  If you want to ask questions about symptoms or what you should do if you think you have COVID-19, please call 2-1-1.  Additionally, the hotline can provide information concerning rent and utility assistance, housing assistance, childcare information, and mental health concerns.
  • Dial 303.220.9200 (Tri-County Health Hotline): If you have a question about a specific business, please call the Tri-County Health hotline at 303.220.9200. They can answer questions like, can my business be open, why are individual businesses being allowed to operate under the stay-at-home order, or any employee concerns about whether their place of employment is subject to the stay-at-home-order.
  • Dial 303.841.9800 (Parker Police Department Non-Emergency Line): If you have a question about the stay-at-home order that does not relate to a business, please call the Parker Police Department.

Q: What precautions can I take?


  • Remain at home
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Q: What should I do if I think I’m sick?

A: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, first call your healthcare provider or local clinic. For general questions, contact Colorado’s COVID-19 hotline at 303.389.1687 or 1.877.462.2911.

Q: Where can I find assistance?

A: A list of Parker-based, county and state support services and programs can be found online at

Q: How to care for emotional health?


  • Do relaxing or fun activities
  • Move your body/exercise, eat healthy and get enough sleep
  • Check in with family and friends
  • Take breaks from news and social media
  • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline is free and confidential. Call 1.800.985.5990 and press 2 or text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746; En Espanol: "Hablanos" to 66746