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COVID-related labor laws, from vaccine mandates to paid leave, have Colorado employers confused

As another COVID year comes to a close, there’s confusion among employers who are balancing vaccine requirements with labor shortages and trying to keep up with changes to national, state and local labor laws. Some government mandates are facing challenges in court, but other COVID-related policies, like paid sick leave, will continue into 2022. Providing […]

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Is there a Santa shortage or a holiday party boom? In Colorado, there appears to be both.

On an unseasonably warm early December morning, veteran mountain-man entertainer Randall McKinnon rose at his home in the foothills above Fairplay, still feeling the fatigue of an intense, three-hour performance for about 500 eager fans in Silverthorne the night before.  He piled his gear into his car at about 7 a.m. and wound down U.S. […]

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Colorado voters split along party lines on mask and vaccine mandates in schools

Colorado parents are deeply divided on mask and vaccine requirements in schools, with Democrats far more likely to support mandates and Republicans largely opposed. Parents as a whole were almost evenly split, with 50% saying masks should not be required and 48% saying they should, within the survey’s margin of error. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis […]

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Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings as coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Denver area

Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings, Gov. Jared Polis announced on Friday, marking one of the most significant returns to pre-pandemic life.  “We are going from mask-wearing requirements to mask-wearing suggestions and guidance,” Polis said at a news conference. “We have now reached a threshold where not enough people are […]

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One in 8 Americans lives in a community that has lost its local public health department leader during the pandemic.

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Hannah Recht, Michelle R. Smith and Lauren Weber, The Associated Press and KHN Tisha Coleman has lived in close-knit Linn County, Kansas, for 42 years and never felt so alone. As the public health administrator, she’s struggled every day of the coronavirus pandemic to keep her rural county along the Missouri […]

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How mask mandates threw a wrench into Colorado’s revived youth soccer season

The invective arrived fairly regularly in his email box or came buzzing across his phone line, making Nate Shotts a target for animosity over rules governing protective masks at venues  across Colorado. Gubernatorial aide? Health official? Bar or restaurant owner?  Nope. Shotts heads the umbrella organization for the state’s youth soccer clubs. As CEO of […]