San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) reminds all businesses, workplaces, and events in La Plata County to complete the self-certification process required as per SJBPH’s public health order #SJBP-20-01, to demonstrate that they are meeting the state-required public health orders to control the spread of COVID-19. Businesses, workplaces and events in Archuleta County are encouraged to complete self-certification.

To date, SJBPH has received 1,180 self-certifications, with 147 of which are restaurants. Click here to see which businesses have self-certified, and here to see which restaurants have self-certified.

Benefits of self-certification:

  • Local businesses that have completed the self-certification have found it to be a useful tool that helped identify strengths and weaknesses of their operational plan for COVID prevention.
  • Self-certification provides a sense of security for employees by demonstrates an employer’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Self-certification allows consumers to inform and protect themselves when patronizing a business/industry.
  • Self-certification increases the rate of disease control throughout the community mitigating disease exposure and potentially allows continued lessening of restrictions.
  • Self-certification provides written documentation of compliance with requirements potentially protecting a business from litigation if an outbreak is connected to a specific business operation.

All La Plata County businesses, workplaces, and events listed in CDPHE Seventh Amended Public Health Order 20-28 are required to self-certify according to SJBPH’s PHO #SJB-20-01. Archuleta County businesses are encouraged to complete a self-certification.  As more industries reopen and expanding operations continue, SJBPH reminds businesses and workplaces to self-certify and then re-self-certify as operations and guidance changes.

SJBPH does not review, approve, or deny disease control plans in advance of self-certification.

SJBPH thanks community members, and local businesses and organizations for taking steps to slow the spread of the virus by following public health orders and guidance. As a result, both Archuleta and La Plata counties have done well in containing the spread of COVID-19 and maintained low case counts.

As part of its commitment to keep the communities it serves safe and healthy, SJBPH reminds everyone to continue to adhere to the following public health guidelines to slow the spread of the virus, especially as the region experiences an influx of visitors from other locations and local businesses begin to lift restrictions.

  • Avoid close contact with others
    • Keep at least 6 feet from other people
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus
  • Wear face coverings when around others
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if unable to wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Monitor your health
    • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

For more information on coronavirus see: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.