05-22-20 Colorado Governor Polis Takes Action to Prepare for Wildfire Response, Releases Guidance on Civil Rights Protections

Colorado Governor Polis Takes Action to Prepare for Wildfire Response, Releases Guidance on Civil Rights Protections

DENVER – Gov. Polis took action to prepare for the State’s wildfire response and released guidance on civil rights protections.

Gov. Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 072 directing the transfer of funds from the Disaster Emergency Fund to the Wildfire Emergency Response Fund so it has sufficient funds to assist local jurisdictions.

“COVID-19 has strained our first responders as they have mobilized to save lives. As identified in the State’s 2020 Wildfire Preparedness Plan, local fire departments have reduced availability to provide response and assistance outside of their home jurisdiction, and firefighting resources from other states and federal agencies have limited capacity,” the Executive Order reads. 

The administration released guidance to employers and places of public accommodation to ensure equal opportunity employment and to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals, including those with COVID-19, exposure to COVID-19, and symptoms of COVID-19. Read the guidance here.

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