The city of Boulder issued stay-at-home orders Monday, joining Denver in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19. Pitkin County, home to Aspen, has also issued a similar order.
The stay-at-home order issued for Boulder will take effect at 5 PM Tuesday and remain in effect until at least April 10, requiring everyone to stay home.
“Conducing only essential activities necessary to promote health and safety such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies, and getting outdoors only if strict social distancing is observed,” are the only expectations, according to the city of Boulder.
“People need to take social distancing seriously to stop the spread of this virus,” said Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam. “We have asked everyone to maintain at least six feet between individuals and not to gather in groups. Voluntary measures are not enough, and we must enact a stay at home order for everything but the most essential activities if we are to flatten the curve and stop the social spread of COVID-19.”
In the mountain communities, a stay-at-home order issued for Pitkin County took effect immediately on Monday and will continue through April 17. Home to Aspen and Basalt, individuals may only leave their homes to “perform activities related to essential needs such as health, safety, and caring for family members in need.” Events of 10 people or more are also prohibited. Outdoor activities will be allowed as long as social distancing is maintained, keeping a distance of at least six feet between people.
Ski resorts, restaurants, bars, fitness centers, cinemas, nail or hair salons, spas, tattoo, and massage parlors, and all other non-essential businesses have also been shut down across the state. There are some exceptions to the restaurant shutdown, including that restaurants and bars can offer take-out and delivery, including for booze.
There have been 129 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Colorado over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 720. Of these cases, there have been 72 individuals hospitalized and 7 confirmed dead. The virus is found in nearly half of Colorado’s counties, with 31 out of 64 identified.
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