UPDATE: The order has been modified to allow liquor stores and cannabis dispensaries to stay open. Read more here.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday issued a new “stay-at-home” order as the city’s confirmed coronavirus cases top the highest in the state.
The public health order will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and last until April 10, although Hancock said the date could be extended if needed.
“It’s very important that [all] Denver residents comply with this order,” Hancock said. “This isn’t a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home.”
Denverites will still be allowed to go to the grocery store, to the doctor or exercise, but the mayor said gatherings including sports games and picnics are banned.
Denver joins a growing number of states and municipalities that have already issued similar directives.
Hancock’s announcement trails just one day after Gov. Jared Polis ordered non-essential workplaces to reduce workforces by half.
Polis on Monday responded to the mayor’s stay-at-home order:
“Last week, San Miguel issued a stay at home order for non-critical functions and additional isolation measures were also taken in Gunnison, Eagle, and Summit counties. Today the city and county of Denver issued a similar order. I’m strongly in support of these local efforts, and it’s extremely important that just as our state is acting boldly and urgently, that our county health departments are also taking strong actions guided by science, data, and the real-life situation on the ground including taking into account local factors like population density and concentration of Coronavirus cases, to best contain the spread of the virus.”
Once the order is in place, Denver will join a growing number of states and municipalities that have already issued similar directives.
More than 590 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Colorado, and at least six people have died from the disease, according to the state health department. At least 125 cases have been identified in Denver.
States that issued stay-at-home orders: Ohio, Louisiana, Delaware, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Michigan
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