Denver closes restaurants, bars for weeks amid COVID-19 outbreak with some exceptions

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has announced that in-house service at all restaurants and bars across the city will be closed starting at 8 AM on Tuesday morning. The closure is set to last through May 11, though this could extend.

There are some exceptions to the widespread closure, as Denver residents will still be able to order food via delivery, carry-out, and drive-through at spots that stay open to serve patrons in this capacity.

“We would not move in this direction if we did not have to,” said Mayor Hancock at an early Monday morning press conference.

The closure has been put in place to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. This follows the closure of ski resorts around the state for the same reason. Whether or not a similar closure will be put in place at a statewide level has not been publicly addressed.

Mayor Hancock also limited public events in Denver to 50 or less.

This is a developing story.

Restaurant closures seem to be the next step many spots around the country are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Varying levels of closures at restaurants and bars have taken place in New York, Ohio, Illinois, California, and a number of other states found here.

RELATED: Here’s where COVID-19 is currently at in Colorado

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