Aerial of downtown Pueblo. Photo Credit: Jacob Boomsma (iStock).

Aerial of downtown Pueblo. Photo Credit: Jacob Boomsma (iStock).

The City of Pueblo announced on Thursday morning that a city-wide curfew will be put in place that prohibits all non-essential activities from 10 PM to 5 AM, including going to restaurants, bars, and social gatherings in public areas. Critical and essential activities, such as traveling to work, will be allowed. The curfew is set to last for two weeks, starting on Friday.

A rising number of COVID-19 cases was cited as the reason for this change. The county's current two-week cumulative incidence rate is 368 cases per 100,000 residents, which falls above the State-recommended 'Stay-at-home' order threshold. This compares to 66 cases per 100,000 residents on October 1.

"COVID-19 is growing exponentially in the City of Pueblo, and in the State of Colorado," said Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar. "We must re-double our efforts to slow the spread of the virus. We must do everything we can to keep our schools open, and to keep our businesses open."

The mayor then stated that COVID-19 positivity rates in Pueblo County have quadrupled in October. He also stated that COVID-19-related hospitalization rates at the local Parkview Medical Center have tripled.

The mayor then stated that if numbers remain consistent, the county may move to 'stay-at-home' level restrictions. The recommended threshold for this is a two-week cumulative incidence rate of 350 cases or more per 100,000 residents. The mayor continued to mention that a full 'stay-at-home' order is possible if numbers do not decrease by the end of the curfew period on November 13.

Enforcement efforts are also set to be ramped up in Pueblo.

Violators of the curfew will be cited with a class one municipal offense with a possible $1,000 fine and jail for up to a year. Enforcement of COVID-19-related rules at local businesses will also be more prevalent.

"Pueblo, this is a fight for our lives and our livelihood. I'm calling on your to do your part," said the mayor. "I'm asking you to do this for our businesses and schools."

While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked in Colorado in recent days and weeks, a silver-lining can be found in the drop of mortality rate among hospitalized patients – from 15.3 percent in March to 4.1 percent in October.

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(8) comments

TurnoffMainstreamMedia

I thought it made no sense at first when this farce first started that across the country we released a plethora of inmates some with dangerous convictions even. It didn't take me long to realize the real reason for so many being released though. Soon as all these restrictions and orders started coming it became as obvious as it is unacceptable.

So they would have room for anyone who has the common sense & courage to go do actual research, ask questions, Raise Awareness of the truth, point out the conflicting contradictions as well as the people who use critical thinking & try to preserve & exercise their constitutional rights in the face of tryanny.

People need to begin to question and collectively start standing to gather regardless of Polictical, racial or other differences in order to save our rights, livelihoods & our futures before this continues to get anymore dystopian then we have already allowed it to be.

If you still honestly think that the Democratic or Republican parties are truly 2 separate groups who are against one another and one of them is actually going to help the people then my God you have not been actually paying any attention!!! There is only one Polictical party and it's has not and does not have the American people's best interest in mind at all. We do not have a choice!! There is no choice only the illusion that you have a choice between two evil corrupt and sinister groups.

It is so painfully obvious once you can put away your programming and bias is. Stop listening to the main stream propaganda stop listening to lying old men & women. Instead pay attention to their actual actions and results not their lies or hollow promises. Start using your critical thinking faculties.

Think I'm crazy or this sounds ridiculous or having trouble seeing the truth of what I am saying?

If you want insight to honest unbiais and factual information when it comes to politics one of the best sources I've found to date is "The Jimmy Dore show" on YouTube go watch older episodes as well as the current ones maybe that will start to open your eyes to the troubling reality of where we find ourselves. It's a great place to start yet it's far from covering all the issues out there.

ATSF1919

Gradisar will lose his mind when Trump wednesday. What a butt kissing mayor! In covid begining Gradisar P.D. chief Davenport Sherriff Kirk Taylor and D.A. Jeff Chostner all agreed to release inmates from county jail. Now this moron wants to jail people? How bout mediation? Another communist eliteist.

Adeines

So a curfew helps slows the spread how covid only attacks at night and yes cases will rise schools are back in session. Seems to me another way for thid is just another way to be in control of us. Show me where the proof is that people are more likely to get the virus between those hours.

Bubba june

This is so past due! This nonchalant attitude towards the deadly pandemic has to be stridently abated.

grubby2day

I keep hearing all these Trumpists say C19 will go away if Biden wins. I wish it would. What will actually happen is C19 will suddenly be a huge problem constantly reported on Fox Newz (for a change). Can't wait.

goatsmiles

Does the voting places count as essential places???? The timing of very suspicious. Also, are they stopping and ticketing everyone passing through on the two major HWYS? NOT. THIS has nothing to do with COVID. This is political! But what do they hope to gain???

Nephilem

I bet Covid goes away on Nov 4th if Mr Biden wins.

ATSF1919

Exactly

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