While Governor Polis has been hesitant to issue a statewide ‘stay-at-home’ order, that changed on Wednesday, March 25.
Polis started his press conference with the news that there were “likely thousands” living undiagnosed around the state of Colorado. He continued to issue a ‘stay-at-home’ order for the entire state. It will take effect Thursday, March 26 at 6 AM and last until Saturday, April 11.
The stay-at-home order is meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and provide the time needed time to build-up the needed medical infrastructure.
Polis continued, “Most importantly, we’re issuing the stay-at-home order to save lives.”
Polis then explained that this meant that individuals should only interact with those in their own households, leaving the house only when one needs to for essential tasks. Specific language regarding what these tasks are will be released with the official document.
Restaurants will continuing to have take-out and delivery, though non-essential stores will be closed. Most of these stores have already closed in previous days.
Polis used strong language to stress the importance of following this order: “This order is now the law, temporarily and under extreme circumstances.”
Polis went on to compare the sacrifice of staying home made by today’s Coloradans to those of other great generations, including those that have fought in wars decades ago. He also commended the federal government for stepping up their efforts to take care of the country.
At the time of Polis’ announcement, Colorado officials had confirmed 19 deaths and 1,086 positive cases. He stated that 147 individuals were hospitalized, double that of the previous day.