The unrelenting spread of the coronavirus has turned the bustling Mile High City into something of a ghost town. Home to nearly 2.9 million residents, Denver has grown quiet with many streets appearing empty on the first day of a statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jared Polis.
The Denver Police Department turned to Twitter to congratulate locals on staying home in the fight against coronavirus. In the tweet, showing several deserted city streets, the police told Denverites, “You do us proud, Denver!”
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 26, 2020
In another tweet, the City and County of Denver explain that officers will not be actively pulling people over and questioning them for travel destinations during the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jared Polis until April 11.
We are not actively pulling people over to question their travel destination. If there is probable cause to pull someone over for a traffic infraction or other offense, that person may be asked about the reason for their travel. Simply explain your travel purpose to the officer. pic.twitter.com/Bs8v37vEMx
— City and County of Denver (@CityofDenver) March 26, 2020
The order is not to bring panic. It’s meant to keep the 5.7 million residents of Colorado safe by staying home and restricting all non-essential travel during the viral outbreak that continues to spread.
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