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Gov. Polis extends last call to 11 p.m. starting Saturday

This was announced Friday.
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Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 12:41 PM MDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2020 at 7:24 PM MDT
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DENVER, Colo. (KKTV) - Gov. Jared Polis announced on Friday that “last call” will be extended by one hour to 11 p.m.

For the last 30 days, last call in Colorado for alcohol was 10 p.m. to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Polis says he did it because of the state’s increase in cases among 20-somethings.

Since then, Polis says the data has shown fewer positive cases overall. So he wanted to give businesses some breathing room.

“We’re glad to be in a situation that we are able to announce the last call is moved to 11 o’clock, rather than 10 o’clock,” Polis said in press conference on Friday. “I am hopeful that if the data continues to show the trend we have … I am very hopeful that within a month that can then go to midnight. You know, it’s a data-driven process.”

Businesses like Streetcar 520 in downtown Colorado Springs told 11 News this is just another thing to adjust to, but they are happy to do it.

“I mean, we are just like anybody else in the industry we are all trying to do our best to move forward and not go backwards. Keep all the safety protocols in place,” owner Ari Howard said.

Howard adds they haven’t been hit as hard as bars, but now they get to experiment with staying open later on weekends.

The new “last call” order goes into effect Saturday. Liquor stores can still sell alcohol until midnight.

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