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More COVID-19 restrictions for El Paso County after Election Day

This was confirmed on Friday.
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Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 11:01 AM MDT
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The state of Colorado announced that El Paso County must implement more COVID-19 restrictions on November 4, after Election Day. The county will be moving to Safer at Home Level 2.

This announcement was made on Friday following increases in COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations across the county. The state says there are serious concerns for the near future based on increasing hospitalization rates.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says El Paso County has until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4 to implement these changes.

KEY CHANGES:

- Gyms will now operate at 25% capacity or 50 people, compared to 75 people.

- Restaurants will now be able to only have a maximum of 50 people or up to 100 people if they are seated 6 feet apart.

- Offices and Retail Stores will be required to operate at 50% capacity.

- Bars are to remain closed unless food is served from a retail food licensee with tables spaced at least 6 feet apart.

It is unclear how long these restrictions will be in place for at this time.

Click here for more detailed information on what changes this will bring.

Colorado Springs Mayor Suthers took to Twitter to announce his thoughts on the tighter restrictions.

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