Denver mayor issues 'stay at home' order, but the city revises it to leave liquor stores open

Published: Mar. 23, 2020 at 2:16 PM MDT
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The Denver mayor announced a new "stay at home" order on Monday.

The order is set to go in place on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to last until April 10. During the order, the people of Denver are still allowed to go outside, to the grocery store, the pharmacy and can still exercise outside.

"This is not a recommendation," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock stated. "This is an order."

Originally, non-essential businesses were set to be closed including liquor stores and recreational marijuana shops. The city revised the order and added the following exemptions:

-Liquor stores with extreme physical distancing in place will be exempt.

·All marijuana stores with extreme physical distancing in place will be exempt.

·All construction operations and projects will be exempt.

Denver has the most cases in the state when compared to other areas, with 148 positive cases in Denver County as of Monday night.

“Last week, San Miguel issued a stay at home order for non-critical functions and additional isolation measures were also taken in Gunnison, Eagle, and Summit counties," Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement. "Today the city and county of Denver issued a similar order. I’m strongly in support of these local efforts, and it’s extremely important that just as our state is acting boldly and urgently, that our county health departments are also taking strong actions guided by science, data, and the real-life situation on the ground including taking into account local factors like population density and concentration of Coronavirus cases, to best contain the spread of the virus. Thank you to Mayor Hancock and other local leaders making strong moves to reduce the spread of the virus in communities across our state.”

11 News spoke to Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers following Hancock's announcement. He said as of right now he does not plan on locking down the city unless a state order is issued to do so.

"It's a tough balancing act but I think people will appreciate we got to do what we need to do to stem the tide as quickly as we can, we also need to avoid a situation that would put us in in unemployment levels that are unprecedented since the great recession," said Mayor Suthers.

You can watch Mayor Hancock's full announcement below:

Posted by Michael B. Hancock on Monday, March 23, 2020