The changes to Denver’s safety measures will go into effect immediately.
At a press conference this morning, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that Denver will be moving to Safer at Home Level 3 (High Risk) due to the continuing rise of COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations in the city. This move puts Denver at the second-highest level of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s public health order.
According to the Safer at Home dial, the Level 3 restrictions include:
- All retail, restaurants, and offices will be limited to operate at 25% capacity (instead of the previous 50% capacity). The serving of food and drinks will have to be stopped by 10 pm.
- Indoor events are limited to 25 people as long as social distancing is possible, while outdoor events have a capacity limit of 75 people.
- Recreation centers, gyms, and indoor pools will be closed.
- Public and private gatherings will still be limited to 10 individuals.
These restrictions will go into effect immediately and businesses will have until the end of Wednesday to adjust. The mayor has indicated that the new measures will last a couple of weeks at least. The change will not impact voting centers and people are still encouraged to vote.
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