Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Most coronavirus restrictions in Colorado, US, remain unchanged as of July 23. Alcohol sales restricted, protected face coverings required.

  • Alert Begins: 23 Jul 2020 05:21 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 06 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Statewide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Restrictions in force in Colorado as part of the state's effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remain largely unchanged as of July 23, with only minor modifications having been made. On July 21, authorities issued orders restricting liquor sales through at least Aug. 20 . Under the new directive, all establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages must cease doing so at 2200 each day. Moreover, since July 17, all residents over the age of 10 have been required to wear protective face coverings whenever they are at an indoor public location, including on public transport, taxis, or any vehicle providing app-based ride-hailing services.

Authorities have kept the state on phase 2 of its economic recovery plan, under which all residents, especially those 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions, are urged to limit their interactions with people from other households. Residential summer camps are allowed to operate, with up to 10 kids indoors and 25 outdoors. Indoor events, including conferences and museums, are allowed, with up to 100 participants, and outdoor events with up to 175 people. Personal care services, lodging businesses, retail stores, and dine-in services at restaurants may operate. Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor recreation and sports facilities may operate at 25-percent capacity. Office-based businesses may operate at 50-percent capacity. Manufacturing companies can also open in-person services. Bars remain closed since June 30.

Authorities have announced guidelines that would allow some localities to move to phase 3 and further ease restrictions if they meet certain metrics, including a decrease in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and increased hospital capacity. As of July 23, no locality has been certified to move into phase 3. Essential businesses and services, including pharmacies, grocery stores, fuel stations, healthcare facilities, media organizations, and those involved in maintaining essential services and utilities, such as critical manufacturing, security, and transport, have not been subject to mandatory closures.

All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing guidelines, and use protective equipment when necessary. All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home whenever possible.

Officials could reimpose, extend, further relax, or otherwise amend restrictions at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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