Colorado governor closes dine-in restaurant service, theaters, casinos for 30 days to fight COVID-19 |

Colorado governor closes dine-in restaurant service, theaters, casinos for 30 days to fight COVID-19

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declares a state of emergency, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the State Capitol building in Denver, as the state gears up to fight the coronavirus. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP)

Gov. Jared Polis ordered bars and restaurants to cease dine-in service and for theaters, casinos and gyms to close statewide on Monday afternoon, ahead of expected St. Patrick’s Day crowds.

The order is for the next 30 days.

“These establishments can remain open but that’s for take-out, delivery and room service,” Polis said of restaurants.

The order/guidance followed an announcement by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock closing eateries, except for delivery and takeout meals, to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Since Denver allow customers to take alcoholic drinks off-premises, it effectively closed all bars. Polis’ order also would exempt to-go meals.

Colorado now has 160 positive coronavirus cases, with 20 people hospitalized, Polis said. “We know that there are likely thousands in Colorado” who have the virus, Polis said.

RIGHT NOW: To save lives and help prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 Coronavirus patients, I’m ordering no dine-in restaurants & bars. Delivery, take-out and drive thru will still be available. Now more than ever it is important that we all do our part to stop the spread in Colorado. #DoingMyPartCO

Posted by Governor Jared Polis on Monday, March 16, 2020

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