Colorado’s reopening to begin, but Gov. Polis says social distancing to stay |

Colorado’s reopening to begin, but Gov. Polis says social distancing to stay

Jesse Paul
Colorado Sun
Colorado Governor Jared Polis puts on his face mask after a news conference to update the state's efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Gov. Jared Polis on Sunday evening issued a six-page executive order outlining Colorado’s new “safer at home” phase of the coronavirus crisis as he begins to gradually ease restrictions on people’s movement starting Monday. 

The directive was issued just hours before his statewide stay-at-home mandate expired Sunday at midnight. “Together, Coloradans have been effective in leveling and flattening the curve, but life will remain much more dangerous than usual these next few months and we should all wear masks when in public,” the governor said in a written statement Sunday evening. “Safer-at-home is by no means a free-for-all.”

The safer-at-home order is tentatively set to expire on May 27, but can be extended or amended at any time.

Under order, Coloradans will not be able to recreate beyond 10 miles from their homes and are prohibited from gathering in groups of 10 or more people. 

Some of the other big highlights include: 

  • Curbside retail sales can begin Monday. Real estate showings — but not open houses — can resume. 
  • Voluntary or elective medical, dental and veterinary surgeries and procedures may resume Monday if facilities are following required safety protocols. 
  • On May 1, retail stores can reopen for in-person shopping. Personal services businesses, like barbershops, salons, personal trainers and tattoo parlors, can reopen as well. All businesses must follow strict social distancing measures. 
  • On May 4, offices can reopen with up to 50% of their workforce as long as they are following strict social distancing measures. Telecommuting is strongly encouraged whenever possible. 

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