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Latest COVID-19 updates for Colorado: Governor Polis rolls out new safer-at-home guidelines

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 18:32:35-04

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Monday, June 15

3:30 p.m.| Latest COVID-19 updates for Colorado: Governor Polis rolls out new safer-at-home guidelines

Governor Polis announces Colorado has moved to the second phase of safer-at-home guidelines that will be finalized this week in hopes of moving to Protect our Neighbors phase by July.

Polis has announced that Coloradans are moving to the next phase of Safer at Home, and here is what people can expect:

  • Maintaining social and physical distancing
  • Wearing masks
  • Strict cleaning and hygienic practices
  • Maximizing ventilation

While similar to the current safer-at-home guidelines, there are some new additions that the governor announced that will go into effect Thursday, June 18.

Summer camps have been open for a few weeks, but residential camps were not permitted. Residential summer camps will be able to open with ten kids indoors and 25 kids outdoors. Indoor events, such as conferences, receptions, and museums, can begin to reopen in a more sustainable manner. Anyone in attendance will still need to remain six feet apart, but anywhere from 75 to 100 people will be allowed in at a time. Outdoor events and bars will reopen. Bars can allow 25 percent or up to 50 people at a time indoors along with patio seating. Personal treatments, including facials, lip waxing, or beard trimming will be available as long as the worker is properly protected, and non-critical manufacturing facilities can welcome back workers to their facilities.

"We cannot let the good news of summer give us a false sense of security because as we look to the fall, things are going to get more challenging," said Polis.

The governor stresses the importance of still wearing masks, keeping our distance, limiting interactions with others, and staying at home when sick in order to support the health of others in addition to the sustaining the economy and society.

Polis urges the public to take personal responsibility in order to reduce further outbreak or a second wave. Having a strong health care system that is able to combat low virus levels means Coloradans can move towards the Protect our Neighbors phase.

The Protect our Neighbors phase offers expanded reopening, around 50 percent without caps, as long as local outbreaks are managed. Larger gatherings will be allowed, but mass gatherings will still be prohibited.

For more information about the second phase of Safer at Home, click here.

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