Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Tuesday morning.
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Colorado lawmakers look to extend takeout alcohol option for restaurants
When Colorado lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday, along with debating deep budget cuts and finishing up previous legislation, they will also be looking to introduce some bills to help the state recover from COVID-19. One of the bills Sen. Kevin Priola is planning to introduce will extend an executive order that allows restaurants to sell alcohol to go.
Restaurants, certain bars deemed ready to reopen
Gov. Jared Polis issued guidelines for restaurants and food services Monday to start reopening on May 27. Restaurants across the state can open at 50% of their capacity, without exceeding 50 people. Outdoor seating is encouraged.
Bars will remain closed, and establishments that do not serve food will wait until June for an answer. Still, News5 learned that many bars can reopen, as long as they are licensed to serve food.
Warmer today with a few stray mountain thunderstorms
We're going to have an absolutely gorgeous day out there with sunny and dry skies. Temperatures will feel fantastic today with highs back in the 70s and mid 80s and a bit more of a breeze in the afternoon. Overnight we'll see thicker evening clouds clear out by Wednesday morning with mild overnight temperatures.
Petition asking school districts to start sports practice in June, preventing large gatherings
A local mom reached out to us for help and possible answers after finding hundreds of teenagers crowding a local park during a student-organized football practice. And with some school districts not starting their sports practices in July, she's worried it could happen again. She's asking some school districts to move their sports practice up to earlier in the year, so students can go somewhere safe to play - rather than planning their own gatherings.
Owners of Castle Rock diner sue health departments, Gov. Polis over decision to shut down restaurant
The owners of a Castle Rock restaurant which was closed by the state for defying a standing public health order over Mother’s Day weekend are suing Gov. Jared Polis and other state entities, claiming their constitutional rights were violated. The restaurant garnered national attention after video taken inside the coffee shop by Colorado Community Media showed booths packed, tables filled and a line snaking out the door – despite a standing public health order from the state in effect through May 26.
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