Denver stay-at-home order extended to April 30 to "get us on the other side of this curve"

Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 19:28:55-04

DENVER — Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday extended the city's stay-at-home order and ban on mass gatherings to April 30 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The stay-at-home order was originally set to expire April 11, the same day as the statewide stay-at-home order.

"I know this hasn’t been easy for many, but given the current data and advice from experts about the spread of COVID-19 in our community and across the country, these are the actions that are going to get us on the other side of this curve and protect the health of as many people as possible," Hancock said in a statement on his Facebook page.

The Denver stay-at-home order is in line with the statewide order, prohibiting residents from leaving their homes except for essential activities, such as grocery shopping or outdoor exercise.

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Along with the statewide order and other social distancing measures, such as shutting down dining at bars and restaurants, state officials on reported that the spread of coronavirus in Colorado was slowing, slightly, as a result. Still, officials continued to emphasize the need for more social distancing in an effort to contain the spread.

Hancock said the city has had 6,090 contacts with businesses and residents about compliance with the stay-at-home order and 1,796 warnings have been issues. Fourteen citations have been issued.