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How to report Colorado Springs businesses suspected of violating public health orders

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- We hear from viewers every day about their concerns regarding non-essential businesses that remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're concerned a business near you is violating a public health order, there are discrete steps you can take. Mayor John Suthers described the process in a press conference Wednesday:

  1. Contact the El Paso County Health Department at 719-578-3167 if you believe a non-essential business is operating in violation of a public health order.
  2. The health department will then contact that business to hear that business's argument as to why it qualifies for an exemption.
  3. If the health department determines the business does not qualify for an exemption, the business will be advised to voluntarily close.
  4. If the business refuses to voluntarily close, then they'll be issued a written letter from the health department directing them to close.
  5. If the business still refuses to close, then they'll be issued a legal summons complaint charging them with violation of a health department order.

As a reminder, here is a complete list of 'critical businesses' that are exempt from the Governor's stay-at-home order.

"I would ask people not to contact the police department," said Suthers. "Particularly, obviously 911 is not the place to call if you see a couple of teenagers playing basketball in a park or something like that."

Regarding those social distancing violations, Suthers explained that parks are being patrolled.

"We do have park rangers and we do have police officers that would otherwise be assigned as school resource officers who are patrolling the parks and asking people to social distance and to make sure we don't have competitive sports [games] and things like that," he said.

Suthers' appeal against contacting police about violators doesn't jibe with what the Colorado Attorney General's Office told KRDO NewsChannel 13 on Thursday, saying that county health departments and local law enforcement agencies should be contacted fist, and the attorney general's office should be contacted only as a last resort.

Penalties for violating the governor's public health order include a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and revocation of a business license.

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  1. If you know anyone in the resistance, please tell the authorities immediately. You will be able to remain anonymous. Again, if you know anyone in the resistance, please inform authorities immediately.

    1. Lmao, i refuse to close my business. I resist all the lies you’re so easily eating up. Fuck the “authorities” , maybe you like being owned and controlled like a bitch, but im part of the america ready to split and fight in the streets. And people like me are growing more and more each day soy boy

      1. There are so many grammatical errors in tojob’s post that it is indecipherable. I’m sure your business isn’t a business. It’s often referred to as, “The world’s oldest profession.”

  2. Thank you KRDO. I had to get certified letters for my employees showing they are deemed critical because now there are a lot of people asking dumb questions and reporting critical infrastructure maintenance and service people. We could stay home but you would not like it…….

    1. KRDO, or CNN-lite, thinks they know what’s best for everyone in a true leftist authoritarian wet dream.

      The pushback against them will be GLORIOUS to watch.

  3. At a neighborhood park today I saw a worker taking out the tables. 😔
    The times we live in.

  4. KRDO….I saw some of the resistance on my street today. They were all about 5’5″ to 5’10”, they were white, black, and asian. Approximate age about 10-12 years old. They were out having fun, deliberately defying the government order. Please tell someone, before it’s to late.

  5. All across the country, including Colorado Springs, no one is wearing a mask. Citizens refuse to look at history or listen to doctors who work and live in countries where viruses have threatened people before and even now. The local news even passed on false information that wearing masks isn’t a responsibility or a help to them. I wish my countrymen and women were not so gullible and ignorant. Soon they will be faced with the reality that wisdom and knowledge can be found in all countries. Pride definitely goes before a fall.

    1. Umm we are supposed to save the masks for the healthcare providers who desperately need them. Plus many of the “cough” masks are useless and can actually attract the virus if it is airborne if worn for a long period of time. They are a short term use protective layer and should not be worn all day. Everyone wearing masks is not the solution.

  6. KRDO is all about freedom..their freedom to encourage snitch culture, dumb down the population, and support the police state. Good job comrade.

  7. Oh no, krdo i seen the dick in your ass store still open. Better hurry and report it

  8. Anyone who has had to go shopping, or some other places, like work, knows there is no safe seperation distance in legally open stores and no one is required to wear a mask. Anyone can easily pick up the virus, bring it home or spread to others elsewhere they may go, the cycle of individuals exposure and spreading continues.


    We are kidding ourselfs following medical professional protocols that are very flawed.

    The only real way of protecting oneself is to stay totally isolated from others and not many can accomplish that.

  9. Illegal invaders are a economic burden America can no longer bear, millions have to be deported.

    Know of a illegal invader report the illegal invader to ICE:

    (866) 347-2423

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