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State moving El Paso County to Level Red COVID-19 restrictions

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- After announcing a change to the state's COVID-19 dial system for guidelines, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says El Paso County is moving to Level Red guidelines this Friday.

Gov. Jared Polis announced the changes to the dial system last week. Under Level Red, restaurants have to close indoor dining, and many other businesses have to reduce capacities.

CDPHE says the move from Level Orange to Red is because of the high levels of COVID-19 transmission, positivity rate, and hospitalizations. As of Sunday, the two-week incidence rate was 1160.7.

The move takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday. El Paso County joins over a dozen other counties in Colorado who have been moved to Level Red restrictions because of COVID-19 transmission increases. No county has been moved to a Stay At Home order yet.

"The numbers are very problematic and they just keep going up," Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said.

Under Level Red guidelines, personal gatherings involving members from multiple households aren't allowed. Restaurants are limited to outdoor dining, gyms are limited to 10% capacity, bars are closed and last call at other establishments serving alcohol is set at 8 p.m., personal services are limited to 25% capacity, retail is limited to 50% capacity, places of worship are limited to 25% capacity, and outdoor events are limited to 25% capacity. Schools can remain open, but they're encouraged to go to hybrid or remote learning as appropriate.

Click here to see a full list of guidelines by color levels in Colorado.

Mayor Suthers said that he's concerned the restrictions aren't "well designed" turn the numbers around, and he fears that those who would normally eat at a restaurant will go against the public health orders and host informal gatherings instead.

"People have got to suck it up and do what they need to do in their own lives to turn this thing around," Suthers said.

The mayor said he hopes the state and federal government considers approving additional COVID-19 relief money for small businesses amid stricter guidelines.

It's not clear how long El Paso County will be in Level Red status for COVID-19 restrictions.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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17 Comments

  1. Great now there will be more restaurants and bars closing . democrat states are going to bring the usa to war

    1. yea? you think this’ll be the straw that breaks that camel’s back? People are going to put their lives on the line because they can’t go to restaurants and bars anymore?

      that’s pretty pussy’ish…

      1. It’s quite obvious you know nothing of American History with your ignorant comment! If I have to tell you you need to move to N. Korea.

    2. “personal gatherings involving members from multiple households aren’t allowed”

      Really? I see a lot of middle fingers in the air directed at our flabby Governor for expecting that mandate to be followed.

      How about making available medical grade face masks that actually block the virus from going through them?? That would make too much sense, easier for the politicians to blame we the people for their gross incompetence than accept responsibility.

      Lets give a high one finger salute to all the politicians no matter their political affiliation, not just for the mishandling of the pandemic but also for their mishandling of America in general.

      1. On point regarding the masks and the politicians. Our Government could do a lot better, but why are they not trying.

        T-shirt material masks are not N-95 masks and yet our American Corporations knew this just like the people did when the news began about masks talk began from the scientists. It’s almost as if Corporate America had seen the OSHA required PPE and knew this would cost more money to take care of their personnel than simply creating the appearance of doing the OSHA requirements and settled on “Kinda caring”. Corporate America stopped caring for their most valuable asset long ago, and their most valuable asset is their employees.

  2. Repub states are putting restrictions in as well Nothing to do with politics, only stupid people who can’t follow recommended safety precautions Also absolutely no help from the feds on anything

        1. Good one. “Nancy boy”? When were you born? 1943?

          If there’s one bright spot in all of this, it’s that your generation is dying out.

  3. I see masks wherever I go on the North Side. The zipcodes on the south side have by far the largest amount of cases. Polis is in charge of enforcing laws in this state, not the Feds. Check the constitution. Anything not included in the constitution is governed by the states. Colorado has to take care of the issue, not the federal government.

  4. It’s pretty sad the people only care about themselves and not about others, but yet some will scream so much about God. Some of county commissioners are losers. It is sad that some businesses will suffer, but the small businesses should receive the help not cooperate America.

  5. You can’t have friends at your house or sit in a restaurant for an hour, but schools can remain open. Genius.

    1. We don’t have kids in school and rarely sat in restaurants before this started; But we’re having a gathering of several families in our home Thurs, Fri, and Saturday. Polis can KMA and we’ll do as we please regardless of what he decrees.

  6. “It’s not clear how long El Paso County will be in Level Red status for COVID-19 restrictions.”

    Until we either “slow the spread” and go back to orange, yellow, blue or green, or we have a couple of months where our numbers show we should be in purple and finally are placed in that zone, or the vaccine is readily available to everyone.

    All of these possibilities still have the same outcome though if our government doesn’t follow their own guidelines.

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