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Colorado City and County officials will have more control over COVID-19 restrictions starting in mid-April

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Starting April 16th, Colorado Springs City and County officials will be able to decide how to handle COVID-19 restrictions.

Governor Jared Polis said this week, the state will loosen its oversight for Cities and Counties. Meaning local elected officials will be able to decide capacity levels for businesses and also if people still need to wear masks when entering stores.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told KRDO on Tuesday he had a conversation with Governor Polis about how the state will give power back to local leaders. Suthers says on April 16, the current COVID-19 dial will not be mandated anymore, so any restrictions would have to come from elected leaders. Suthers says he has no intention of placing a City-wide ordinance that would require people to wear masks or restrict business capacity.

“I’ve always been disinclined to impose any local regulation over and above the state regulations and I continue to be of that mind," said Suthers.

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners also say they will not implement a mask mandate telling us in a statement, "The Board of County Commissioners will NOT request the local public health agency to impose further restrictions, including mask mandates. We encourage the Governor to consider near-term and extensive return to local control." 

While restrictions will be lifted, private businesses will still be able to implement their own restrictions.

However, Mayor Suthers says the state will have some control in regards to restrictions. Specifically large group gathering of 500 people or more. “So if the Broadmoor wanted to have a crowd of a thousand they could go to [the] health department and get authorization for that,” Suthers says.

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Local News

Chase Golightly

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  1. ColoFornia Springs City Council can never be trusted to make intelligent decisions that will be best for the city. They are puppets who do not represent “We the People”.

  2. Headline: “Colorado City and County officials will have more control…”
    Hey KRDO, there is a big difference between Colorado City, a town 20 miles south of Pueblo, and Colorado Springs, a city in El Paso County.

  3. That city council needs to be removed and that little man mayor should never be in office. The leaders of that city are a joke. Be safe to those that live there.

  4. Governor Polis giving his unsubstantiated advice again? Political theater once more…all lies…all control and you…yes you elected them. Now you get to pay the pauper. Keep wearing that face diaper…keep hiding and spouting non-truths. The government should have never been involved in medical science or our lives for that matter. I am going to live…love…enjoy and be in control of my own freedoms offered from the Constitution to us as Americans and I will do that to the death and I can guarantee it will not be the Wuhan virus.You don’t want me in your business because I’m not wearing a mask? You don’t get my business. And WhoDatBe…keep fighting the good fight! “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. Here is a saying from Nyona Matende: “Only fools and liars claim to know everything because the fool thinks all he knows is everything and the liar knows there is no sufficient DATA to know everything” If the shoe fits…

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