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WATCH: Gov. Polis issues statewide stay-at-home order until April 11

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DENVER (KRDO) -- Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order that will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday and go until April 11.

Polis spoke to the media Wednesday to provide an update and answer questions in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. See what a stay-at-home order means here. Essential personnel will still be able to go to work, and residents will be able to travel to grocery stores.

The presser comes as almost the entirety of the Denver metroplex is under stay-at-home orders to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As of Wednesday, there were 1,086 positive cases of COVID-19 with 19 deaths across 36 counties.

Watch below:

Polis said the decision was supported by data the state compiled after an order to shut down dining rooms and bars. He said while it did have a positive effect on improving social distancing, it wasn't sufficient enough.

He added that the next priority is for the state to get the hospital beds and ventilators needed for a projected peak of the coronavirus outbreak. The governor said the Army Corps of Engineers is aiding with securing more hospital bed space.

"If we can ease these restrictions sooner, no one would be happier than me to roll off these restrictions earlier and let people return to earning a living and running their businesses and supporting themselves," Polis said. "It’s also possible that it could take longer, and we will make that call based on the real data that we receive up through that date."

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers had been reluctant to issue a similar order across the city, consenting to support the statewide order only if requested by Polis and state health officials.

"What does a stay-at-home order accomplish above and beyond current orders?" he asked during a media briefing Tuesday. "There are a lot of professions that aren't covered. A businessman told me that under the order, he can't sell a car to a customer but that customer can walk across the street and buy marijuana. So what are we doing here?"

City attorneys are studying the governor's order to learn more specifics, but -- for example -- an early determination is that the order includes playgrounds but excludes parks.

On Wednesday, the city began enforcing social distancing at parks amid concerns that too many people were gathering in groups of 11 or more, which violates Polis' initial order issued earlier this month.

The Governor's Office provided the following list of "critical activities" during which you can leave your house:

  • Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open 
  • Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

Read the full order here.

For updated information from the state, click here.

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Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

Comments

18 Comments

  1. Well, this is just a continuation of what we’ve been doing, telecommuting and staying at home unless we need groceries, which is once a week, whether there is TP or not, once a week.

  2. Lmao, you DOGS can follow the orders of jared pole sucking polis, the israeli dual citizen you fools follow. You can take orders from a terrorist, im good.

  3. Funny how he thinks it’s OK to ignore the law and declare sanctuary status for illegals, but expect us to follow his sole edict as the word of god.

    Polis is well known as a dicktaker, now he’s going for dictator.

  4. don’t know why everyone upset…just do what most of us red blooded Americans do when a Dumbocrap gives stupid orders…ignore it…I ignored hickenlooper and I will ignore this child pedophile for a Governor….

  5. This order just means that poor people can not go to work. In other words: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Another reason to make the gay blade a one term governor.

    1. You seem very threatened by the fact our Governor is gay. Why? Struggling with your own sexuality? I imagine your browser history is somewhat off-putting.

        1. twigznberries. Your username is a reference to your genitalia. Again…why all the pinned up self sexual confusion on this strand? Indeed, I am not threatened by a gay governor heeding the recommendations of scientists and doctors. I am, however threatened by a “President” that ignores it. To make it perfectly clear, however, I am not threatened by any of you all. Stay inside Austin Powers.

  6. It seems that Governor Polis Pot has put us all under house arrest until further notice. Please be alert for your notice to report to re-education camp. As an ordained minister of the church of Corvus Coronas I will be exempt from the order as I travel to visit my flock. Of crows.

  7. Its called open your eyes sleep boy. We live in a world where israel has infiltrated our political system, maybe take a moment of your life to see how many US politicians HAPPEN to have dual citizenship to israel. Then look up how many soldiers and people in israel are homos, then look into how much gay propaganda is on your tv. From trannies, to sex changes, to dairies in drag going around schools teaching your kids to twerk. There is an agenda here to desensitize our children, and your ass is right in it. Polis is a disgusting form of a fagget. He isnt just gay, he is friends with human traffickers and rapes children. But your ass wont accept that because youre a sleeping pig

  8. Seems Goel knows a lot about dick taking. All the comments about someones sexual preference, sad that some people are scared to come out of the closet.

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