Colorado Governor Shuts Food Service, Theaters, Casinos For 30 Days To Fight COVID-19

Colorado Governor Jared Polis declares a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the State Capitol building in Denver, as the state prepares to fight the coronavirus. (Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post via AP)

Gov. Jared Polis ordered bars and restaurants to cease food service and shut down theaters, casinos and gymnasiums across the state on Monday afternoon, ahead of the expected St. Patrick’s Day crowds.

The order is for the next 30 days.

“These establishments can stay open, but that’s for take out, delivery and room service,” Polis said of the restaurants.

The order / guidance follows an announcement by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock closing restaurants, except delivery and take-out, in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Since Denver allows customers to take alcoholic beverages off the premises, it has effectively closed all bars. The order of Polis would also exempt take-out meals.

Colorado now has 160 positive cases of the coronavirus, with 20 people hospitalized, Polis said. “We know there are probably thousands in Colorado” who have the virus, Polis said.

RIGHT NOW: To save lives and help prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients with the COVID-19 coronavirus, I am not ordering restaurants and bars. Delivery, take-out and drive will still be available. Now more than ever, it’s important that we all do our part to stop the spread in Colorado. #DoingMyPartCO

posted by Governor Jared Polis Monday March 16, 2020

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