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City and County of Denver COVID-19 Response Update

Denver – The City and County of Denver has issued an amended public health order to align with the state’s directive related to public gatherings and additional business closures. 

  • Consistent with current CDC guidelines and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver’s amended public health order now requires that all events and gatherings of more than ten (10) persons shall be canceled or postponed until May 11, 2020. 

  • The city is also aligning with the state’s directive to order the closure of “non-essential personal services,” which includes, but are not limited to, hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors. 

  • The amended order strongly encourages that all people in the City and County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible. The amended order also calls for Denver Metro regional municipalities to follow the broad consensus among public health professionals that every effort should be made, by all persons, to conduct only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being, such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and/or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running, so long as social distancing practices are strictly followed.

“This is not a ‘shelter in place’ order, this is an update to our public health order following the new public health advice we have received over the past several days. People and businesses need to take social distancing seriously to make an impact on the spread of this virus,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The safety of our community is our priority. In a call today with regional mayors and commissioners, I urged regional awareness and coordination to make these steps work, because it can’t just be Denver alone taking this approach. I urge everyone to stay informed, have patience and keep their spirits up as we work to protect all of our residents during this time.”

See attached amended public health order for additional information.

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A Public Health Order is in effect in Denver. This includes a “stay at home” directive for the entire city that will last from March 24 – April 10. Essential activities needed for health and safety are exempt.

We urge everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We know this is a big ask of our residents and businesses, but it is a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our community. The city’s enforcement of the Public Health Order will focus on education and sharing information for both residents and businesses.