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City's COVID-19 Response Update and Stay At Home Order

Stay at Home Order Extended to May 8

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The Order (below) has been updated with the following changes:

  • Liquor stores with extreme physical distancing in place will be exempt.
  • All marijuana stores with extreme physical distancing in place will be exempt.

All construction operations and projects will be exempt.

Denver, CO – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced a new Public Health Order with an explicit stay at home directive for the City and County of Denver that will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and continue until April 11. The Mayor is urging all community residents and businesses to escalate their observance of the previous stay at home guidelines amid the worsening COVID-19 epidemic and said that he expects other cities in the metro area to enact similar orders very shortly.

The order requires that all people in the City & County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible. The 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, continuing the strict observance of physical distancing practices.

“This stay at home order responds to the public health advice we have received as well as ongoing conversations with the Governor and metro mayors,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “People and businesses need to continue to take physical distancing seriously to make an impact on the spread of this virus. Frankly, voluntary ‘distancing’ is simply not enough.”

See the attached public health order for additional information, including a full list of exceptions.

In other news from the city’s ongoing public health response to the COVID-19 epidemic:

  • A Business Task Force comprised of the city’s key economic and financial professionals is gathering rapidly evolving data on the impacts of the epidemic on businesses and employers, along with fast-tracking the development of cash assistance and other tools;
  • Exceeding the Governor’s request that Colorado businesses maintain no more than 50% of their workforce onsite to ensure essential operations, the City & County of Denver reports that nearly 80% of its employees are working remotely; and
  • Denver is actively procuring supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and is assessing current inventory.
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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 – May 8. 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.