Denver extends stay-at-home order to April 30

Order was set to expire on April 11; state's order still not extended

Ellis Arnold
earnold@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/6/20

Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the City of Denver's stay-at-home order is extended until April 30, according to an April 6 news release. The order — which allows residents to leave home for …

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Denver extends stay-at-home order to April 30

Order was set to expire on April 11; state's order still not extended

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the City of Denver’s stay-at-home order is extended until April 30, according to an April 6 news release.

It went into effect March 24 and was set to expire on April 11, according to another city news release.

The city’s order was initially similar to Colorado’s statewide stay-at-home order, which went into effect March 26 and lasts through April 11. To avoid confusion, Denver amended its order by adopting the state’s order in its entirety, according to a March 27 city news release.

Under the state’s order, Coloradans must stay home except to leave for essential activities, such as shopping for groceries, exercising outdoors, or caring for a family member or vulnerable person in another household.

Employees in “critical businesses” may still go to work. That includes a long list of industries such as grocery and liquor stores, restaurants and bars for delivery and take-out, health care, infrastructure, banks, agriculture, food banks and many more.

Gov. Jared Polis has said it's “very unlikely” that the state’s order will end by April 11.

Hancock thanked Denver residents who are staying at home, the news release said.

“I know this isn't easy, but given the current data and advice from experts about the spread of COVID-19, these are the actions that will get us on the other side of this curve and protect our health,” Hancock said in a tweet.

With the extension of the order, the city will conduct additional outreach and enforcement, the release said. As of April 6, according to the release, Denver has had:  

• 6,090 contacts with businesses and residents about compliance with the stay-at-home order.

• 1,796 warnings issued.

• 14 citations issued.

The city will begin posting its daily Emergency Operations Situational Report to www.denvergov.org.

Denver required that all events and gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled or postponed until May 11, according to a March 20 city news release.

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