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Colorado casinos will remain closed under new "safer at home" order

26 April 2020

Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a "safer at home" executive order on Sunday that outlines a gradual reopening phase for some businesses that have been closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some retail businesses will be able to re-open slowly, Shelby Wieman, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, confirmed with The Denver Post that casinos are not permitted to reopen under the statewide “safer at home” order that takes effect on Monday. The article said that there is no definitive opening date for casinos and, according to the order, the same goes for restaurants, bars, nightclubs and gyms.

"Together, Coloradans have been effective in leveling and flattening the curve, but life will remain much more dangerous than usual these next few months and we should all wear masks when in public," said Governor Polis. "Safer at Home is by no means a free-for-all. My administration has acted boldly in the face of this pandemic and is focused on ensuring our state can endure on the trail ahead. We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus and must find a way of living that is psychologically and economically sustainable for Coloradans."

Changes happening during Safer at Home will be phased in, with different changes going into effect in three stages:

Monday, 27 April

Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery. Real estate home showings can resume. Voluntary or elective medical, dental, and veterinary surgeries and procedures may resume if facilities are following required safety protocols.

Friday, 1 May

Retail businesses can phase-in a public opening if they are implementing best practices.

Personal services can open if they are implementing best practices.

Monday, 4 May

Offices can reopen at 50% reduced in-person staffing capacity, if best practices are being implemented to protect the health and safety of employees. Businesses are encouraged to allow employees to continue telecommuting at higher levels if possible. Child care facilities can also expand or reopen if they are following Safer at Home requirements.

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