DENVER, CO – Gov. Jared Polis announced new statewide public health guidelines Monday that will allow some services to reopen. The governor said the more-relaxed guidelines are a result of Coloradans’ dedication to wearing masks and practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
New Colorado guidelines
“12 of the last 14 days have had a downward trend in cases,” Polis said during a news conference Monday. “So far, Coloradans have done a great job.”
“We see that some of our neighboring states are moving the wrong way, such as Utah.”
The “Safer at Home: New Guidelines,” aims to be more sustainable for the economy than previous guidelines, the governor said. The state aims to move to the “Protect our Neighbors” phase by July.
Under the Safer at Home: New Guidelines phase, counties that have seen a downward trend of cases and that prove they have a solid plan for combating the virus can apply to expand some services.
Protect our Neighbors guidelines:
- Indoor events (conferences, receptions, museums) can begin to open
- Outdoor events (concerts, fairs rodeos, receptions) can also begin to open
- Residential overnight summer camps will be able to open with 10 kids together indoors and 25 kids outdoors
- Bars will be able to open at 25 percent or up to 50 people
- Personal services will be able to expand to include things such as facials, beard trimming, lip waxing, etc.
- Non-critical manufacturing facilities can expand their in-person workforce
The new rules are set to take effect Thursday after they’ve been finalized, Polis said.