Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday spoke about the state’s plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, if any. He held a press conference shortly after Denver officials expanded their tougher mandates and said they would impose new restrictions on public and private gatherings as the city saw an increase in cases.
One health care order requires, in effect, immediate action that people in Denver wear face coatings in all open spaces, with some exceptions. People who are on the street alone or only next to their family do not need to wear a mask on the street. The order also exempts from organized sports such as high school football.
The second order, announced by Denver officials on Friday, reduces the number of people allowed to gather in “unregulated conditions”; from 10 to five. It will run until November 16, according to Mayor Michael Hancock.
Christmas and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, and people need to “do the hard work we need now so we can enjoy the holiday season with our families,” Hancock said.
Bob McDonald of the Denver Department of Health said the new restrictions “will apply to individuals if necessary.”
More than 81,800 coronavirus cases were reported in Colorado, and 1,142 new cases were reported on Thursday, a one-day record for new cases in the state, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On Tuesday, a decision was announced to postpone the return to personal education of students in middle and high schools in Denver Public Schools amid the leaps.