Colorado moving Denver, other counties to Level Red in latest bid to avoid COVID-19 lockdown |

Colorado moving Denver, other counties to Level Red in latest bid to avoid COVID-19 lockdown

Counties that will be moved to what’s now second-highest level of restrictions not specified

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference in Denver. Colorado has released its distribution plan for when an approved coronavirus vaccine becomes publicly available. The state faced a Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, deadline to submit its plans to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Colorado's plan for distribution is broken down into phases that sets vaccine priority for three groups of people. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Denver and a number of other Colorado counties will be moved to Level Red on a newly revamped version of the state’s color-coded COVID-19 dial, officials announced Tuesday, ushering in tougher new restrictions to curb widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus without going into a full lockdown.

Without identifying them, Gov. Jared Polis estimated 10 to 15 counties will be moved to Level Red, which previously was the highest level and would have triggered a stay-at-home order — but the state has now added an even higher status, Level Purple. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said “we expect to be there.”

“We must act now to save lives,” Polis said during a news conference. “We must act now to avoid a shutdown or lockdown.”

The new restrictions for Denver and the other counties moving to Level Red include an end to indoor dining, although those restaurants can still serve takeout meals, and last call for alcohol will be moved from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The changes for counties moved to Level Red include:

  • Elementary schools are still able to hold in-person classes and middle schools can do either in-person, a hybrid program or remote learning. But it is suggested that high schools go to hybrid or virtual learning, if they haven’t. For colleges and universities it is recommended they go to remote classes.
  • Restaurants can no longer do indoor dining, but they can still do curbside pickup and takeout. They can also do outdoor dining by limiting groups to only members of their households.
  • Last call for alcohol is moved from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. and bars remain closed.

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