Colorado Governor Closes Bars Amid Rising Virus Cases

Colorado government Jared PolisJared Schutz Polis Protesters protesting the death of Elijah McClain shut down the Colorado highway Colorado Governor signs a bill approving vaccine exemptions Officials involved in the death of Elijah McClain withdrew from street service ‘ in an effort to protect them ‘MORE (D) announced Tuesday that bars will be closed across the state as Colorado experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The governor said at a press conference that he was modifying his previous executive order to give bars 48 hours to close their doors to service in person, as the state is dealing with an increase in cases among the younger population.

Restaurants are allowed to continue hosting in-person dinners as long as a six-foot social distance between parties is maintained. The state also said that bars can sell alcoholic beverages to go or to go if sold together with food, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

“Whether you personally go to bars or not, just understand that they are important to many people in our state … but there is no way we have found them to be a reasonably safe part of people’s lives during the month of July in our state, ”said Polis.

Polis allowed the reopening of bars at 25 percent capacity or up to 50 people from two weeks ago.

But within two weeks, cases have increased, according to The Denver Post. Colorado has registered a total of 32,715 positive cases of COVID-19, leading to 5,489 hospitalizations and 1,520 deaths, according to state data.

Colorado’s action follows Texas’ decision to close bars and limit the restaurant’s capacity to 50 percent in response to an increase in new cases in the state. Florida also ordered bars to stop serving alcohol on the spot as the state struggles to combat the pandemic.