Pueblo among counties moving to red status on COVID dial

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 20, 2020

The new level goes into effect Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

Based on metrics previously outlined by the state, many counties should already be under a stay-at-home order.

Since the outbreak began in Colorado, the state has reported 2,299 deaths due to COVID-19, Polis said. Lockdown level is now classified as "Purple".

A new "Level Purple" will be added to the dial Friday in an effort to avoid a full lockdown, officials said.

"We're certainly not being directed to go into Red", he said.

The new restrictions force restaurants to either close or shift to a takeout model and limits offices and gyms to just 10% of their capacity.

Last call is moved from 10 p.m.to 8 p.m.

School districts in level red counties will be encouraged to provide in-person learning for pre-K through fifth grade and hybrid online and in-person learning for middle and high schools.

It remains to be seen whether Summit County will be one of the counties moving into level red. On Tuesday, they learned from the state that they - as well as their counterparts in Garfield and Eagle counties - do not have to adopt the new restrictions. At a special meeting Tuesday evening with state health officials, Garfield County commissioners pushed back on having tighter restrictions, saying the negative impacts on businesses could be devastating. Winter Park is in Grand County, which is at Level Orange.

Level Orange moves most businesses to a maximum of 25% of capacity or 50 people total, whichever number is smaller.

Hancock has not released additional specifics of Denver's move to level four, but the current restrictions according to the state dial are listed below.

At the news conference, Polis also called a special session of the state Legislature targeted at COVID-19 relief.

Summit County has been reflecting data within the previous level red thresholds for some time. That news came during a joint press conference between Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock this afternoon. While Level Red used to be the highest classification, now it's a new Level Purple, which includes the introduction of stay-at-home orders. "They want to let locals make that decision".

"Unfortunately, even as cases have exploded across the country, Congress and the President have not yet passed much needed relief for people", Polis said.

He said residents should not be around anyone outside their immediate household.

"There's only so many beds in the system - ICU and non ICU", Polis said. "It's clear from the data that what we've been doing is not enough".

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