Polis takes tour, explains how alternative care site will relieve pressure on hospitals Fort Collins Coloradoan
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response Monday afternoon — the first day the state is under the “safer-at-home” order.
The state’s stay-at-home order expired Sunday. Beginning Monday, some businesses are allowed to gradually reopen, according to plans previously released by Polis. The governor is expected to discuss the new phase and the state’s coronavirus response during a news conference at 2:30 p.m.
On Monday, retailers can begin curbside pick-up and delivery and Realtors can resume in-person showings, but not open houses.
On Friday, retailers and personal services like salons, tattoo shops and pet groomers can reopen with strict guidelines in place, Polis said. Beginning May 4, offices can go back to in-person work at 50% capacity, but only if in-person work is necessary, Polis said. Telecommuting is still highly encouraged.
Elective and non-emergent medical and dental procedures may also resume Monday, according to the state’s guidelines, but Larimer County officials have pushed those openings back to Friday.
While some counties have extended their local stay-home orders, Larimer County has decided to follow the state’s schedule — but they have issued other guidelines in addition to what the state has announced.
Other counties have announced plans to reopen more than what the the state is allowing in this phase, including Weld County. Polis previously said counties not treating this as the emergency that it is risk losing state emergency funding, and businesses opening against the public health order could lose state licenses.
Polis announced Monday morning Colorado and Nevada will join the Western States Pact and work with California, Oregon and Washington to make the best decisions for the states and the region on how to fight the coronavirus.
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