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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is expected to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response Wednesday afternoon.
Polis is expected to address reporters at 1:30 p.m., and his news conference will be live streamed on the governor’s Facebook page. Polis announced Monday the stay-at-home order will lift as planned on April 27, allowing more businesses to open following strict precautions.
Coloradans achieved about 75-80% social distancing during the stay-at-home order, which Polis deemed a success during Monday’s news conference. During the next phase, dubbed “safer-at-home,” the goal will be to maintain about 60-65% social distancing.
Vulnerable groups will continue to shelter in place, gatherings will be limited to less than 10 people and wearing masks in public will remain a recommendation, Polis said Monday.
Relaxing social distancing will allow some businesses to reopen under strict guidelines, Polis said Monday. Though those guidelines have not yet been released by the state, Polis did say what businesses he expected to reopen and what would remain closed:
- Schools will remain closed.
- Bars and restaurants will not immediately reopen, but Polis said they are working on guidelines to allow them to reopen in some capacity hopefully by mid-May.
- Personal services — hair and nail salons, dog groomers, personal training, tattoo parlors —can reopen with strict guidelines in place.
- Retail can open for curbside April 27, with phased-in opening for in-person operations beginning May 1.
- Hospitals can resume elective surgeries.
- Businesses should encourage telecommuting to the maximum extent possible. Businesses that need an in-person workforce may do so at 50% capacity, with social distancing and mask wearing. Polis said he would recommend this begins May 4.
- Large businesses and factories are encouraged to do temperature checks of their employees.
- No open houses, but showings are allowed.
- Gyms will not be reopening at this time, but they are considering allowing personal trainers in one-on-one settings.
A spokesperson for the governor’s office said more information on how these businesses will be asked to reopen will be provided in the coming days before the stay-at-home order expires April 26.
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