Denver mayor issues stay-at-home order amid coronavirus outbreak
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday issued a “stay-at-home” order for the city, effective 5 p.m. Tuesday through April 10.
“This isn’t a recommendation anymore,” Hancock said at an afternoon news conference. “People need to stay at home … we will enforce when and where necessary.”
Exemptions to the order include people in essential positions that need to travel to work and residents going to the grocery store, gas station, bank or other essential businesses. Outdoor exercise would also be permitted under the order, as long as proper social distancing is taken.
Hancock said high activity in city parks over the weekend, including loosely organized sports and picnics, factored into his decision to take more stringent measures. The order also followed Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement on Sunday, ordering employers to cut in-person workforces at businesses to 50% or less by Tuesday.
Hancock asked residents for voluntary compliance with the order but said the city would “enforce as necessary.”
Polis on Monday said he was “strongly in support” of local stay-at-home efforts, such as the one in Denver and also in San Miguel, Gunnison, Eagle and Summit counties in the high country.