A new phase for Colorado? Sorta.
Tomorrow, the statewide Stay-At-Home order will be replaced by a “Safer-At-Home” order. However, if you live in Boulder County (and several other metro area counties), a local Stay-At-Home order will be in place until May 8th.
So what does all of this mean?
Having a local order that differs from what you may be reading or seeing in the statewide news can get confusing, so think of it this way: the statewide Safer-At-Home order is the baseline minimum that all cities and counties must follow, but many of the metro-area counties will have more stringent orders in place due to the regional risk of the virus.
The statewide “Safer-At-Home” order does not mean that life Is returning to normal. We are still asked to maintain social distancing measures, and encouraged to wear face masks when leaving the house. Here are some things we can expect:
- Group gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
- Gyms, nightclubs, and spas will remain closed.
- Some non-urgent medical and dental procedures will be allowed, but strict precautions will need to be maintained.
- Vulnerable populations and older adults will still be required to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
Here in Boulder County, the main thing that will change from what’s been in place for the last month is that more businesses will be offering curbside pickup starting on Monday. Many of the other restrictions will begin to ease up on May 8th.
“The Safer-at-Home phase is not a return to normal. This is merely transitioning to a more sustainable level of social distancing that we are going to have to maintain for the long haul — likely months.”
– Governor Jared Polis
Below, I’ve highlighted some new developments from the state level, the federal level, and the local level. In addition to what is listed below, please follow the state of Colorado’s COVID19 webpage that posts current updates, along with a list of resources.