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Gov. Polis released guidelines for restaurants to reopen this week, provided that the establishments follow social distancing rules such as limiting the number of patrons and frequently sanitizing seating areas. There was a gray area as to whether bars and breweries could open under these guidelines as well, as many serve food in addition to drinks, and the guidelines only specify establishments with food and specifically says “All bars must remain closed to in-person patrons (take-out permitted, e.g. beer sales/cocktail kits from a brewery).”

However, Polis stated that bars and breweries that served food could open as well, so long as they follow he same protocol as restaurants.

Polis commented on the contradiction, saying that regardless of their specialty in food or beverage, establishments can reopen to in-house eating and drinking as long as they’re not acting as a “social free-for-all.”

“The key concept is not the food,” Polis said. “Essentially, what we’re talking about is the social environment of these businesses.”

Polis’ press secretary elaborated on this, saying, “Establishments can form partnerships with neighboring restaurants to provide food (like, for example, Carboy in Denver), or can partner with food trucks,” he said. “Light snacks (like bar nuts) or things that are commercially prepared somewhere else and heated up in a microwave on premises (like Hot Pockets) don’t count as food service. Allowing patrons to bring in their own takeout or order food from an app does not count either.”

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.