Polis Closes Bars Again After Uptick in Coronavirus Cases
After restrictions were lifted two weeks ago allowing in-person service to bars and nightclubs, Polis has reversed this decision as of yesterday due to a a slight uptick in coronavirus cases in Colorado. This comes after many states have had record-breaking numbers of new cases.
Polis noted the surges neighboring states are experiencing. He said he does not want Colorado to “become a mecca” for people visiting bars. “We don’t want to stand out,” he said.
“There is not a way that we have found for them to be a reasonably safe part of people’s lives during the month of July, in our state.”
“Having bars and nightlife in an unsustainable way is too big of a risk in Colorado,” he said. “It’s too big a risk of schools being too unsafe to return to, it’s too big a risk of having to close gyms and pools.”
The new restrictions will go into place within 48-hours so as to discourage frequenting bars in time for the 4th of July.