Coronavirus: Colorado Gov. Polis to issue executive order update as stay-at-home order expires

Gov. Jared Polis will issue an executive order by 5 p.m. Sunday that will detail how Colorado will operate after the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order expires at midnight.

Polis will then hold a press conference Monday at 1:30 p.m. to further discuss the new guidelines, spokesman Conor Cahill said in a statement Sunday. He said a draft of the executive order was shared with “thousands of stakeholders” on Friday. He did not immediately return a request for the draft to be shared with The Denver Post.

The governor has in the past week said reopening the state will happen slowly, in phases, to try to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 cases. He’s dubbed the next phase “safer at home” and said it will be far from a return to normal life.

Details on exactly which businesses and activities will be allowed and what will be prohibited have been limited, but Polis has offered some expectations in news conferences.

He said he expects that retailers will be allowed to open for curbside pickup on Monday, and that retailers can open to in-store customers on May 1, as long as they follow social distancing practices. Bars and restaurants will initially stay closed except for takeout and delivery. Nightclubs, gyms and spas will also stay shuttered.

And while the statewide stay-at-home order is expiring Sunday night, many localities have their own orders that will keep restrictions in place. Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Boulder counties, as well as Denver, have all extended their local stay-at-home orders through May 8.

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