Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the state will not need to extend the stay-at-home order that is set to expire at the end of the week, but long-term social distancing measures will still be necessary.
According to the governor’s office, modeling shows social interactions have been reduced by 75-80% since the stay-at-home order went into effect.
The new “safer at home” phase will start April 27 and includes reduced social interactions, the governor said.
“During this phase Coloradans will no longer be ordered to stay home, but are still strongly encouraged to do so,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “Vulnerable populations and seniors must continue staying home except when absolutely necessary and K-12 school districts and postsecondary institutions will continue to suspend normal in-person instruction until the end of the school year.”
Here's what Polis said in the statement:
“Coloradans in every corner of our state have stepped up and taken responsible steps to help bend the curve of this pandemic and we are grateful for these shared efforts that helped save lives and slow the spread. The deadly virus will continue to be with us, and we must wear masks and socialize less to avoid its rapid growth. For seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, it’s important to stay home whenever possible through May. Though we are moving into a sustainable way of living during this pandemic, there are tough days ahead."