Published: Mon, November 23, 2020
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Polis announces dial changes, special legislative session targeted at COVID-19 relief

So while 15 counties are going to level red, which means severe risk, Polis has added a new threat level of purple that means extreme risk.

Jared Polis announced changes to the state's COVID-19 dial system Tuesday, Nov. 17, adding a new "level purple", which will be considered the stay-at-home phase of response.

School districts in level red counties will be encouraged to provide in-person learning for pre-K through fifth grade and hybrid online and in-person learning for middle and high schools. He said restrictions will include no indoor dining for restaurants though takeout and outdoor dining will be allowed, 10% capacity for gyms, and child care facilities would remain open.

Go here to see the updated state dial and complete restrictions.

Loveland ski area is in Clear Creek County, which also will be at Level Red.

Polis held a news conference via Facebook Live to make the announcement as well as call a special session in the state Legislature, which is targeted at COVID-19 relief.

Level red also would force restaurants to implement an 8 p.m. last call and only seat customers that are within the same household group, according to a handout given to journalists attending the conference.

"Unfortunately, even as cases have exploded across the country, Congress and the President have not yet passed much needed relief for people", Polis said.

"Every single positive COVID-19 case in Larimer County is a step backwards for the entire community", Gonzales said.

Denver and a number of other Colorado counties will be moved to Level Red on a newly revamped version of the state's color-coded COVID-19 dial, officials announced Tuesday, ushering in tougher new restrictions to curb widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus without going into a full lockdown. "The state is not requiring counties to go to that level". "Do your part, Routt County".

Eagle County has indicated they will move in Orange restrictions, he said later Tuesday. The Red level would last for at least 30 days, while Orange will last until the county meets the metrics associated with the less restrictive Yellow level for 14 consecutive days, he said. Still, Polis urged everyone to stay home whenever possible.

Summit County has been reflecting data within the previous level red thresholds for some time. But Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who was also in attendance, said, "We expect to be there", when asked if Denver will be one of the areas included.

Polis said that with more people in Colorado hospitalized than in March and April, and with "growth that keeps skyrocketing", something had to be done.

"Avoid socializing with others", Polis said. "This is the time to take additional measures ... that data shows will have an impact and avoid more devastating measures".

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