Colorado Extends Bar & Restaurant Closures, Suspends Nonessential Medical Procedures Including Dental & Veterinary
Governor Polis in an effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus in Colorado has ordered the suspension of all nonessential surgeries and has also ordered the additional closure of all nonessential businesses.
On Thursday Governor Polis signed an order which suspended all nonessential surgeries from March 23 – April 14. For rural hospitals and critical care facilities the order to cancel all nonessential surgeries is indefinite.
The order also includes all nonessential surgeries for dental and veterinary clinics as well.
“As a state, we are looking at all possible solutions to ensure we are protecting the health and safety of Coloradans and minimizing the duration of the crisis. This is a coordinated effort with all state agencies and community partners to utilize every resource available during this difficult time to reduce the severity and duration of the crisis. Together, we will get through this.”
– Governor Polis
In addition to cancelling all nonessential surgeries Governor Polis has ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses including nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage parlors, and hair salons until at least April 30.
The order also extends the closure of restaurants until April 30 as well, but takeout and delivery are still allowed. Gyms, theaters, bars and casinos will also be ordered to remain closed until April 30.
Governor Polis also created a special enrollment period to acquire health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado from March 20 – April 3.
“Many people are unaware that they are eligible for financial assistance to help lower their premiums. We encourage everyone who is uninsured to use this opportunity to visit Connect for Health Colorado, check what assistance they may be eligible for, and enroll in coverage.”
– Michael Conway, Colorado Insurance Commissioner.
Governor Polis also stated that additional restrictions might be imposed including a shelter in place for some or all counties of Colorado.
As of Thursday afternoon there are 277 cases of coronavirus in Colorado and there have been 4 fatalities