Watch live: Gov. Jared Polis to give coronavirus update after relaxing safer-at-home order
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is expected to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Over the weekend, Polis issued an executive order amending the safer-at-home order, extending it to June 1. Polis also released relaxed guidance for restaurants, allowing them to reopen statewide as early as Wednesday as long as they can meet certain requirements.
Summer day camps, private campsites and ski areas can also reopen if they meet state guidelines, according to a state news release.
The state’s announcement of lifting some restrictions for restaurants, day camps, camping and ski areas came two days after Larimer County officials announced the state approved parts of their request for lighter coronavirus restrictions.
In a Tuesday morning news briefing, Colorado state public health officials said current modeling data shows that high levels of social distancing will need to continue through the summer to avoid creating a spike in coronavirus cases and exceeding hospital capacity.
During Tuesday morning’s news briefing, Colorado School of Public Health Dean Jon Samet said to think of the 65% social distancing ask from the state as cutting your usually physical interactions with others by about half.
Data on how different restrictions are impacting hospital capacity lags by about two weeks because, on average, it takes someone 13 days from becoming infected with the coronavirus to need hospitalization, Samet said.
“The models for now say that we are in this for the longer run (and) we’ll need to have maintained social distancing,” Samet said.
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