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More than 20 Colorado counties are poised to move to the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions

More than 20 Colorado counties could begin moving into the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday when the state implements the latest version of its COVID-19 dial, according to a Colorado Sun analysis of case and testing data. But the state Health Department late Tuesday added new uncertainty to a proposal first released Friday […]

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An expert panel advises Colorado’s governor on coronavirus. But the group often appears left out of big decisions.

Late last week, a group of some of the state’s foremost experts on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic settled in behind their computer screens for another virtual meeting. The Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee, known by the acronym GEEERC, is made up of people from the worlds of medicine, public health, government […]

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Most Colorado counties will move to lower coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as dial system changes

Fifty of Colorado’s 64 counties will move to lower levels of coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, as the state unveils a new “dial” system that will take into account vaccination rates. The changes mean that restaurants and other businesses will be allowed higher capacity limits in those counties, as will gyms and office spaces. Schools will […]

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Pitkin County, with Colorado’s highest coronavirus incidence rate, is moving to red-level restrictions

With the highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in Colorado, Pitkin County will close indoor dining at restaurants Sunday and move fully into red-level restrictions. Monday’s unanimous decision by the seven members of the Pitkin County Board of Health also includes a 50% capacity limit on lodging in Aspen and Snowmass Village and assurances by Aspen […]

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Colorado governor moves to loosen level-red coronavirus restrictions as cases decline

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis late Wednesday announced that he will loosen coronavirus restrictions in areas across the state that had been forced to ban personal gatherings and shut down indoor dining in recent weeks. The Democrat said he is asking the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to move counties that had been under […]

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Colorado restaurants worry the governor’s latest coronavirus restrictions are the final blow

Palenque Cocina y Agaveria has tried its best to withstand the coronavirus, serving margaritas in a garden patio and carrying smoky bowls of molcajete to its breezy rooftop overlooking downtown Littleton.  Owner Brian Rossi shut down for one week as the first wave of illness hit Colorado, then reopened during the long spring quarantine for […]

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Colorado governor unveils new coronavirus restrictions aimed at preventing lockdowns

Gov. Jared Polis announced new coronavirus restrictions Tuesday aimed — at least temporarily — at preventing about half of Colorado’s counties from being forced into lockdown as COVID-19 sickens more people and fills more hospital beds each day. The new mandates are intended to give counties with a worsening COVID-19 situation another chance to improve […]