COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Polis Issues Statewide Closure of Dine-In at Restaurants & Bars March 17,2020

Update, March 20: Governor Polis issued an amended order on March 17 to extend the dine-in closure until April 30, 2020. The order also clarified that hotel restaurants and bars are not exempt from this closure, but can continue to provide room service. This order also explicitly excludes alcohol from being consumed on premise. 

Original Item: Governor Polis announced today that the State is closing restaurants and bars to dine-in statewide. Delivery, take-out, and drive-through service will still be allowed. This measure takes effect immediately, and the State will begin enforcing it at 8 a.m., March 17. It remains in place for 30 days - through April 17. This comes on the heels of Denver's closure order, which has the same stipulations and is effective from March 17 at 8 a.m. through May 11.

The Public Health Order closes:

  • Brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, public bars, taverns, restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, cigar bars, gyms, gymnasiums, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus
  • Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls
  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption
  • Casinos
These places are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service.

The restrictions imposed by this order do not apply to any of the following:
  • Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, room service in hotels, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities; crisis shelters or similar institutions; food courts inside the secured zones of airports; and any emergency facilities necessary for the response to these events.

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