Bars ordered to re-close sit-down services following COVID-19 increase

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Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020
by Derek Draplin | The Center Square

(The Center Square) -- Bars in Colorado must re-close sit-down services following an increase in COVID-19 cases, Governor Jared Polis announced Tuesday.

Polis cited significant COVID-19 spikes in border states like Arizona and Utah that he said are attributable to nightlife. The governor's order also includes the closure of nightclubs.

"We are experiencing a slight uptick the last two weeks," he said Tuesday, noting nine of the last 14 days have seen increased COVID-19 case numbers.

Bars will still be allowed to offer takeout, delivery and alcohol to-go services, the governor said. Bars that additionally operate as restaurants by offering food can still offer in-person service as long as social distancing measures are maintained. 

"Our country, and the world, has not yet figured out, in a pandemic, how to do bars and nightclubs safely," Polis said, adding that as neighboring states re-close bars there is concern people from out-of-state would flock to Colorado bars.

Despite the uptick, the governor said Coloradans have done a good job with wearing face coverings, unlike some in other states.

Bars, along with restaurants in the state, first closed to dine-in service on March 16, and were allowed to reopen to limited dine-in services on May 28. may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.

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