DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a “stay at home” order during a news conference on Monday afternoon. The order is to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Colorado.

Hancock said part of the reason is because of the lack of testing.

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“Our challenge is that Denver is the population center in the state and we have the highest number of positive cases in the state,” said Hancock.

The stay at home order will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and stay in effect until April 10.

Hancock said that over the weekend he saw people playing games in the park or having a picnic and that those activities will no longer be allowed under the stay at home order.

LINK: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock “Stay At Home” Order

“Cities and regions that have acted quickly have had better results,” said Hancock. “With Denver being the most densest part of the state, it makes sense that we would take this bold move.”

This comes amid a series of measures to keep COVID-19 from spreading, including school closings, business closings including bars and restaurants, and an executive order from Gov. Jared Polis prohibiting large groups of people totaling 50 or more.

“People and businesses need to take physical distancing seriously in order for this to work,” said Hancock.

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“If you are sick, stay home. If you are not sick, stay home,” said Hancock.

He also reiterated the need for blood donations and how difficult it can be to stay at home.

“This order is no means a change in the attitude or belief that we should panic buy,” said Hancock. “You can go to the grocery store and buy what you need and then return home.”

“We’re going to get to the other side of this,” said Hancock. “We can get there faster if everyone stays home.”

Hancock asked for voluntary compliance and urged residents to stay home.

That means that businesses that are not considered essential are being encouraged to close until April 10.

The parks will stay open but people are encouraged to practice physical distancing while at the park. That means that people can walk their dogs but are discouraged from participating in organized activities with others.

Hancock said residents can find a complete list of exceptions in the order or at DenverGov.org.

Comments (9)
  1. Melissa says:

    Who appointed him dictator? Ever hear of the 1st Amendment? Read it!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ObjectivistAtheists/permalink/2899946133396475/

    1. John says:

      I too am a fan of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. Maybe it needs to be softened a little, but overall I agree with it’s philosophy. I think her ‘Atlas’ may just be shrugging.
      Maybe it’s time to reread her ‘Atlas shrugged’ and ‘The Fountainhead’! 70 years later and it still has much to teach. Humanity has become soft and weak, and nature has a harsh way of correcting that problem. How much of our limited resorces and capacity should be spent to save a life. Like it or not there is a limit. $100,000, $1,000,000, $1,000,000,000 per person? Pick your limit, but there is a limit! Life has no guarantees and politicians cannot legislate it. Let’s take our medicine and those left will at least have a life to get back to!

  2. John says:

    Let’s see… So far 19,000 death worldwide for the coronavirus while the flu kills 500,000 world wide each and every year. The flu season is 3/4 over and hopefully this will die down in another month or two. That is more than 25 to 1 making the flu much more deadly in total deaths worldwide. Add in the colapse of the worlds economies, the starvation, fighting, possible wars and who knows how many years to recover economically, and who knows what other unintended consequenses like the elderly survivors eating cat food for the rest of their lives because they lost everything in this mess.
    That which doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. This is a natural culling of the human herd that will in the end make humanity stronger.
    But it’s all worth it as long as the press gets a good story to feed, and to feed on!

  3. Johann N says:

    This is dangerous. Alcoholics who suddenly stop drinking can die.

  4. John B says:

    So, you can still go into home depot and lowes, and so many other giant stores with large volume of people going everyday. And you can still go to a restaurant and get takeout where lots of people are going to everyday. But you can’t do curbside takeout liquor or pot from small shops, that makes zero sense. The economy is already hurting, this will only hurt it more while doing little to nothing to stop the spread…

    1. John B says:

      Also, do you know what is happening all over the city right now? 1000s of people heading for pots and liquor stores to stock up, cramming into tiny shops to stock up. This is the opposite of what you want in a pandemic. This decision might actually kill more people than save. Well done!

  5. Dale Bonavita says:

    Tell Lowe’s Home Improvement to either shut down or practice social distancing! Their employees don’t wear gloves, they don’t wipe down carts, or machines after people pay. They are spreading this virus! Shut them down!

    1. samavallone says:

      Just shooting from the hip here Dale, kind of a wild idea, but if you’re concerned about Lowe’s safety precautions then maybe a better solution would be for you to not shop there. I don’t know, call me crazy :/

  6. Joe Bloe says:

    I wonder if he will still go visit the brothel.

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