Last Updated 4:33pm MDT, 10/23/2020

Overview

Colorado is seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates and that prompted new limits for Denver gatherings as the state works through a plan to distribute a vaccine.

Social Distancing

In what was called a victory for religious freedom, a federal court judge’s decision means congregants at Colorado churches will no longer be required to wear masks or limit their numbers as required by the governor of Colorado’s COVID-19 mandates.

Reopening

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced new limits on group gatherings and new requirements for face coverings in more settings. Officials warned that more restrictions on restaurants, bars and other businesses will be implemented if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase.

Business And Facilities

Coronavirus has paused live performances, including Broadway shows and the touring productions that are so popular here in Denver. Now the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a 3-part virtual concert series, called “Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway.”

Events

Every winter, thousands of people visit Denver to get into the holiday spirit. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the Downtown Denver Partnership tweak some traditions, but it’s certain guests will still enjoy “Winter in the City.”

Healthcare Status

Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials outlined their distribution plan for a COVID-19 vaccine, explaining what their plan will be whenever doses become available. The Colorado plan releases doses in three phases prioritizing those most in need and most likely to be exposed to the coronavirus.

Schools

As Denver puts off, again, a return to in-person learning for upper grade levels, the cost of learning at home is being weighed for all students. Nowhere is it possibly more difficult than among “multi-intensive” classes and dealing with children with special needs.

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