DENVER (CBS4) — Gov. Jared Polis said officials have the power to enforce the ban large gatherings — and they will. This comes after a rodeo and concert held on a private ranch in Weld County reportedly attracted thousands of people over the weekend.

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“These requirements are the law of Colorado,” Gov. Polis said during a news conference on Tuesday. “You don’t get to choose which laws you follow and which you don’t follow.”

“You are risking the lives of innocent people in our state. And that is wrong. And we will not stand for it,” Polis said.

RELATED: Concert On Private Ranch In Weld County Shut Down After Thousands Show Up

Last week, Polis called this “the summer of no parties.”

Polis said officials will “explore every available option to hold people accountable and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans.”

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Polis urged people to obey public health orders not only because they will be enforced, but because it’s the smart thing to do.

“No government policy can force anybody not to be stupid, but I’m calling on Coloradans not to be stupid,” Polis said.

RELATED: ‘It’s Like Drunk Driving’: Polis Says Going To Big Parties Puts Innocent People At Risk

Comments (4)
  1. kuhlmann says:

    Totalitarianism is a term for a political system or form of government that prohibits opposition parties, restricts individual opposition to the state and its claims, and exercises an extremely high degree of control over public and private life. It is regarded as the most extreme and complete form of authoritarianism. In totalitarian states, political power has often been held by autocrats who employ all-encompassing campaigns in which propaganda is broadcast by state-controlled mass media

  2. Lisa P says:

    It’s not “law”….it hasn’t been voted on or passed in the state legislature, or by ballot. It isn’t law…it’s government overreach. Pure and simple.

  3. Ed says:

    “You don’t get to choose which laws you follow and which you don’t follow.” Why not? Doesn’t Colorado choose which federal laws it doesn’t want to follow such such as those pertaining to marijuana and immigration? Seems to me the “rule of law” applies not only to ordinary citizens but to governors and other elected officials as well.

  4. Larry says:

    Two years from now we will still be wearing masks for the common cold and flu. When will this insanity of dictate from the Governor end?

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