DENVER (CBS4)– As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Denver, there will be more restrictions that impact restaurants and retail spaces. Last week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock put tighter restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Group gatherings were limited to five people, instead of 10 and face coverings were required outdoors.

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Denver has adopted Colorado’s COVID-19 dial dashboard which tracks the progress of each county using key metrics. As of last week, Denver was at Safer At Home Level 2 “Concern.” That has now changed because of Denver’s 7.3% positivity rate.

“I don’t believe this is Denver’s failing. It is rather failing by those who still refused to believe in science, and those who do not take it seriously,” said Hancock.

The escalation to Level 3 “High Risk” means that all retail and restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity. Large group gatherings will be limited to 75 people. Gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios will operate with 25% capacity or up to 25 people in Level 3. That is a change from previous recommendations, which required gyms and fitness centers to operate virtually or outside with only 10 people.

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“We saw the first spike in May. And you can see what the case numbers were at that time. And then shortly after July we saw another spike. And now, we are up here at a cumulative incident rate of two week period of 385 cases per 100,000 in the City of Denver,” said Bob McDonald, Executive Director Denver Department of Public Health. “We need to get down to 175 cases per 100,000 for a two-week period.”

“To get back to Level 2, we must reduce our positivity rates and hold those numbers for two weeks,” said Hancock during a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Hancock said that variances previously given to arts and cultural centers will remain in place.

“We’re seeing an increase in all age groups, but the highest percentage of those that are tested as positive continue to remain in our younger population,” said McDonald.

RELATED: Denver Public Schools Announces Learning Change Amid New Level 3 Restrictions

Level 3 is more restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, according to the State of Colorado website for COVID-19 guidelines. The qualifiers for Level 3 include:

  • 15% positivity rate or less.
  • 175-350 cases per 100,000.
  • Greater than two new COVID-19 hospital admissions per day.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Denver officials said the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations could force the city and county into another Stay at Home order. Officials said, “Denver’s #COVID19 situation is looking bad. Really bad. No seriously, what we are doing isn’t working.”

LINK: Denver COVID-19 Restrictions

This escalation in restrictions comes amid other counties in the Denver metro area, like Adams and Arapahoe, reacting to help prevent the spread of coronavirus as their counties also experience a rise in COVID-19 cases.

RELATED: Level 3 Restrictions To Soon Take Effect In Adams County

Jennifer McRae

Comments (19)
  1. Randy Lahey says:

    Done forget, less than 30 days to recall Polis!

  2. Tracy says:

    You fools are all demonstrating exactly why all the places with the worst spread are also heavily GOP. When will you idiots wake up and trust science….its is NOT a conspiracy to get the Dumbster out of office. Can you all please just crawl back into the hole that you crawled out of in 2016…and let the rational, intelligent adults run things….Thanks

    1. M says:

      Adams county, Denver county, and Boulder county not exactly GOP hotspots.

      1. mark says:

        Virus doesn’t care about political party, what’s your point?

    2. Chip says:

      Infection rates are meaningless. Science? This is NOT and never has been about science. The phony models and dire predictions have been wrong from the jump and places that have imposed severe lockdowns around the world have had the highest number of deaths.

  3. Dwight Smith says:

    An increase in positive PCR tests is not an increase in sars-cov-2 cases with people with real symptoms. These PCR tests have proven to be very unreliable and result in false positives.

    This lockdown was never about the sars-cov-2 virus. It has and will only be about control.

  4. M says:

    More cases leads to more deaths. Why isn’t the local media reporting death rates on a daily
    bases like before?

  5. M says:

    day 6000 of 15 days to lower the spread

  6. Bob says:

    simply more dummycrats attempt to shut down the city and voting – they will stop at nothing to keep the trash in office.

  7. jimok123Jim says:

    Why are these idiots causing such self destruction to our economy. What is the plan if this virus never goes away, shut down forever?

    1. Bob says:

      Why would they care?? All they want is control, control control. Vote the dummy’s out and take back our state.

      1. J. says:

        *dummies. If you’re going to accuse the other side of being idiots, learn to spell first.

  8. Truthhurts says:

    So for six months the masks and lock downs were working, then two weeks before an election…sudden, inexplicable explosion of ‘cases’. What a coincidence… or not.

    Scamdemic. Total lie.

    1. Cornholio says:

      JFC. It’s not inexplicable. The weather is getting colder and people spend more time indoors. A highly contagious virus is going to start spreading faster in these conditions just like the flu. It happens EVERY fall/winter and always will.

      1. Tracy says:

        Thank god there is at least one other rational adult here

  9. the irony right before nov 3rd…..these lunatics will stop at nothing! CASES are not deaths and the recovery rate is 99.98%……….they planned to ramp up testing right before elections because they know this is just a cold virus……medical malpractice killed more than covid in 2019 and 2020.

    1. Joe says:

      You hit the nail on the head…. They will implement their “stay at home order” just in time for voting day….good luck keeping people away from voting….scare tactics don’t scare people who refuse to buy into the “bs” that polis and his fools have tried to pass off on AMERICAN citizens.

    2. Cornholio says:

      More cases leads to more deaths, this is so simple. This isn’t rocket science but you fools have to find a conspiracy theory in everything.

      1. M says:

        Adams county, Denver county, and Boulder county not exactly GOP hotspots

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