DENVER (CBS4) – “This region is at severe risk from deadly COVID. Use caution,” read an alert that went out to thousands of Coloradans at 9 a.m. on Sunday. As a result of the alert, the state’s website on coronavirus data crashed.

The alert comes as five more counties prepare to move to Level Red-Severe Risk at 5 p.m.

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That brings the total number of counties at Level Red restrictions to 20, which includes all the Denver metro area.

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On Friday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock urged residents to practice safe COVID-19 measures such as wearing your mask and maintaining six feet or more of social distancing.

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“We need everyone to stay home,” Hancock stated.

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Under the new restrictions, restaurants are limited to outdoor dining, takeout and/or delivery. Bars remain closed. Last call is 8 p.m.

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Retail is open but stores are limited to 15% capacity. Gyms are also limited to 10% capacity.

Danielle Chavira