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Colorado Limits Gatherings To 10 Or Fewer


Colorado on Monday reported 720 cases of COVID-19, with 72 hospitalizations, in 31 counties with seven deaths.

In response to the rapid growth in cases, Colorado health officials amended the state’s social distancing public health order Saturday.

According to a press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the public health order limits the size of gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

The order applies to all public and private gatherings except for those specifically exempted by the order, which are as follows:

  • The Colorado General Assembly, legislative bodies of municipal governments, and Colorado state and municipal courts.
  • Airports, bus, and train stations, health care facilities, and grocery or retail stores, pharmacies, or other spaces where 10 or more people may be moving around to get essential goods and services.
  • Delivery and take-out food services in accordance with Public Health Order 20-22.
  • Offices and state, county, and municipal government buildings where essential government services are offered.
  • Factories where more than 10 people are present, but social distancing measures of maintaining at least 6 feet between individuals is standard.
  • Newspaper, television, radio, and other media services.
  • Child care facilities, except for public preschools operated on public school campuses, which are addressed in Executive Order D 2020 007.
  • Homeless shelters.
  • Any emergency facility needed to respond to COVID-19 in Colorado.

On Monday, the state also began shipping supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile across Colorado.

According to a CDPHE press release, the Strategic National Stockpile is “the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.”

Colorado received the following materials:

  • 49,200 N95 masks
  • 115,000 surgical masks
  • 21,420 surgical gowns 
  • 21,800 face shields
  • 84 coveralls

The CDPHE says all county health departments in the state will receive supplies, but allocated based on the following factors: county population, portion of the population that is older than 65, the number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals, and whether the county or tribe has previously received supplies.