Colorado governor order to residents: ‘Stay at home’

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks at a press conference March 25, giving an order that Coloradans stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of the office of Gov. Jared Polis

At a time when nearly one in three people in the United States were living under stay-at-home orders, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis passed down a similar mandate for Coloradans on Wednesday evening, March 25.

The order to stay at home except for essential needs is scheduled to remain in effect until April 11. The order legally requires Colorado citizens not to leave home except for the following:

  • Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

At the time Polis passed down the order, 19 people had died in Colorado due to COVID-19, according to official data, and 1,086 people had contracted the coronavirus disease. For comparison, at the time of the order, one person in Utah died and 346 people had contracted the disease.

No COVID-19 cases had yet been confirmed in Grand County or any bordering Utah counties on Wednesday evening, but Mesa County and Garfield County, which are adjacent to Grand, together had 18 cases.