Why Isn’t Colorado Sheltering In Place Like Other States?

Mar 20, 2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has — so far — resisted ordering a statewide shelter-in-place (like California and Illinois) or shutting down all nonessential businesses (like New York) to slow the spread of COVID-19.

His stated rationale is based on economics.

The governor has taken extraordinary steps: closing bars, restaurants, schools, gyms, coffee shops, tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons. And he has restricted large gatherings of all kinds, in line with CDC recommendations.

So he clearly isn't reluctant to shut down some businesses. But shoppers?

"What spreads this virus is not economic activity per se, it's large congregations of people, and we're looking at trying to target where those vectors could be," said Polis at a Friday press conference. "At the same time, we want to ease restrictions on our economy where possible, without endangering public health."

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