Denver orders city homeowners to be in your home by 10 p.m. in attempt to reduce coronavirus

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Friday announced that city residents must be in their homes by 10 p.m. starting on Sunday in the latest effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Hancock is calling the mandate a “home-by-10” order. It’s aimed at restricting nighttime gatherings at bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as private gatherings.

Denverites covered by the order must stay in their homes until 5 a.m. each day. It is in effect until Nov. 28, though it is temporarily suspended on Thanksgiving. There are exemptions for critical businesses, employees returning home from work, first responders and people who may be traveling.

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“We’re on a very dangerous path,” Hancock said at a news conference on Friday. “… There’s another stay-at-home order in our future unless we act with urgency.”

Hancock and his public health team have been sounding the alarm for weeks about rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Denver.

Denver, Colorado’s capital and economic hub, is following in the footsteps of Pueblo, which enacted a similar curfew last week in order to slow the spread of coronavirus in southern Colorado. State health officials have said that a curfew could be a way for counties to avoid a full-blown lockdown like what was enacted in the spring.

Bob McDonald, who leads the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, warned that Denver’s hospital capacity could be overwhelmed by the end of December if the current trends continue.

“We can get this under control,” he said, “but we all have to contribute.”

Asked what proof he has that the new curfew in Denver will work, McDonald said no restrictions implemented to slow the virus’ spread are a sure thing.

“If there was an easy way to get this done, it would have already been done across the country,” he said. “There are no guarantees with any of this.”

The new restrictions in Denver come after Gov. Jared Polis and along with Colorado’s top epidemiologist on Thursday warned coronavirus is circulating in the state at its highest rate since the pandemic began.

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Polis urged Coloradans not to spend time with people outside of their own households for the next several weeks. He said that if the trend doesn’t abate, Colorado could become the next New York City.

“Colorado, I love you,” Polis said. “This is an intervention.”

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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