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These are trying times for our state, for our country, and for the world.

The threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced us to take drastic measures to protect the health and safety of the public — especially those who are most vulnerable like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions.

Over the past few weeks, my team and I have been working around the clock, doing everything we can to keep Coloradans safe.

Today, I took the extraordinary step of issuing a “Stay at Home” order for the entire state of Colorado in order to stop the spread of the virus. The order will take effect on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020.

As a former business owner, I know that this will be devastating news to workers and small business owners across our state. But the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis will be longer and more severe if we don’t do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus.

This executive order means Coloradans should not leave their homes except for critical activities including:
• Obtaining food and other household goods including medicine, alcohol and cannabis products
• 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 in your area at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties
You can read the full order here.
You can read the FAQ here.
You can read the public health order here.
And you can watch the press conference where I announced the order here.

I know that these changes to our daily lives are disappointing, inconvenient, and unsettling.

But we need to do everything we can to save the lives of Coloradans — parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles — maybe even yours.

Reducing contact with others will help to slow the spread of the virus, and will help to ensure that our health care system has enough doctors, nurses, beds, ventilators, and other crucial equipment to care for every patient that needs critical medical attention. If too many people get severely sick at once, our health care system won’t be able to handle it, and without proper treatment, many more of our family members, friends, and neighbors will succumb to this deadly virus. That is why we need to take these drastic actions.

Every one of us has an obligation to our communities, our state, and our country to take this seriously and Just. Stay. Home.

The coming weeks and months will be tough, but they will be temporary. And if we do right by each other, we will come out the other side stronger.

In order to ensure that we weather this storm as best we can, this email is intended to provide you with information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe, how to help others in need, and how to stay informed about what the state is doing to address both the public health challenges and the economic challenges that this virus presents.

Take care of yourself and each other during this trying time, and please stay home unless it’s absolutely essential that you go out.

Sincerely,

Governor Jared Polis

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