On Wednesday afternoon, Colorado Governor Jared Polis spoke for the first time about what Safer-at-Home will mean for Coloradans in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Stay-at-Home Order lifts Monday, April 27

'We're on the bunny hill right now,' Polis explained, putting the phases into 'Coloradan terms. The Safer-at-Home phase is the 'green circle' beginner ski slope.

'No double black diamond or terrain park or we'll be seriously hurt,' he said.  'If we're falling down on the green, it means back to the bunny slope.'

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  • This isn't a free for all, the governor explained, reiterating that there should be no parties or unnecessary travel.
  • 'Resist that temptation for a month,' Polis pleaded.
  • 'No trigger date yet' for bar and restaurant reopening, as a plan for that is still developing.
  • 'May is going to look just the same as April,' Polis said for vulnerable populations. Staying home unless absolutely necessary is critical for those who are vulnerable.
  • Staying under Stay-at-Home for longer, he explained, only would 'hurt will and psychology' of Coloradans to be in this for the long haul, while having a negligible impact on needed ICU beds, suggesting that this was the time to move forward to the green slope, if you will. The governor also said he wants to see your dry, chapped hands. That means you're doing your part and washing frequently.
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'What will April 27 look like?' Polis said. 'Not terribly different then April 26. I know everybody is chomping at the bit. We have to do this right if we want to be successful.'

Safer at home means

  • Still doing what's best
  • Continuing to stay home as much as possible
  • Wearing masks in public places (even while walking and biking)
  • Limiting social interactions
  • No gatherings of more than ten people
  • Recreating within ten miles of your home.
  • Elective procedures begin again
  • Telecommuting and working from home continues for those who can

Safer at home is not

  • A free for all
  • Opportunity to leave the house as much as possible and spread the virus to others
  • An excuse not to wear a facial covering or hug or handshake
  • Going to the mountains to spend the weekend
  • Conducting unnecessary travel
  • Having parties or get-togethers
  • Pickup soccer games or neighborhood barbecues
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