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Governor Polis Warns Stay at Home Restrictions Will Return if COVID-19 Cases Spike
Colorado Governore Jared Polis

Colorado is no longer under a statewide stay at home order, but Governor Jared Polis is warning residents he might have to bring back restrictions if they are not careful and coronavirus cases spike again.

Polis says he hopes he can continue to lift restrictions and allow restaurants to open soon. But he says if people  "slack off and stop wearing masks in public, that may not happen."

POLIS: We’re going to be watching the data every single day, and if the numbers begin to climb at an unsustainable rate, then we’re likely to have to go backward instead of forward.

He says residents should continue practicing social distancing during the so-called safer at home period. Meanwhile, retail stores will be allowed to reopen Friday if they take precautions like requiring employees to wear masks.

Guidelines for industries:
Watch Monday's press conference:
Read the state press release:

Scott Franz is a government watchdog reporter and photographer from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper in northwest Colorado. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. His favorite workday in Steamboat was Tuesday, when he could spend many of his mornings skiing untracked powder and his evenings covering city council meetings. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an outdoorsman who spends at least 20 nights a year in a tent. He spoke his first word, 'outside', as a toddler in Edmonds, Washington. Scott visits the Great Sand Dunes, his favorite Colorado backpacking destination, twice a year. Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.
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