For the next 30 days beginning Sunday, Denver residents should plan to buy alcohol and make dinner reservations by 10 p.m. each night
To avoid another stay at home order, city officials announced on Friday a “Home by 10” order that seeks to limit gatherings and late night drinking by closing non-essential businesses at 10pm each evening.
These new Denver restrictions will come when COVID-19 hospital stays across Colorado hit the previous peak in April and one in 100 Denverites is now contagious with the disease, according to the state.
The only day between November 8 and December 7 that the Denver curfew does not apply is Thanksgiving.
Home by 10 follows an ordinance issued in late October that limits the seating capacity of Denver County restaurants from 50 to 25 percent – with a maximum of 50 guests indoors – and moves the last call from 11pm to 10pm
In this regard, there will be no further changes in the sales and consumption of alcohol in restaurants after this week. But from Sunday, liquor stores and grocery stores will also have to stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m.
Restaurants can continue to sell takeaway and delivery groceries after 10:00 p.m. Bars that are unable to “meet basic food mixing and feeding criteria” will have to close for the duration of the 30-day order in Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock said.
Hancock reiterated at Friday’s press conference that the new order will not prevent the Denverites from eating or drinking, nor will it prevent anyone from responsibly patronizing companies until 10 p.m.
“We encourage and urge people to plan accordingly and ensure that when you go out you are with your family unit,” said Hancock.
According to the new regulation, guests must limit their group size to six – out of ten – people from no more than two households.
“I encourage everyone to focus on whatever else we can do that we couldn’t do with an order at home,” added Bob McDonald, general manager, Denver Public Health and Environment. “There are so many things we can still do, we just have to do them safely.”