DENVER, CO — As Colorado health officials continue to emphasize the importance of staying home as much as possible to save lives amid the spread of the new coronavirus, Denver staff will be out patrolling the city to ensure the stay-at-home order is followed, officials said.
Under the order, people are allowed to get groceries, medicine and household supplies. They are also allowed to go outside for exercise, as long as they follow the "social distancing" rule and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Park rangers, safety officers and public health officials are patrolling parks and recreation areas, businesses and neighborhoods, the city said. If people are violating the order, the city staff will educate the group and explain how their violation will impact the spread of COVID-19. If the group continues, or is seen in violation at a later time, they will receive citations.
"It will be up to the discretion of enforcement officers as to whether they hand out a warning or citation," a public notice read.
Citations are orders to appear in court. A judge will decide if there will be a fine imposed or not, officials said.
Fines could be up to $999.
List of 'essential' activities that are permitted under the stay-at-home order:
- Business Services and Employment Work:Performing work or providing products or services at one of the essential businesses (as defined in the Order) that may stay operational.
- Caregiving:Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
- Getting Groceries and Household Supplies:Getting or delivering necessary supplies for yourself, family, or household members, such as canned food, prepared food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables; pet supplies; fresh meats, fish, and poultry; and any other household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- Government Work:Performing work as a government agency or department, a first responder, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatcher, court personnel, law enforcement personnel or other government workers to support any of those functions.
- Healthcare: Obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
- Outdoor Activities:Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running, provided that the individuals comply with physical distancing, which includes
- Maintaining at least six-foot physical distancing from other individuals;
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer when hand-sinks are not available, and covering coughs or sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands;
- Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
- Not shaking hands;
- Prohibiting gatherings of people, indoors or outside.
- Prepping to Work Remotely:Obtaining supplies and equipment necessary to work from home.
Denver residents are not allowed to travel into the mountains or head to neighboring communities during the stay-at-home order.
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