Colorado county refuses to enforce governor’s new pandemic restrictions

by Peter Heck · Nov 23rd, 2020 10:07 am

Last Updated Nov 24th, 2020 at 5:39 am

As the state government of Colorado prepares to move Weld County into the "red" portion of its COVID-19 restrictions dial, the county's Board of Commissioners have said that the county will continue to not enforce pandemic restrictions.

"The state's decision to move Weld County into the red portion of the dial does not change the stance of the Weld County Board of Commissioners with regard to enforcement of the state's mandates," the board said in a news release. "Instead, county government continues to do what it has done since March, which is promote and encourage residents and business owners to take individual responsibility and make decisions to protect themselves, their families, their community, and their businesses."

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has recently revised the state's color-coded "dial" for determining restrictions. "Level Red" is the second most restrictive level, with "Level Purple" being a return to stay-at-home orders.

Level Red would prevent personal gatherings of any size, close all indoor dining, reduce office capacities to 10%, and suggest schools and colleges cease in-person learning.

The Weld County Board of Commissioners have consistently balked at any suggestion that it accept those restrictions, pointing to the economic costs and harm to the community's well-being.

Polis has not indicated what would happen to Weld County if its officials do not enforce the state's orders.


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