Headlines July 24, 2020
The Tavern League of Colorado, a group that represents over 200 bars and restaurants in the state, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit seeking to block Governor Polis’ executive order that moves the last call hours in bars from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the next 30 days.
Governor Polis issued the order on Tuesday saying it is an effort to curb large gatherings of people while they are inebriated and it went into effect yesterday. The lawsuit also seeks to change the public health order that limits gathering sizes based on a bar or restaurant’s square footage.
An attorney for the Tavern League told Denver7 that shifting the last call from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. won’t prevent young people from gathering in large groups.
State health officials on Thursday announced 616 new cases of COVID-19 and confirmed that another two people have died directly from the virus. For the past five weeks the number of COVID-19 cases has been growing in the state.
Speaking on Thursday Governor Polis addressed the ongoing frustration with the backlog in testing for the virus. Some private labs are taking up to 10 days to return results. Governor Polis criticized the federal response and its impact on the pandemic.
“While we would all be better off if there was a national strategy and effective management of supplies, that’s not the world we live in,” he said.
Polis said that Colorado is not immune as a state to the issues that face the national supply chain and national labs, but he said the state can do better.
On Thursday Jefferson County Public Schools said that their school year will begin on August 24 with at least 2 weeks of remote, online classes before students would return to the classroom.
The school district made September 8 as the earliest return date for in-person learning but this depends on the spread of COVID-19.
The Denver Post reports that following the August 24 two week remote start, Jeffco elementary schools will begin offering both 100% in-person and 100% remote options to families.
Jeffco’s middle and high schools will follow the same schedule but once they reopen their classrooms they will start with alternating days of remote and in-person learning.
On Monday, Jeffco’s teachers asked the district to postpone in-person learning.
The teacher’s union wants to ensure that safety measures such as proper school ventilation systems and broad COVID-19 testing for students and staff were in place.
Full in-person learning will depend on public health levels as determined by Jefferson County Public Health.
Denver Public Schools announced last week that its school year would also begin remotely.
The St. Vrain Valley School District has shared more details for the upcoming school year.
In an email to parents on Thursday, the district said elementary and middle school students will attend school on a hybrid schedule with some students having in person school on Mondays, Wednesdays and every-other Friday, and another group attending in-person school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every-other Friday.
On the other days students will have (real-time) online learning with their classroom teacher as well as independent work as assigned. High school students will have a similar hybrid option.
Students in all grades are also able to avail of a fully online option.
On Thursday Governor Polis said that Colorado hasn’t asked for and doesn’t need federal troops to respond to local protests against police brutality and systemic racism. But he didn’t rule out the possibility of seeking such help from the president.
Yesterday’s statement comes amidst growing criticism of Trump’s deployment of federal officers in Portland, Oregon.
The Denver Post reports that the governor’s office sent the newspaper a statement later on Thursday, reiterating that the governor hasn’t sought assistance, adding, “We do not want federal law enforcement in Colorado.”