Headlines March 25, 2021

Headlines March 25, 2021

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State Lawmakers Consider Assault Weapon Ban

State lawmakers from Boulder are calling for a ban on assault-style weapons. State Senator Steve Fenberg and State reps Edie Hooten and Judy Amabile said Wednesday they have not drafted any legislation yet but they want to address the easy access to weapons such as the one used in Monday’s mass shooting at King Sooper’s. The Denver Post reports that one proposal that may be introduced would institute a five-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

State Loosens COVID Restrictions

Colorado has loosened COVID restrictions across most of the state in what is expected to be the final revision of the state’s color-coded Covid-19 dial.

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment said it was making the changes to the dial because of the progress the state has made in vaccinating Coloradans against the coronavirus. To date, nearly 900,000 people are fully immunized in the state.

The Denver Post reports that the health department moved 26 counties to the lowest level on the state’s revised color-coded COVID-19 dial on Wednesday.

The new “Dial 3.0” changes will also remove all limits statewide on the size of personal gatherings, and allow bars to reopen, at limited capacity, for the first time since last summer in counties at Level Blue.

The revised dial is expected to remain in place until mid-April when the state will then pass on most control over COVID-related restrictions to local public health agencies.

On April 4, Governor Jared Polis will issue a modified mask order requiring masks to be worn at schools by 11 to 18-year-olds because they do not yet have access to vaccines.

In Boulder County, officials announced that there were 61 new coronavirus cases, with no new deaths and two additional hospitalizations. The county’s equity efforts continue as the county’s vaccine allotments continue to fluctuate week-by-week.