Headlines March 30, 2021
More Coloradans Eligible for COVID Vaccine on Friday
Colorado will open up eligibility to COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 16 and older who wants to be inoculated later this week. At a news conference Monday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the state will move to Phase 2 — the final, “general public” stage — of its vaccination distribution plan on Friday, April 2. Polis stressed that the virus is still widespread in Colorado and people should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. He also said there are still supply constraints, and people won’t all be able to get vaccinated immediately.
Colorado Governor: Mask Mandate Likely Extended
Colorado’s mask mandate is going to last a few more weeks. Governor Polis said Monday he’s unlikely to turn over decisions about masks to local officials before mid-April. The mask mandate, a public health order, was set to expire on Saturday, April 3. Polis said that once the order is passed onto local guidelines, the only types of events that will still be under state guidance will be larger events, where thousands of people will gather, such as sporting events. Boulder County Public Health reported 66 new COVID-19 cases as of Monday, no deaths in over two weeks and no additional hospitalizations. The 66 new cases bring the county’s total cases to 20,538.
Boulder Offices Closed for Talley Funeral
A public memorial service for the Boulder police officer killed in last week’s mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store will be held today. In-person attendance was be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the service for Eric Talley was to be broadcast live on local news stations and online. Many city employees indicated they plan to join the memorial service in-person or virtually. As a result, all City of Boulder buildings and facilities are closed Tuesday and employees have the day off except for those in essential roles that provide critical services, such as those in life safety positions. All City of Boulder public meetings and city-sponsored engagement events are also be canceled, including the Racial Equity Guiding Coalition meeting and new board/commission member orientation.
CU Students Protest U.S. Gun Laws
A group of University of Colorado Boulder students rallied in front of the Norlin Library on campus Monday, reading aloud the names of the 10 people killed in last Monday’s shooting. The group, Students Demand Action then led a moment of silence. A volunteer for the group said their purpose is to decrease gun violence and increase public safety across the nation. Volunteer Hannah Sanders added that the number of shootings happening around the country seems countless and all communities deserve to feel safe.