Denver’s stay at home order: A quick guide to where you can and can’t go

Oddly enough, there are more things you can do than cannot do. Technically.

Logan Liquors, in City Park West, can remain open as many "nonessential" businesses are forced to close during the COVID-19 outbreak. March 24, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Logan Liquors, in City Park West, can remain open as many "nonessential" businesses are forced to close during the COVID-19 outbreak. March 24, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver’s stay at home orders kicked in at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will end at 5 p.m. April 10 unless extended.

While you could technically be fined up to $999 for breaking those orders, Mayor Michael Hancock said during a press conference on Monday that police wouldn’t spend their days ticketing or arresting people and would instead inform folks they see on the streets of the new orders. (We’ll check in on that promise with the police department daily.)

While the mayor asked that residents only leave their homes for the essentials, including groceries and medicine, there is some wiggle room, no pun intended.

Here are the places you can and cannot go and things you can and cannot do under the new order. If you have any questions, call 311 or let us know and we’ll try to find answers. People experiencing homelessness are not required to “stay at home,” but are being encouraged to seek shelter if possible.

Can:

  • Visit a doctor
  • Go to the grocery store
  • Go to a food bank
  • Go to a farmers’ market
  • Go to a bank
  • Go to a hardware store
  • Get gas
  • Donate blood
  • Obtain materials you need to work from home
  • Go to parks, but only to walk, bike, hike or run. You must stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Take your pet to the vet
  • Have a plumber, electrician or exterminator visit your home
  • Go to a laundromat and/or dry cleaner
  • Get takeout or delivery from a restaurant
  • Get to-go beer from breweries
  • Go to a liquor store
  • Go to a marijuana dispensary (medical and recreational)
  • Take your child to daycare, but they must remain in the same group of 10 children day to day
  • Travel from outside Denver to your home within city limits
  • Travel if required by law enforcement or a court order

Cannot: 

  • Gather with people outside of your home
  • Play group sports (or generally congregate) in parks
  • Go to a gym*
  • Dine at a restaurant*
  • Go to a bar*
  • Go to a mall*
  • Take your dog to a dog park*
  • Hire a nanny, babysitter or caregiver unless they are already in your home, provide medical care, or are providing care to children whose parents are “essential personnel” and must work
  • And no, you cannot go to the mountains or generally leave Denver (courtesy of The Know)

* Indicates places that should be closed anyway

This article has been updated. Breweries are allowed to sell beer via to-go orders. 

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