Colorado parks reopening to camping this week, decision on skiing and restaurants to follow May 25

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday laid out a timeline by which state officials will consider reopening various parts of the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A decision on whether ski resorts, restaurants and summer camps can reopen will be made May 25, Polis said, and additional steps for the state’s ongoing “safer at home” plan will be considered after June 1.

The dates were chosen based on the availability of data on the novel coronavirus in Colorado, Polis said, which lags about 10 to 14 days behind the actual spread of the virus in the state.

“In the next week, we’re just starting to see the very first people who could have become infected as the initial restrictions were loosened,” he said.

He added that state officials already have decided to reopen state parks on Tuesday for camping, and said he was releasing the dates for the state’s decision making process in order to be as transparent as possible.

“If any state in the country were to go too fast in embracing people getting together again, whether it is in nightclubs or bars or large parties, there would be another wave of COVID infections and there would need to be — either at the county, municipal level or God forbid at the state level — even harsher restrictions that are then placed temporarily in that area. We don’t want another wave to set us back from our goals.”


This is a developing story that will be updated.

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