Because of the stay-at-home order put into place this morning beginning at 6:00 a.m. for the entire state of Colorado by Governor Jared Polis citizens are asking the questions which businesses are defined as essential and which are not. If you want to read the full in-depth report by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, you can read that here.

If you're not exactly sure what a stay-at-home order is it's a request for all residents to stay indoors except for essential activities, which include buying food or seeking medical treatment. While the order doesn't completely mean you cannot leave your home if you do please leave at least six feet between you and anyone around you.

While the stay at home policy is in place there has to be some exceptions to the rule and we wanted to help clear up what is essential and what is not as we have learned from the Mesa County Sheriffs Office.

Businesses considered essential include:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Bars and Restaurants (takeout and delivery only)
  • Gas Stations
  • Liquor Stores
  • News Organizations
  • Post Offices
  • Cannabis Stores
  • Police Stations
  • Fire Stations
  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
  • Garbage/sanitation
  • Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid)hotlines
  • Pet supply stores and veterinary services

Businesses not considered essential therefore closed include:

  • Malls
  • Sports and Entertainment Venues
  • Gyms
  • Dance studios
  • Barbershops
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Spas
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Movie theaters
  • Amusement parks
  • Arcades
  • Bowling alleys
  • Museums
  • Campgrounds
  • Community pools
  • Skate parks
  • Playgrounds

If you want to know more the latest information about the Coronavirus in Colorado, click here.

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