Governor Polis Orders Bars, Nightclubs to Close Again For Fear of Covid-19 Uptick

It was only on June 19, 2020, that bars and nightclubs were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity under Safer at Home guidelines, but citing an increase in Covid-19 numbers in the state, Gov. Polis on Tuesday, June 30, ordered Colorado bars and nightclubs that don’t provide food to shut down again for another 30 days. The order goes into effect in the next 48 hours. The governor said a new public health order was forthcoming.

Part of the reason Polis ordered the closures, he said, was the resurgence of the virus in neighboring states. Arizona and Texas have seen a surge in cases lately and governors in those states have attributed the spike to nightlife and have ordered the closing of bars and nightclubs.

Bars and nightclubs will still be allowed to remain open if they serve food and function as restaurants. Bars may still sell take-out alcohol and may still operate if open under a county variance pursuant to the terms of that county variance.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) tweeted the closure information, COVID-19 Update: @GovofCO announced that bars/nightclubs will close for in-person service due to the risk of transmitting the virus. Bars may sell take-out alcohol, and those that serve food & function as restaurants can stay open as long as they maintain social distancing”.  

Source:, @CDPHE