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New Executive Order Changes Last Call for Alcohol to 10:00pm- UPDATED 7/23

Last Call Public Health Orders

Citing a recent doubling of new Coronavirus cases in Colorado, particularly noting the spike among the 20-29 age group, coupled with the inhibition-reducing effects of alcohol, which in turn can lead to behavior that encourages the spread of COVID-19, Governor Polis announced an Executive Order changing the last call for alcohol sales at establishments statewide, to 10:00pm.

The order will be effective 9:00am on Thursday, July 23, 2020, and will stay in effect for 30 days.

  • This UPDATED Executive Order applies to all restaurants, bars, and establishments licensed for ON-SITE alcohol consumption. Alcohol sales may resume at 7:00am the following morning.
  • This order also prohibits alcohol beverage sales to consumers at permitted special events.
  • Establishments licensed to conduct sales of alcohol for off-premises consumption such as liquor stores and grocery stores, may continue to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption until midnight and may resume alcohol sales for that purpose at 8:00am the following morning.
  • Manufacturers and wholesalers may still conduct sales to their business licensees at this time.
  • Delivery sales of alcohol beverages by both on and off premises licensees who have that privilege may continue to operate as usual, and do not need to cease at 10:00pm. However, takeout sales by on-premises licensees are not exempted from the requirements of EO 144 and must cease by 10:00pm nightly.

Read the full Colorado State Executive Order

How this works with the the Summit County Curfew

Summit County Public Health enacted an order effective Wednesday, July 15, requiring restaurants and bars within the county to close for on-premises dining, which includes indoor and outdoor seating, by 11:00pm.

  • Combined with the new State order:
    • Restaurants may continue to serve both food and alcohol on premises until 10:00pm, following State guidelines.
    • Restaurants, bars, and other establishments licensed to sell for on-premises consumption must stop selling alcohol by 10:00pm. EXCEPTION – If this establishment offers alcohol delivery, it may resume delivery service as usual, but not takeout.
    • The State has clarified that sales must end by 10:00pm, but any unfinished drinks can be consumed until the premises close.
    • Food may still be sold and consumed on premises until 11:00pm.
    • Restaurants and bars must close for on-site consumption of food by 11:00pm, however, may continue to sell food for takeout and delivery.

Summit County Ordinance Regarding Face Coverings – A Review

Individuals must wear face coverings that cover nose and mouth whenever:

  • In indoor areas open to the general public or
  • Outdoors in public spaces whenever at least 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained.
    among all individuals not in the same household.

Individuals are encouraged to use non-medical cloth face coverings, unless a medical face mask is medically necessary, to reserve the supply for those who need medical grade masks the most, our healthcare workers.

In accordance with Governor Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 110, public-facing businesses and their employees may refuse entry or service to those who do not comply with the mask order.

Exceptions

Cloth face coverings do not need to be worn by:

  • Persons who are consuming food or beverages
  • Young children under the age of 2 per the more strict Summit County Health Order
  • Persons with medical conditions that make it difficult to breathe
  • Persons otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance

A Note to Businesses

We will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. The influx of orders between the State and Summit County can be confusing as we all navigate how they interact with each other.

  • Please remember that when State and County orders differ, we must follow whichever order is more stringent.
  • Please remember that your customers and visitors may not be aware of the discrepancies between State and County orders, and may need to be educated.