In the meantime, bars and restaurants cannot serve alcohol after 10 p.m.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis says he will consider amending the "last call" order he made earlier this week—if COVID-19 infections in citizens ages 20-29 improves.
On Tuesday, Polis issued an executive order that all bars and restaurants across the state not serve alcohol after 10 p.m., due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the 20-29 age group. The Tavern League of Colorado, which represents 200 bars and restaurants, then filed a lawsuit against Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, saying that there's no science proving that the change to last call will make a difference in COVID-19 infections.
Last call is usually 2 a.m., and bar owners are concerned about losing their four most profitable hours of business.
While the order was initially expected to stay in effect for 30 days, Polis then backtracked a bit after the lawsuit filing, stating that if the infection rate in people ages 20-29 improves, he would consider adjusting the last call to midnight.
A Denver district judge is expected to review the case next week, and the Tavern League is still pushing for the full order to be revoked, which would restore last call to 2 a.m.
In the meantime, last call will stay at 10 p.m.