CDPHE also issues an order prohibiting gatherings over 10 people.
Governor Jared Polis has issued an Executive Order that directs all public and private P-12 schools across Colorado to suspend in-person classes from March 23 to April 17. This is one of many declarations he has made in order to slow the spread of coronavirus in the state.
"We are acting boldly and swiftly together to protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. The science and data tells us this will get worse before it gets better,” Polis said. “We are in this together, and the state is taking the necessary actions to slow the spread of this disease.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Polis told a press conference that is was "increasingly unlikely" that Colorado schools that had already closed would reopen during the school year. He said that he was closely monitoring the situation and hinted at taking action in the near future.
As part of the order, public and charter schools are required to pursue alternative learning opportunities to continue education for children. Resources will be available to schools and students, according to Colorado's Education Commissioner.
“Protecting the health of all Coloradoans is our top priority, and moving to online learning and other ways to support learning at home is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Education Commissioner Katy Anthes in a statement. “We know school leaders, educators and families will have a lot of questions about how to support their students’ learning at home during this unprecedented time. The department is working on guidance and developing resources to support our schools and students, and it will be available very soon.”
In addition, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a public health order following CDC guidelines that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. March 19. The order does not apply to grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, and health care facilities, among others.
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