Bad news for bars and restaurants.
A judge in Denver District Court has ruled that Governor Jared Polis's statewide order for bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 10 p.m. will remain in effect for the timebeing.
The change to Colorado's "last call" was made last week amid Polis's concern that citizens in the 20-29 age range were experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Usually, bars and restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.
The decision was announced around 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, after a day and a half of arguments.
Many bar owners testifed, as did the executive director of the Tavern League of Colorado, which filed a lawsuit against Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The hope was that a judge would put a restraining order on the governor's order while the lawsuit is pending.
Bars and restaurants are concerned that the restraint is affecting their ability to remain in business. They also allege that there is no scientific proof that connects alcohol service after 10 p.m. to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
This story is developing. Stay tuned.