Denver, CO: Liquor stores and Marijuana Dispensaries Exempt From ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order

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Long lines formed today outside of Denver’s marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores when the mayor announced the ‘stay-at-home’ order that originally intended to shut them down. Photo by Eric Lubber/Twitter

Denver mayor Michael Hancock issued a stay-at-home order for the city and county of Denver today in order to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. The order will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Fox News Denver reports. Grocery stores, obtaining medication, exercise with social distancing, and now liquor stores and dispensaries are among the exclusions in the order.

At first, liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries were ordered to close in Denver under the stay-at-home order. But then people starting flocking to stock up on goods so the city had to amend the order, saying that liquor stores and dispensaries could be exempt as long as they practice ‘extreme social distancing,’ 9 News said. According to the order, restaurant delivery and takeout services will remain available but liquor stores cannot deliver.

However, some are raising concerns about the mayor’s order to leave Denver’s liquor stores and dispensaries open, claiming that these businesses will become major transmission sites for the virus. It’s hard to say if this is a good or bad decision yet as this situation is unfolding by the day. Only time will tell.

Crowds form at Denver’s liquor stores today. Photo by 9 News Denver.

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