Senators in virtual town halls answer questions about COVID-19

By Gabrielle Bye

COLORADO TIMES RECORDER

This afternoon, Colorado state Senators Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) and Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) held telephone town halls to discuss updated information about COVID-19, as well as to answer constituents’ questions.

Zenzinger and Bridges were both joined by Mara Brosy-Wiwchar from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Cooper Reveley from the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ stay-at-home order enacted March 26 is set to expire April 11, but Zenzinger stressed that it could be changed or extended. Polis already extended the stay-at-home order for schools until April 30, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock extended Denver’s stay-at-home order through April 30 already, as Bridges pointed out.

Both senators asked Cooper about enforcement of the stay-at-home order.

“Enforcement is possible both civilly and criminally,” Cooper said. “The penalties that are described in the order do include up to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail if there is an unwillingness to follow that public health order.”

Cooper did stress that law enforcement is locally handled in Colorado, so enforcement could vary based on county, but he hopes and expects law enforcement who come across individuals not following the stay-at-home order to generally handle it as a learning opportunity.

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