Colorado governor defends lifting restrictions: We have to make the best decision based on 'information we have'

Colorado governor defends lifting restrictions: We have to make the best decision based on 'information we have'
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Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Colorado extends mask mandate, loosens restrictions for vaccinated Colorado state reps unanimously advance bill to allow to-go cocktails MORE (D) defended his decision to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions in his state, saying it's important to put in place sustainable social distancing practices to push ahead with coronavirus responses.

Colorado’s stay-at-home order expires Sunday, and Polis said that the state would then enter a “safer at home” phase where officials recommend residents stay home but do not require them to do so. 

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"We always wish, Jake, that I had next week's information and next month's information available to me today. That's not the world we live in, we have to make the best informed decision based on data and science with the information we have,” Polis said. 

“What we know is that what  matters a lot more than the date that the stay at home ends is what we do going forward and how we have an ongoing sustainable way psychologically, economically and from a health perspective to have the social distancing we need,” he added. 

Polis said that without a successful sustainable method moving forward, “the stay-at-home was for nothing.” 

“It doesn’t accomplish anything if it’s not replaced with practices that are sustainable for the weeks and months that it's likely to remain with us,” he said. 

Under Colorado’s upcoming “safer at home” phase, night clubs, gyms and spas will remain closed as will k-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. 

Restaurants and bars will also remain closed for dine-in service with the state working toward a phased reopening. 

Personal services, such as salons, dog grooming and personal training, will open with precautions and elective medical and dental procedures can begin.