Polis praises Olympic Museum opening in Thursday update

Coronavirus

DENVER — In his twice-weekly press conference Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis applauded the organizers of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum grand opening for hosting a socially-distanced event.

The museum in downtown Colorado Springs opened with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

“One thing I wanted to share of that celebration is just how well it was done,” Polis said. “It was outdoors, of course. Every chair was six feet apart. Probably 80 people there, or so. Everybody was wearing masks.”

Polis said the state attorney general’s office has issued a cease-and-desist order to the organizers of a rodeo that attracted thousands of people in Weld County over the weekend.

Polis didn’t announce any major changes to the state’s policies Thursday, but said it’s important to stay the course.

“We can’t let the virus win by sending so many Coloradans to the hospital that it overwhelms the capacity and causes undue death and loss of life and destruction,” Polis said. “We also can’t let the virus win by destroying our way of life.”

The governor took questions on a wide variety of topics, including bar closing times, schools reopening, fans at major sporting events, and mail-in voting.

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