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Summit County amends public health order implementing 11 pm restaurant curfew

The goal of the order is to prevent the spread of the virus among late-night crowds at restaurants.
Credit: Libby Stanford / estanford@summitdaily.com
Customers eat at Murphy's Tavern on Wednesday, July 15. Before Summit County implemented an 11 p.m. curfew, the restaurant was closing at 10 p.m. Owner Kim Reil said restrictions on bar areas make it difficult to justify being open past 10 p.m.

KEYSTONE, Colo. — Summit County has amended its safer-at-home public health order to implement an 11 p.m. curfew on restaurants and bars.

Public Health Director Amy Wineland signed the amended order Tuesday, less than a week after the town of Breckenridge issued an order that included the same curfew on the town’s restaurants. The order, which took effect Wednesday, allows bars and restaurants to stay open no later than 11 p.m.

The goal of the order is to prevent the spread of the virus among late-night crowds at restaurants. County officials said they were hearing about people staying late and becoming relaxed on face-covering guidelines, which could be dangerous when it comes to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“It’s just to discourage people sitting around mingling without masks on where we know the virus continues to spread,” Summit County Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence said. 

Lawrence said it was important to go along with the Breckenridge emergency order to show unity among all of the county’s governments.

> For more on this go to summitdaily.com

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