Governor Jared Polis had some Fourth of July advice for Coloradans Thursday: don’t let the holiday blow up in your face.
Polis asked Coloradans to think of others, as well as themselves, while they celebrate independence in the pandemic summer. Many experts have predicted dire consequences if people celebrate as normal. This is a far from normal year.
Colorado is still under restrictions for many businesses.
“Whether Coloradans are enjoying our great outdoors or having a cookout, people should celebrate this 4th of July by staying on the trail that leads to suppressing the virus and rebuilding our economy,”
“That means wearing masks, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, and avoiding risky activities”Colorado Governor Polis
“This Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedom that so many fought to gain, but with freedom comes responsibility, so please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution.”Polis
The governor advised revelers to check local fire bans, as well as local COVID-19 restrictions.
“Just because we’re in the middle of a pandemic doesn’t mean we can ignore other safety rules that are meant to keep us all healthy and safe,”governor’s office said
A pandemic only raises the stakes in wildfire season if people have to evacuate their homes, and if firefighters must deploy to camps. The disease attacks the respiratory system, so smoke will only worsen air quality, “[s]o please skip the fireworks and campfires this year,” the governor’s office said.
“Summer gatherings this holiday should look different compared to a typical summer. It’s important to keep your distance and keep gatherings small,” the safety advisory states. “We’re asking you to continue to have less interactions with less people and do so in a safe way by wearing a face covering, remaining 6 feet away from others and washing your hands frequently.”