Are you turning to parks to get some fresh air during the shutdown? Many Denver parks remain open; however, the city has added new guidelines and restrictions to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. It includes temporarily disallowing the option to possess and consume alcoholic beverages. 

The City and County of Denver took to its Twitter account to share the update writing, "While most Denver parks remain open, we've added some new guidelines and restrictions to keep everyone safe - including temporarily prohibiting the possession and consumption of all alcohol in parks and other outdoor public spaces."

Many of Denver's City Parks remain open to individuals who want to go for a walk, bike, run, or other activities as long as social distancing is followed.

However, in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, new restrictions were unveiled today, including the temporary ban and consumption of alcohol, group sports and activities, and shared use of equipment such as basketballs.

These new guidelines go into effect, Friday, April 24 through July 23, 2020.

Before these new restrictions were put in place, Denver's parks allowed individuals to consume and possess alcoholic beverages that were 3.2 % or lower. 

With these new sets of rules, beverages such as wine, beer, and champagne will be prohibited through July 23, 2020. 

In addition to the limited alcohol ban, other rules were put in place, including:

  • If you're sick, stay home
  • Remain six-feet apart from others at all times
  • Don't gather in groups
  • Bring sanitary items such as wipes/soap
  • Don't share equipment
  • Keep your pet on a leash at all times 
  • Park hours are from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily

Currently, Colorado's stay at home order is set to end on April 30. 

These new guidelines are intended to "support and promote the stay at home and social distancing directives and ensure the safety of outdoor public spaces during the emergency."

The city is also encouraging people to visit the park closest to them, and if you are unsure of the nearest one, Denver Parks and Recreation can help find the nearest one. 

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