Denver Closing All Bars and Restaurants to On-Site Business Until May 11

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the closing of all bars and restaurants today.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the closing of all bars and restaurants today. Westword
Denver bars and restaurants have been scrambling to keep revenue coming in as coronavirus concerns have prevented people from dining out at local establishments in recent days. But eating out will no longer be a possibility after today: Delivery and takeout will be the only options for the next eight weeks, based on new guidelines from the City of Denver.

Mayor Michael Hancock just announced that all bars and restaurants are to close to the public as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, and remain closed through May 11, 2020. Food delivery and takeout will still be allowed, however, and many restaurants, bars and breweries have already taken steps to implement these services. Other establishments are encouraging buying gift cards now that you can use once they're able to reopen. The mayor did leave open the possibility that the restrictions will be lifted sooner, if conditions improve significantly before May 11.

See our updated list of bars and restaurants that are offering takeout, drive-thru or delivery services in metro Denver here.

See our list of Boulder restaurants offering takeout, drive-thru or delivery services here.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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