Expiring Covid Executive Orders.
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Expiring Covid Executive Orders.

UPDATE June 14, 2021: JUST KIDDING! When this post was first published on June 9, 2021, we thought for sure that our dear Governor was putting things back to normal/before-times-status-quo. But then, THIS! On June 11, Gov. Polis extended the mandate of the 2020 executive order by issuing D 2020 112, aka this one!

So everything below applies effective JULY 30, 2021. Meaning more takeaway booze cups for us all!

Governor Polis has been slowly allowing certain emergency executive orders to come to their natural expiration dates, ending the suspension of certain laws and regulations that had been lifted to permit businesses to weather the Covid-era storm.

So this means that Executive Order D 2020 011, which had suspended certain “before-times” restrictions on Colorado businesses (specifics below) and permitted just a few rays of sunlight into otherwise dreary days, will be coming to an end fairly soon. It’s not all bad news, though: At least we’ll all get to return to standing in crowded, overheated bars fighting for 6 inches to wedge ourselves in so we can hurl our credit cards at a bartender who won’t make eye contact. Gee, I can’t wait! (In all seriousness, these orders were mere stopgaps, and our businesses deserve a break. So get back out there and stand in line! It’s still the case that absolutely no one cares if you show up in pajamas.)

Specifically, the order that will expire means that the following restrictions go back to normal:

  • certain on-premises alcohol consumption locations cannot sell, deliver, and provide takeout of sealed alcohol beverages.
  • breweries operating an approved sales room cannot sell, deliver, or provide for takeout of sealed containers of malt liquor
  • issuance of medical marijuana cards must involve an appropriate “physical examination”
  • online sale of retail marijuana and marijuana products
  • lifting certain gross weight restrictions for vehicles over 84,499 lbs. OK, maybe the potholes will get better? 🙂

TL;DR version:

In his words:

Executive Order D 2020 011, as amended and extended by Executive Orders D 2020 029,
D 2020 052, D 2020 084, D 2020 093, D 2020 118, D 2020 147, D 2020 173, D 2020 201,
D 2020 229, D 2020 257, D 2020 283, D 2021 018, D 2021 044, D 2021 067, D 2021 086, and
this Executive Order, shall expire thirty (30) days from May 12, 2021.

(original EO, now yesterday’s news)

[UPDATE: What we really meant here was: basically equally cryptastic, but:

Executive Order D 2020 011, as amended and extended by Executive Orders D 2020 029,
D 2020 052, D 2020 084, D 2020 093, D 2020 118, D 2020 147, D 2020 173, D 2020 201, D
2020 229, D 2020 257, D 2020 283, D 2021 018, D 2021 044, D 2021 067, D 2021 086, D 2021
100, and this Executive Order, shall expire thirty (30) days from June 10, 2021. ]

(emphasis added)

Sources:

EO D 2020 011 (March 20, 2020): LINK. https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/inline-files/D%202020%20011%20Ordering%20the%20Temporary%20Suspension%20of%20Certain%20Regulatory%20Statutes_0.pdf (Ordering the Temporary Suspension of Certain Regulatory Statutes
Due to the Presence of COVID-19)

EO D 2021-100 (May 12, 2021): LINK. https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/inline-files/D%202021%20100%20Regulatory%20Statutes%20Extension.pdf (Concerning the Temporary
Suspension of Certain Regulatory Statutes Due to the Presence of COVID-19)

EO D 2021-112 (June 10, 2021): LINK. https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/inline-files/D%202021%20112%20Regulatory%20Statutes%20Extension.pdf.

This post has been modified from its original to reflect updates in information from the Governor’s office.