How Denver appeared “safer at house” on Colorado’s first day because of coronavirus

The Denver home order is still very much intact. Colorado is not.

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

April 27, 2020, 11:10 a.m.

As Denver continues to retreat through at least May 8, the final day of in-city stay-home orders, Colorado’s “Safer Home” began today. They are supposed to free the state from the strict guidelines. Denver, Colorado’s largest city and COVID-19 hot spot, is still sticking to avoiding the spread of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In places outside of Denver, life becomes a little more normal.

So, yes, technically Denverites should still be at home, leaving only the bare essentials. But we still wondered what the traffic situation would be this morning.

Hart Van Denburg, editor for CPR visuals, returned to two normally busy Denver streets this morning, more than a month after detaining her on March 23, the first day of the home stay in town order would have.

A nonexistent morning rush hour on Colfax as seen from Federal Boulevard.  The morning after Governor Jared Polis advised people to stay home, Colfax Avenue from Bennet to the mountains where it becomes Highway 40 was a ghost of their normal selves - though some facets of life were normal on Monday , March 23rd, 2020.

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The rush hour on Colfax Avenue towards Denver felt more like an early Sunday morning on Monday, April 27, 2020 as the state began its first day of

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A nearly deserted Broadway crossing 14th Avenue in Denver on Monday morning, March 23, 2020, the day after Governor Jared Polis advised people to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak.

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On Monday, April 27, 2020, traffic on Broadway was very light on April 15 in downtown Denver.

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