Are Denver restaurants open, what’s last call under Level 3 coronavirus rules

Starting Wednesday, Denver restaurants will still be open for in-person dining, but they will limit their seating to 25% capacity and stop serving food and drinks by 10 p.m., according to a new mandate by the City.

With Denver County COVID-19 cases high enough at the end of October to trigger another stay-at-home order, according to the state’s guidelines, the City is taking this stopgap measure in an attempt to avoid another shutdown, officials say.

The new order will last a couple of weeks, at least, according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

“We want to avoid (shutting down the economy) at all costs because of the amazing impact that it has on everyone,” Hancock said during a Tuesday press conference.

“With very few exceptions, I can tell you that our restaurants have done a phenomenal job,” he added. “And they are not targeted, I believe they are impacted by things out of our control.”

But restaurant owners say they do consider themselves unfairly targeted by these restrictions.

“We do see this as fairly punitive,” said Stephen Julia, co-owner of Denver restaurants and bars Brass Tacks, Roger’s Liquid Oasis and Curio. “You go to (a certain level), and it automatically shuts down restaurants.”

“We really do a better job than anyone at their home even does cleaning things up and keeping people safe,” he said. “We’ve put a lot of thought and money into (following guidelines), and we’ve kind of proven that it’s working.”