Hikers and their dogs enjoy Green Mountain on a warm spring day on March 25. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

As Colorado slowly starts to reopen during the “safer at home” phase of the coronavirus response, it’s natural to start wondering what this means for outdoor recreation.

Surely we can head up to the mountains again, right? Unfortunately, the answer is still no. In fact, the governor doesn’t even want you recreating more than 10 miles away from your home.

“I know the weather’s nice, but the coronavirus doesn’t care about the weather,” Gov. Jared Polis said during a press conference on Friday. “It cares about physical proximity and we need to make sure we stay safe.”

Along with encouraging people to stay away from the mountains, Polis also reminded folks to stay at least 6 feet from others and to wear masks.

“Colorado is beautiful, that’s why we live here,” Polis said. “But our mountains and our rivers and forests will be here long after coronavirus. Long after any of us. So give it a break and we look forward to being able to have more of those recreation opportunities in the future.”

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