It was clearly a bad idea.
On Monday around 2:00 pm, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that liquor and recreational pot dispensaries were not considered essential services and would therefore be closed starting Tuesday. Hancock made light of it, saying that while he might consider liquor essential, it wasn’t for everyone and therefore didn’t make the list. He recommended people stock up a bit even though they could still get it delivered from restaurants as part of regular orders.
It took less than 15 minutes for long lines to form at liquor stores, where employees had to work the doors, allowing only a few patrons in at a time so they could try to keep the required six feet from each other. That sparked even more chaos as people crowded the lines, destroying all attempts at social distancing.
By 5:00 pm, Mayor Hancock’s office threw in the towel and rescinded the order, but said that customers must practice “extreme” social distancing, which is nothing more than the normally-understood six feet.
Apparently, there is a limit as to what we’ll give up in our efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19.