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The state health department issued new guidelines for personal and outdoor recreation sites Thursday, while Gov. Jared Polis announced a new executive order allowing business owners the right to refuse service to people who don't wear face masks.

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“Just like I have to hold officers accountable, I have to be accountable as well,” chief Paul Pazen said, adding that the department must take “a hard look and critical review” of officers’ actions amid protests, a process that will be overseen by the Office of the Independent Monitor.

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For the seventh week in a row, new unemployment claims have fallen, even as the total number of Coloradans who have applied for benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state exceeds half a million people.

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Many events are being canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Here are some Colorado Springs-area online classes, local concerts, events and more for you to join.

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Starting May 24, restaurants in El Paso County were able to reopen their dining rooms. Restaurants that choose to reopen will have to follow strict guidelines. Read more here. Check with restaurants for hours; most restaurants still offering takeout and delivery as before. Many restaurants require reservations.