Mar 26, 2021 - News

A year after Colorado's stay-at-home order: Denver's post-pandemic bucket list

Illustration of a bucket filled with an airplane, a guitar, and a smiley-face ball.

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One year ago today, Colorado's stay-at-home order took effect statewide and brought our lives to a screeching halt.

To give it a positive spin, we asked Axios Denver readers to reflect on their must-do list when it feels safe to venture out again.

For some of you, it’s the little things that matter most:

  • "Walk down a street, smile at a stranger and get a smile in return." — Jan
  • "My wife and I have dinner reservations at Elway's for March 30. This will be our first meal inside a restaurant in almost 13 months." — Howard
  • "Babysitters and date nights (with my wife, not the babysitters)." — Paul

For others, it’s all about the return of live entertainment:

  • "I can’t wait to attend a crowded live music event and hug all those friends — and strangers!"— Frances
  • "I would like to attend live theatre ... my favorite is Buntport Theater in Denver." — Barbara

Simply socializing again also leads your lists:

  • "Return to the hospital where I volunteer and ... rejoin the library book club; connect back with the senior center where I volunteered." — Alan
  • "My husband and I moved to Denver two days before the stay-at-home order. On my priority list is going out and making friends in the area!" — Jen
  • "My small business has been 100% remote, including when we have hired 4 people over the last year. I can’t wait to get everyone together for a barbecue." — Alex

And lots of you plan to travel:

  • "Moab — or some other desert haunt with less people." — Joe
  • "Top of my list after I get my second vaccination is to visit my 89-year-old mother in Arizona. We've been doing weekly Zoom calls for the last year, but it's not the same as an in-person hug." — Connie

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