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Garfield County Moves to Red, Severe Risk Level on Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines, City to Provide Restaurant Grants

Garfield County Moves to Red, Severe Risk Level on Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines, City to Provide Restaurant Grants

PRESS RELEASE
December 10, 2020

Contact: Debra Figueroa
City Manager
970-384-6401

Garfield County Moves to Red, Severe Risk Level on Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines, City to Provide Restaurant Grants

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Due to increased community transmission and case numbers, effective Thursday December 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM the State of Colorado has moved Garfield County from the current level Orange, to Level Red, the second strictest level of the Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines

The Red level of Safer at home, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website, includes stricter regulations for many industries including restaurants and bars. The expected changes are listed below:

  • Indoor dining closed but can offer take out, to go, or delivery. Outdoor open-air Dining is allowed with members of the same household.
  • Bars that don’t serve food must be closed.
  • Offices limited to 10% capacity, with remote work strongly encouraged.
  • Gyms/indoor recreation limited to 10% capacity or up to 10 people with reservations.
  • Entertainment and indoor event venues must be closed.
  • Unseated outdoor events limited to 25% capacity or 75 people (whichever is fewer).
  • Indoor in-person public gatherings (e.g. meetings, shows, exhibits) are not allowed.
  • Childcares may remain open with standard ratios.

Level Red maintains current capacity of 50% for Critical and Noncritical retail.

City Administration reminds businesses that non-compliance with State Public Health Orders could result in State enforcement including cease and desist orders and suspended business and liquor licenses. Liquor licenses are a State enforcement area and multiple restaurants across the state have had their license suspended for disobeying State Public Health Orders.

The City the Glenwood Springs, Chamber Foundation, and the DDA have also partnered to provide additional grants to restaurants since they are expected to have the largest financial strain under these state mandates. It is anticipated that these grants will be $2,400 if a restaurant did not take full advantage of the earlier warming grants provided through CARES funding.

State Bill 20B-001 recently approved by the Colorado General Assembly provides $37 million for direct relief payments to small businesses located in a county that is subject to, and in compliance with, severe capacity restrictions pursuant to a public health order, with payments allocated to the counties for distribution to eligible small businesses, which businesses include restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and fitness and recreational sports centers.

The City of Glenwood’s efforts to combat community spread while assisting local area business includes the recently opened Bethel Plaza public outdoor seating and dining area with outdoor heating elements, as well small covered seating structures on the north side of the Pedestrian bridge on 6th street. The Topek structures on the north landing are limited to to-go food only, no alcohol. The Topek structures are scheduled to ship on December 15, 2020.

The City anticipates the igloos will arrive within the next two weeks, and propane heaters under the bridge should be up and running Thursday, December 10. The City has expanded Bethel Plaza to include outdoor dining options to facilitate to go food and alcoholic beverages from area restaurants. Alcohol consumption hours are Monday through Thursday until 11am to 8pm, and Friday through Sunday 11am until 9pm. Private Security will also be available during these times. While areas will be cleaned on a regular schedule, patrons are encouraged to bring their own sanitation wipes.  The City has been distributing blankets to restaurants to give away for outdoor dining. Interested restaurants should contact Matt Nunez, Economic Development Specialist, at 970-384-6424 or [email protected].

Glenwood Springs is experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19 and the City recommends all residents take action to protect themselves and prevent the spread of illness.