Thanks to a whopping 45 percent increase in positive COVID tests in the last two weeks, Pueblo is now under a 10 p.m. curfew through November 13. Meanwhile, lucky Larimer County residents only have to bear the mild sting of a not-so-strong scolding. And everyone’s going to have to figure out something other than a squishy plastic to-go cup for their alcohol takeout.
In other, better news: Both Adams and Denver counties have announced new grants to cover rent and the cost of winterizing patios, respectively. Check them out before the funds have been exhausted.
The following information comes from the CRA’s Thursday, October 29 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here.
Pueblo Implements Curfew, Effective October 30 at 10 p.m.
On October 29, Pueblo Mayor Nicholas Gradisar announced an emergency curfew for the City of Pueblo. The curfew will be in effect nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., effective October 30 at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on November 13. During the hours of the curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being present on any public street or in any public space, including for the purpose of travel. Employees traveling to and from work in a restaurant are exempt.
We are still trying to get clarifications on this new order, but as of right now, we do not believe the order allows a restaurant to deliver food or alcohol to a customer after 10 p.m. We also believe that customers of a restaurant would need to leave the restaurant and be home by 10 p.m. in order to avoid being in violation of the order. We have reached out to the Mayor’s office for clarification to these points and will provide updates as we receive them. You can read the emergency curfew order here.
New Takeout Alcohol Container Regulations Begin November 1
Starting on November 1, new regulations go into effect for takeout and delivery alcohol containers from a restaurant. The new regulations require all containers of takeout or delivery alcohol comply with the following:
- Container must be a rigid container.
- The container cannot be made of paper or polystyrene foam.
- The lid or cap on the container must be designed to prevent consumption without removal of the lid or cap.
- Container must be sealed in a way that is “tamper evident” in order to tell if the container has been opened.
- The lid on the container cannot have a sipping holes or an opening for a straw.
All takeout and delivery orders shall be affixed with a label containing a warning statement, with a minimum fourteen (14) font size, stating: “WARNING: DO NOT OPEN OR REMOVE SEAL WHILE IN TRANSIT.” For a printable example, click here.
All other rules for takeout and delivery alcohol from a restaurant still apply. You can read those rules here.
Larimer County Asks Restaurants to Be Vigilant About Compliance With Public Health Guidelines
Due to rising cases in Larimer County, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) is asking restaurants to remain vigilant about following public health guidelines to stem the spread. They say they are seeing an increase in cases associated with larger gatherings, including at restaurants and bars. Data is indicating increases in cases among employees, particularly bar employees. Restaurants should:
- Provide guidance and training to staff on maintaining six foot distancing to the greatest extent possible in all areas of operation.
- Require employees to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.
- Require employees to stay home when showing any symptoms or signs of sickness.
Additionally, the LCDHE is receiving an increased number of complaints of crowded waiting areas, full dining rooms, and people congregating at bars without face coverings while waiting for tables. To help limit groups from gathering:
- Encourage reservations or require parties to wait outside or in cars during busy periods. Do not allow standing or congregating in bar areas, entrances or exits, or any interior spaces.
- Separate seating at bars by a minimum of six feet and do not provide seating at the bar if bar service is also provided, or only allow bar service at a clearly designated and separate section of the bar.
- Face coverings are required to be worn by customers in all public indoor spaces, unless they are seated and eating or drinking, or if it is not age-appropriate. Establishments should refuse service to customers who are not adhering to the mandatory mask and physical distancing requirements.
Per the Emergency Public Health Orders issued in Larimer County on October 23, restaurants and bars must cease alcohol beverage sales to consumers for on-premises consumption and takeout at 11 p.m.
With Halloween this weekend, please remember to keep gatherings to a minimum and encourage staff to do the same.
Help Us Raise Money for the Winter Outdoor Dining Fund—Ask Diners to Contribute!
Grant applications will soon go live for the Winter Outdoor Dining Fund! As a follow-up to our Winter Outdoor Design Workshop, we’ve partnered with the State of Colorado to fund restaurants to winterize their outdoor spaces. Xcel Energy generously seeded the grant program with a $500,000 contribution and has agreed to match up to $250,000 more. We need your help—or more specifically, your customers’ help—with raising this money!
Find a letter from Governor Polis here detailing the importance of the fund, and why we need your help. You can use this postcard and QR code (also available here in black and white) to encourage diners to donate. On social media, you can direct patrons to COOutdoorDining.org. And stay tuned—we’ll be announcing the first round of applications in the next few days.
New Grants Available in Adams and Denver Counties
Adams County has created a mini grant program to help businesses with rent payments while the county is in Level 3 of Safer at Home. Grants are for up to $5,000 for rent or mortgage assistance. Find grant criteria and the application here.
Denver is using CARES Act dollars to help restaurants with costs related to winterize their outdoor spaces. The amounts awarded and quantity of awards issued will be based on the number of applicants, their eligibility, program priority, and the dollar amount of costs incurred by businesses. Find criteria and the application here.
For more local grant programs, click here.
Recording From Our Town Hall With Senator Cory Gardner
Senator Cory Gardner joined us to address his work in the Senate, federal relief efforts, and federal policies restaurateurs can expect to see in the coming fall and winter months. He also took questions. If you missed the virtual town hall and wish to view it, you can do so here.
The Senator offered to answer any unanswered questions. Contact Casey Contres on his staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gardner campaign also gave us a link to the World Health Organization in response to a request about a recent claim: “The World Health Organization has long favored interventions that come with less economic and social disruption than lockdowns, recommending that governments pursue a strategy called “test, trace, isolate,” of sequestering people exposed to the virus. Western governments have found themselves with too few tests and not enough contact-tracing staff to follow that plan of action.” Read the full story from the Wall Street Journal here.
Please note that we extended this same invitation to former Governor John Hickenlooper, but due to a busy campaign schedule, he was unable to attend. He has agreed to meet with us after the election.
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