CRA: News About Everything (And Puppies)

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Sunny afternoon view of the historical Colorado State Capitol.
A shutdown statement from Governor Polis leads the news this morning. / Chon Kit Leong © 123RF.com

Well, you’re not looking at election news this morning. (If you are, you should stop, because…self-care, baby.) That doesn’t mean you can’t dig in to a meaty newsletter filled with gubernatorial and mayoral statements that are ripe for skeptical scrutiny; updates to the state COVID dial and Aurora’s political theater; info on what cities are considering capping delivery fees; and bits and bobs about virtual kitchens, the PPP (always, eternally), a concessionaire opening in Louisville, and more.

Because this newsletter is an absolute beast, we’ve also included a little reward at the end of each page for those who make it through. Happy reading!

The following information (minus the adorable pics) comes from the CRA’s Tuesday, November 3 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here.

Governor Says He’s Not Looking at a Statewide Shutdown

In our industry call with Governor Polis and his team Tuesday, November 3, the Governor confirmed he is not looking at a second statewide shutdown and is instead working county by county on mitigation plans. He also discussed the current state of COVID-19 transmission in Colorado, available industry assistance, and what we can do to help.

The state of Colorado has shown a steady increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the past two weeks. Recent data shows that in the last five days, one in 145 Coloradans are currently contagious with the virus. He denied the rumors surrounding talks of an impending statewide shutdown but insisted that it is imperative that as an industry we are united in our efforts to contain the spread and remain open.

The Governor also discussed the Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program, on which the State has partnered with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation. Restaurants can use grant money from this program to winterize their patio space for outdoor dining. Restaurants must demonstrate hardship, and geographic location will be considered. Click here to apply and learn more about eligibility requirements.

Finally, the Governor discussed his recent budget proposal, in which he allocated $105 million dollars to help restaurants survive the winter by allowing them to keep the sales tax collected, yet alleviating their sales tax remittance requirements for four months. We are still analyzing the details of this proposal and will keep you posted.

Opt Into CO Exposure Notifications

Governor Polis also spoke on the call about CO Exposure Notifications. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in partnership with Google and Apple launched CO Exposure Notifications in an effort to facilitate statewide contact tracing using cell phones. This service is free and voluntary.

By opting in, your Android or iPhone device will share anonymous tokens with other CO Exposure Notifications users using your phone’s Bluetooth. If another user you’ve been near tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the service will notify you. If you test positive, you can easily and anonymously notify others to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tokens contain no personal information or location data and everything is completely anonymous.

Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the risk to your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and community.

Android users can download CO Exposure Notifications on the Google Play store. iPhone users can enable CO Exposure Notifications in their phone settings by finding Settings > Exposure Notifications > United States > Colorado.

You can review frequently asked questions and view instruction videos to launch the service on your phone here. For more information go to addyourphone.com.

You’re one-third of the way there! Look at this picture of four adorable kittens as your reward!

Two beige and two brown kittens (all with blue eyes) sitting in a row.
These fuzzballs would absolutely entice diners into your eatery. / magone ©123RF.com

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