State Updates the Dial Framework
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new public health order with streamlined guidance and clarification on the dial framework. The new public health order is similar to past orders, but integrates Protect Our Neighbors, Safer at Home, and Stay at Home orders together, and it makes a series of technical updates requested by stakeholders. It went into effect at midnight, November 3.
Among the most significant changes, the public health order:
- Updates the dial levels to be identified by color by removing the numbers from the Safer-At-Home levels. This change is intended to be more easily understood by Coloradans already accustomed to existing color-coded warning systems.
- Limits gatherings to no more than 10 from no more than 2 households for levels Blue, Yellow, and Orange, and prohibits gatherings for Red. (PERSONAL GATHERINGS)
- Changes indoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Events are defined as activities like receptions, events, concerts, indoor markets, indoor malls, non-critical auctions, theaters, trade shows, or other indoor venues.
- Changes outdoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 75 people, whichever is fewer. Events are defined as activities like receptions, events, concerts, indoor markets, indoor malls, non-critical auctions, theaters, trade shows, or other indoor venues.
- Finalizes transportation guidance to emphasize the requirement to wear a mask and practice physical distancing while on public transportation.
- Defines Stay at Home requirements, clarifying that at this level most activities are significantly curtailed, only allowed in outdoor environments, or prohibited, and noncritical businesses are closed for in-person work or services.
Learn more on the updated capacity chart for all five levels here.
Aurora’s Proposed Minimum Wage Hike Defeated By Council
We are happy to announce that the Aurora City Council voted against the proposed minimum wage increase to $17 on slim margins in a late-night Council session Monday, November 2. Coucilmembers Coombs, Marcano, Murillo, Johnston, and Hiltz voted to support the proposal. Councilmembers Gruber, Gardner, Bergan, Berzins, and Lawson voted against the proposal—Mayor Coffman then broke the tie to defeat the proposal.
Councilmembers who voted against the proposal cited concerns around the timing of the proposed wage increase, the COVID-19 challenges small businesses are faced with, and the lack of business stakeholder involvement. Please know that although Councilmember Lawson voted no on this proposal last night, she has gone on the record stating that she supports minimum wage increases in general. We will be conducting extensive Aurora member outreach in the coming weeks to gather industry feedback for amendments that will help this proposal be more business friendly.
We want to extend a sincere thank you to the restaurateurs who took the time to email and call your Councilmembers and those that called in to testify during the council meeting last night. Your voice was heard, and this proposal would have undoubtedly passed last night without a strong, united effort from the business community.
Finally, we are asking you to reach out and thank the Councilmembers that voted against this proposal for their support of the business community. The opposition has already launched smear campaigns against the members that voted against the proposa—we need your voice to show them that their votes prevented the unintended consequences of this proposal. You can find the Council phone numbers and email addresses here.
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