CRA: Red Alert

Curated news from the CRA.

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Governor Jared Polis announced a special legislative session to focus on COVID relief for small businesses. / Sean Pavone ©

Governor Calls Special Session of Legislature to Focus on Relief for Small Businesses

In addition to announcing changes to the dial, the Governor announced that he is calling a special session of the Legislature to focus on relief for small businesses, help for individuals facing housing insecurity, and support for child care providers. He specifically cited the restaurant industry as a focus for relief, and mentioned that relief would include direct aid and tax relief. We will be actively involved in the upcoming session, and will continue to advocate for this industry every day. However, we know that meaningful cash relief must come from the federal government, so we will continue to push at that level for additional stimulus. We are also asking local governments to continue to support local restaurants with grants and loans, rent and mortgage assistance, and reduced regulatory costs.  

CRA Advocacy Update: We Continue to Fight for Cash Relief and Fewer Restrictions on Capacity

We know the prospect of further restrictions is a grave blow to the restaurant industry, and we continue to advocate at all levels of government for measures that will better the odds of survival for Colorado’s restaurants. We continue to push against restrictions and to get you critical financial relief. We sent letters to both state and local governments explaining the severity of this kind of order for restaurants, and clearly outlining what this industry needs to survive. You can read our letter to Governor Polis here and the letter to county officials here.

The NRA also sent a letter to the National Governors Association and the United States Conference of Mayors expressing concerns for restaurants, and proposing principles for public officials to consider when restricting restaurant operations.

Free Flu Shots for Hospitality Workers in Denver on Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 24 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Denver Public Health will be providing free flu shots for hospitality workers at the Colorado Restaurant Association office, 430 E. Seventh Avenue, Denver, CO, 80203.

A few important details:

  • There is free parking behind the CRA office, in the CRA Parking Lot.  
  • Please bring your ID.
  • These vaccines are at no cost to you and you do not need to bring an insurance card.
  • All attendees must wear a mask.
  • Denver Public Health staff will follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols including, wearing masks, thoroughly cleaning the vaccination area after each patient, and maintaining proper social distancing among attendees. 
  • Please print and fill out this form, and bring it with you the day of the clinic to help speed up the registration process. If you are unable to print the form, we will have blank forms available to complete the day-of.  

For those that cannot make it on November 24, Denver Health will provide additional clinics located in other areas of the city and on additional days.  Click here for more information.

Virtual Town Hall With Colorado Senator-Elect John Hickenlooper

Join us on Friday, November 20, at 2 p.m. for a virtual town hall with Colorado’s U.S. Senator-elect John Hickenlooper, who will outline his priorities for his first days in Washington and speak to Federal relief efforts that relate to restaurants. There will be time to ask questions.

Friday, November 20  |  2 p.m.  |  Register here 

National Restaurant Association Survey

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is collecting information on the economic impact of COVID-19 on restaurants across the country. Please take a moment to fill out this survey; the data collected is critical to aid the NRA’s advocacy efforts and help the restaurant industry, nationwide, battle this crisis. 

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