Coronavirus Roundup: Draft state restaurant guidelines, city plans for a $ 20 million fund | Instant News

Larimer Square is one part of the city where restaurants have taken over the road from time to time. (BizDen photo file)

Governor Jared Polis’s government has been released version of the guideline concept covers how restaurants can operate when they can reopen for dinner.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environmental Society released the guidelines Tuesday, and said public comments could be delivered until Friday using online forms.

“After the finals, these guidelines will be used when it is safe to start reducing security restrictions regarding COVID-19 for restaurants,” the department said in a news release. “On May 25, the state will decide whether restaurants can start reopening and at what level.”

The proposed guidelines suggest that the restaurant has at least eight legs between the tables where customers sit, both indoors and outdoors. The size of the party will be limited to a maximum of six people, and tables and other shared surfaces must be cleaned between the parties.

The guidelines state that eating inside, both indoors and outdoors, will be limited. However, the specificity of the limitation has not been determined.

All employees must wear face coverings and gloves, according to the proposed guidelines. They will check their temperature every day, with results recorded.

The guideline also asks restaurants to use the reservation system as much as possible to assist with tracking contracts if needed.

City government stimulus money expenditure: The Denver on Wednesday detailed plans to spend the first $ 20 million about $ 126.8 million received from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act stimulus package

According to city news releases, phase one emergency aid funds will be used for the following purposes.

Housing assistance: $ 6.5 million to support rent and utility assistance ($ 4 million), mortgage assistance programs ($ 1 million) and rehousing strategies ($ 1.5 million) for those affected by COVID-19

Food aid: $ 2 million to support food aid programs, as well as city agencies that run feeding programs for vulnerable populations, including the Denver Public Schools. These funds will also be used for sanitation and strengthening of food pantry throughout the city.

Non-profit and business assistance: $ 6.5 million to support grants to non-profit organizations ($ 2.2 million) and small businesses ($ 4.3 million). This is in addition to the existing grants and assistance provided by the Denver Office of Economic Development & Opportunities.

Community health and safety needs: $ 5 million to support public health programs and sustainable safety needs, including extensive community testing, sanitation equipment for businesses, non-profit homes and nursing homes, and personal protective equipment.

Layoff Notification: Czarnowski Display Service told the state labor department in a May 15 letter that they laid off 53 people between May 22 and June 10 “because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The company hopes that business will recover in the future so that we can re-employ some of the affected employees, but we don’t know whether or when that happens,” wrote a company official.

The company said it also laid off several employees in March, but the number did not reach a threshold that requires companies to notify the country.

53 employees who were laid off in the coming weeks included carpenters, forklift drivers and project managers, according to the letter.

The Maven Hotel in Dairy Block, meanwhile, said in a May 15 letter to the state that they returned 84 employees who were previously on leave to payroll on April 26 as a result of receiving federal Payroll Protection Program funds.

Maven Hotel, which is operated by Sage Hospitality, reopened last Friday. But in his letter, the hotel said it would lay off 52 more employees temporarily on June 16, even though the hotel would remain open after that date.

Contribution: The Colorado Association of Realtors Foundation said this week that they gave $ 125,000 in grants to three Colorado nonprofits to help people experiencing housing-related emergencies. Habitat for Humanity of Colorado and the Colorado Coalition for Homelessness were each given $ 50,000. Brothers Redevelopment awarded $ 25,000.

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