Governor's Public Health Order: What It Means for Businesses
On March 16, 2020 Governor Polis released Public Health Order 20-22 to close down certain businesses across the state of Colorado through April 30th in an effort slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The businesses affected include:
- Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption;
- Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;
- Cigar bars;
- Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls; and
Effective March 17, 2020 at 8:00 am, the places of public accommodation described in the public order are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public. Impacted places of business should work to immediately put appropriate procedures and processes in place to comply with the Public Order.
Restaurants are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. In offering this service, an establishment may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another while on premises.
The order does not apply to grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, except any portion of these entities that meet the closure requirements.
While the required closures are a significant challenge to our local businesses, the City understands that this order is necessary to address the ongoing community spread of COVID-19 and the associated public health impacts. We are here to offer support and guidance during this difficult time.
On March 15, the City declared a local disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its anticipated impact. The declaration allows the City to access emergency funds and Federal and State assistance if it becomes available in the future and also to adjust policies and procedures to ensure public health and welfare. The City is reviewing federal and state relief programs that may be available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will keep local businesses apprised of any financial assistance opportunities.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the City's website at https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update.