Message from the Mayor - Governor Orders Reduction of In-Person Workforce
Dear Louisville Resident,
We continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. In Colorado, we are up to 600 diagnosed cases. As a result, Governor Polis ordered on March 22nd that all non-critical workplaces reduce their in-person workforce by 50%, and more, if possible (see Executive Order 2020-13). Employers are urged to implement telework capabilities to the greatest extent possible. Workplaces that can ensure 6-foot spacing between employees and critical services like health care, essential retail, public safety and more are exempt from this order.
The Governor is also calling for all Coloradoans to stay home and only go out for necessities. He is urging everyone to reduce grocery shopping to once per week, recreate outdoors during off-peak times and continue to practice social distancing at a minimum distance of 6 feet. It is critical that we slow the spread of the virus. If we don’t, our health care system will be overwhelmed and doctors won’t be able to treat every patient.
Governor Polis recognized that we cannot sustain distancing forever and is asking all of us to really work hard at it now, so that we can be successful and restore our communities as quickly as possible. In addition to the efforts we are all making, the Governor has established an Innovation Response Team Task Force to develop mass testing with rapid results, develop virus tracking, create services for citizens that are quarantined or isolated and develop locally sourced alternatives for medical supplies. Our very own Councilmember Kyle Brown has been called on by the Governor to lead the testing team on the Task Force because of his extensive knowledge and background. I am so proud to have a member of the Louisville community leading this effort and know that he is the best person for the job. Thank you to Kyle for your sacrifice for Colorado and putting others before yourself!
I personally would like to ask all Louisville employers to please comply with the Governor’s order and go above and beyond if possible. I would also like to reiterate my plea to residents to be Safer at Home! While not mandated at this time, I urge everyone to stay home and limit non-essential trips. If we all do our part to protect those most at risk (i.e. people who are 60 years and older, have underlying health conditions, have weakened immune systems or are pregnant), we can help slow the spread of the virus. We all know someone who is at risk and needs our support. We can do this by avoiding unnecessary trips outside of the home that expose ourselves and others to the disease. If you know someone who is at risk, you can help by doing little things like picking up their groceries when you get yours and dropping them off on their doorstep.
I hope you will join me in taking these necessary steps. Also please remember to protect yourself by doing the following:
- If you are sick, stay home. Contact a health care provider for guidance if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently – remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others (within 6 feet).
The recent events have impacted many members of our community. If you are in need of support, please visit the City’s website at https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update/community-resources to learn more about community resources. On March 20th, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-012, which limits evictions, foreclosures and public utility disconnections and expedites unemployment insurance claims to provide relief to those impacted.
For more information, visit the City’s website at https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update. If you have questions, please contact Boulder County Public Health. You can also call the Colorado Health Emergency Line at 1-877-462-2911 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for answers in English and Spanish. Please remember to be Safer at Home and do our part to help slow the spread.
Mayor Ashley Stolzmann