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Rise in COVID-19 won't stop Thanksgiving in Pueblo

Posted at 6:09 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 20:47:14-05

PUEBLO — Business is as usual for Gagliano's Italian Market.

Even though Pueblo County's cases have spiked dramatically in the last week and people are encouraged to host smaller Thanksgivings this year, the popular local market has not seen a decrease in business compared to last year.

"Business is flat. It's about the same," said Vince Gagliano, who co-owns the business with his family. He even said that this year he's made more of Gagliano's famous italian sausage than ever.

One Gagliano's regular said that Pueblo is a town big on tradition, so he thinks that Thanksgiving will be fairly normal.

Mayor Gradisar is urging that if anyone in Pueblo insists on spending Thanksgiving with extended family, they be sure to quarantine prior to the holiday to help stop the virus from spreading.

"Quarantine," Gradisar stressed. "Because if you don't do that, then you have extended family together for Thanksgiving, chances are that someone in your family will be in the ICU or need hospitalization at Christmas.”

However, Thanksgiving is nine days away and today the total number of Coronavirus cases in Pueblo reached 5,061. The Gagliano family is heading the Mayor's warning by hosting their own family, curbside pick-up for their Thanksgiving meal.

"When you come from a bigger family you've got to make some sacrifices that you wouldn't do in times before," said Gagliano.

Gradisar empathized with Gagliano's message, saying "Nobody really likes what we're going through, but in some respects, it's a small price to pay to get us to the other side."

As of right now Pueblo remains at a level Orange on the COVID-19 Status Dial, but expects to have updates pertaining to restrictions as the week continues. In the meantime Gagliano's is still offering call-in orders, 719-544-6058, and curbside pick-up.