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Posted at 8:31 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 16:54:43-04

The latest order by Gov. Jared Polis suspends all dine-in services at bars and restaurants across the state for until April 30. Places where people gather in close proximity or in large numbers, such as gyms, casinos, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and theaters are also under this suspension.

News5 is keeping track of what businesses, places and resources you can continue to use in communities across southern Colorado. If you are a representative of an organization that would like to be included or special accommodations being made for the coronavirus, please reach out via email - news@koaa.com

Resources for workers

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is offering unemployment benefits if your employer is closed or operating at fewer hours. Their website states "if you work for a ski resort or other employer that closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19" then you may be eligible to file an unemployment claim.

To find out if you're able to take advantage of this claim, click here for the department's Frequently Asked Questions page.

Restaurants and bars

Restaurants and bars will have to stop dine-in services until April 30 after an executive order was issued by Gov. Jared Polis. Most restaurants, fast-food spots and bars will offer take-out orders or deliveries.

These businesses are encouraged to offer food and beverage using a delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. These establishments may allow up to five members of the public at one time on the premises 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.

If you're feeling wary about leaving your home, there are still food delivery services operating. Uber Eats is offering to waive delivery fees for independent restaurants in both the U.S. and Canada. During this time, Uber Eats says local restaurants are depending on customer demand to stay afloat. Grubhub is offering no-contact delivery along with DoorDash and Postmates to allow safe distance for both employees and customers.

Here is a map of restaurants that are open for take-out orders and/or deliveries in southern Colorado. For specific information, be sure to call the restaurant.

Businesses that have reached out via the submission box on koaa.com/open are also included in the map as blue pins.

Click the top left corner button for the list of restaurants and businesses on the map:

The following food trucks are still operating. Click on the business name to view their schedule:Wheel CoffeeOno FoodsRoc and Ro Sushi on the GoMarlee Rae'sDouble D's BBQ Shack
If you are looking to support your local Colorado Springs restaurants & bars, please check out this link for more local options.

If you would like to be included, be sure to send us an email to news@koaa.com:

Grocery stores and shopping centers

As of right now, grocery stores and pharmacies are not impacted. Some stores have updated their hours of operation to help keep up with restocking products and sanitizing the area.

  • King Soopers is now open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Senior only time will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7 a.m. until 8 a.m.
  • Target is continuing with normal business hours. They are still fulfilling online orders and Drive Up services, but they said they are facing some delays due to high demand. Senior only time is on Wednesdays 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.
  • Whole Foods senior only time is each day from 7a.m. until 8 a.m.
  • Dollar General stores will offier senior only time fist hour of each day 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.
  • Aldi stores are offering senior only time Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
  • Big Lots will have senior only time each day from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.
  • Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The company says stores operating under more reduced hours will continue. Senior only time is on Tuesdays from 6 a.m. until 7a.m.
  • Trader Joe's changed its hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help increase cleaning. They have also suspended all food/beverage samples. Senior only time is each day from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.
  • Costco says they are asking customers to practice social distancing in the store and limiting items for purchase for customers. Senior only time is Tuesday and Thursdays 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.
  • Sam's Club is encouraging the use of their Scan & Go app to help avoid checkout lines and they are providing hand sanitizer at registers/exits. Senior only time is Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.
  • Safeway remains open and they are also hiring in-store employees, delivery drivers and distribution center employees in Denver. Senior only time is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. For more information, click here
  • Save A Lot offers fresh meat, quality fruits, vegetables, and all your grocery store needs
  • Colorado Ranch Market is open and helps support Colorado-based neighbors and agriculture

The grocery delivery service Shipt is still providing at-home deliveries. They are providing door drop-offs to give the option of no-contact delivery and they are also giving two weeks of financial help to those diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed under quarantine by a health professional.

Every Wednesday, Target is offering the elderly and those with compromised immune systems the first hour of shopping. Dollar General is also offering the first hour of operation each day to be for senior citizens only. The company also announced that locations will begin closing an hour earlier to give employees a chance to clean and restock.

Chapel Hills Mall will have reduced hours Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sundays, they will operate 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The mall said store hours may vary and to call ahead if you're planning to visit.

Free student meals

As schools are closed amid coronavirus concerns, there are still area district offering breakfast and lunch to children. To receive these meals, your child does not have to be eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Visit our list of districts and locations, here.

Resources for senior citizens

Operations are slightly shifting at places like Silver Key, Care and Share Food Bank, and the Senior Resource Development Agency in Pueblo. Efforts are being made to help the elderly get food and other items to limit their contact with the public, but they need your help. For more information, click here.

Parks and recreation

The outdoors and enjoying our local parks is a great way to battle cabin fever. According to the City of Colorado Springs website, there are over 500 trails you can utilize. Keep in mind to practice social distancing even while outside.

In Pueblo, you can enjoy places like Pueblo Mountain Park, Lake Pueblo and numerous trails. For a map of parks and trails, click here. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has not shut down any officers, parks or campgrounds at this time.

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