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5 things you need to know - December 18, 2020

Grocery store produce
Ice Castles in Dillon
Posted at 7:14 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 18:40:16-05

COLORADO — Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Friday morning.

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News5 Deep Dive: Grocery Shopping During COVID-19

Grocery stores are an essential service during the pandemic and recent concerns have come up from workers and small business owners in the community. As everyone works to get through the pandemic, there are certain protocols in place to keep everyone safe and steps public health leaders are encouraging everyone to take.

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Low-interest loan fund available to help Downtown Colorado Springs businesses

The Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority has established a $300,000 fund to help downtown businesses get through the slower winter months.

Approved owners will receive three monthly payments, each equal to half their monthly rent or mortgage payment, at a 2 percent fixed rate for 21 months. The first payment would be due by the end of September 2021, and the final payment is due by the end of September 2022.

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Old Colorado City launches alfresco dining this weekend

Small business owners in Old Colorado City hope that you'll dine outdoors with them this weekend. The Old Colorado City Partnership will kick off its first OCC Alfresco outdoor dining event Friday with patrons of Mother Muff's Kitchen and Spirits and Vino Colorado Winery at the Sweet Elephant eating and drinking under the stars.

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Dillon's Ice Castles to open December 19th at limited capacity

Ice Castles in Dillon are back with ice slides, crawl spaces, caves, and fountains illuminated at night. The entire construct spans about an acre, and while it may physically appear similar to castles in the past, the experience will be slightly different.

Employees and guests will be required to wear masks, wherever possible, tunnels and crawl spaces will be clearly marked as one-way features to limit face-to-face exposure with other guests, and visitor capacity will be limited to promote social distancing.
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Snow possible Friday but with limited coverage

Late morning and early afternoon a breezy front will bring light snow showers to the I-25 corridor and mountains. This snow will be very light, but may briefly reduce visibility on the roads. Expect a dusting in the plains, and an inch or two in the mountains.

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