Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Monday morning.
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Polis hopeful restaurants and camping can resume this month, says 'safer at home' data will guide decisions
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he is hopeful that restaurants, bars and campsites can open this month but that the data that presents itself in the fourth week of May – which will show how the “safer at home” phase has affected COVID-19 spread in the state – would be the guiding factor on when and how they open. Polis said he was “excited” the rest of the state was ready to move to the next phase and to get back to work in a limited fashion. But he emphasized that people need to be responsible and reiterated a common line of his during the COVID-19 outbreak: “This is not a free-for-all.”
Group planning in-person graduation celebration for D60 seniors
Coronavirus has upended plans for many of us, in particular the class of 2020. School District 60 in Pueblo has been working on virtual commencement ceremonies, but there's also a grassroots movement planning to hold an in-person celebration of the graduates this July. The group is called We Stand Together for Graduation on Facebook, and those helping to organize the event said they have booked the ThunderBowl Stadium at Colorado State University-Pueblo for July 24 and 25.
Rain FINALLY back in the forecast!
After several dry weeks, rain is finally back in the forecast. Moisture will move into and out of the mountains from the late morning in waves through the afternoon and evening. Rain and thunderstorms will not be severe today (there is a very small chance for an isolated severe storm in the plains), and most of our moisture will wrap up in the early evening.
Dozens of people pack into Castle Rock restaurant in face of public health order
While hundreds of restaurants across Colorado continue offering take out and curbside service in accordance with the standing public health order, C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock had other plans for Mother's Day. Video taken inside the coffee shop shows booths packed, tables filled and a line snaking out the door.
Specialty shops struggle during pandemic
Colorado Springs Relax the Back store's owners are trying to find new ways to get customers inside. After weeks of waiting the doors are finally unlocked and the open sign is on once again. She and her husband bought the store a warehouse and two more shops in the Denver area in 2008 right when the recession began. She says they didn’t know any better back then about navigating these types of difficult times, but this is a whole other ballgame.
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