PUEBLO — On Tuesday, Mayor Nick Gradisar's office announced that to flatten a new COVID-19 curve, the Mayor has instructed his department directors to reduce their in-person workforce to 25 percent.
On Friday, Pueblo County received a letter from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stating that Pueblo’s COVID-19 numbers are “High Risk” and in Level 3 on the state dial. As of Monday evening, Pueblo County had 1,614 total COVID-19 cases with 413 new positives in October, 13 new outbreaks, and 40 total deaths, according to the Mayor's office.
The release went on to say that Mayor Gradisar has instructed department directors to keep offices open for business and maintain a high-level of service through teleworking. Citizens who need to conduct city business are urged to do so electronically or over the telephone. If a person must conduct business in-person, they are requested to make an appointment first.
“We are taking this step now, in the hopes we don’t have to close the economy later,” said Mayor Gradisar. “We are encouraging organizations to look at ways to maintain social distancing or telework so our restaurants, small businesses and other services can stay open.”
Pueblo Municipal Courts will remain open, as will the Pueblo Sales Tax Division. Boards and Commissions meetings will return to a virtual format.
The order begins Wednesday, October 21 and runs to November 2, 2020.