COLORADO SPRINGS — In Colorado Springs, local owners of businesses & restaurants are seeing the impact of the new curfew put in place by Major John Suthers.
For restaurants, late-night spots will not be able to serve food past the curfew, creating concerns that it will be even harder to recover from the financial hit of COVID-19.
This week, many restaurants got the go-ahead to reopen their doors with new restrictions due to the pandemic.
For many eateries in downtown Colorado Springs, it isn't the 10 p.m. curfew that concerns them. It is the perception that downtown isn't safe due to the recent violence with the protests and police.
"It's really scary to have had everything that happened the last two months, and then we finally get permission to open at a very significantly reduced capacity, and now a lot of our even real loyal customers are saying I'm not coming back down there until it's safe," explained Meredith Klube, business manager for Jack Quinns.
For regular businesses, like gas stations, the curfew has also had an impact, as many businesses are now closed past 10 p.m. that are normally open 24 hours.
For gas stations, you still will be able to pump gas (credit only), but not be able to access the store itself.