COLORADO SPRINGS — Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on the state's COVID-19 response and discussed the restaurant industry Tuesday afternoon.
Polis addressed the increase in COVID-19 in the state and said the effort in the next few weeks to decrease these cases will set up the state for a better holiday season. He pointed out that Colorado's three-day positivity rate has surpassed 5%.
He also focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on our state's restaurant industry and how they've adapted during this time.
"Winter weather is fast approaching," he said and called on city leaders to focus on how to make outdoor dining survive during the winter.
Polis was joined by Sonia Riggs, president & CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association, Aileen Reilly, owner of Beast + Bottle and Coperta, and Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy Colorado during the discussion on how Coloradans can support the restaurant industry during this time.
Polis announced a new workshop that would help support Colorado restaurants navigate the winter months and "create feasible ideas for outdoor dining concepts through Colorado’s cold- weather months." Click here for more information.
Jackson also announced Xcel Energy Colorado would invest $500,000 to assist the restaurant industry for the upcoming season.
This follows Friday's update where the governor said there has been a significant increase in hospitalizations in white Coloradans, and ages 60 to 69 are seeing most hospitalizations recently. The average length of hospitalizations has been typically four to five days with some patients requiring longer hospitalizations.