With some much information being announced daily about the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a review and preview of what is going on in Southern Colorado as it pertains to the virus:
Last week, Governor Polis decided to allow the stay-at-home order to expire, and transition to 'Safer at home' phase.
This new phase will allow some business to re-open, but with the caveat of weighing the risks, both for the business owners and customers.
Gov. Polis also announced the e-learning will take place for the remainder of the school year in all districts. Polis also warned districts that e-learning could continue into next school year as well.
Eagle County's application to re-open was granted by Governor's office, making them the first county in the state to re-open. Mesa County has also applied to re-open and other are expected to follow. Other counties like Denver, Jefferson and Boulder county has decided to extend their stay-at-home order through May 8th.
The popular Territory Days, a Colorado Springs tradition, has been canceled due to COVID-19.
We here at News 5 have kicked off our new 'Rebound' campaign, which focuses on how we come out of this COVID-19 pandemic together. We are taking your thoughts and ideas and are featuring them in all newscasts everyday.
News 5 have also kicked off our 'Front Line Heroes' & 'Congrats to Grads' features were you can thank our front line heroes and congratulate 2020 graduates, who have seen there graduations altered.
President Trump announces on Friday he is signing a second edition of the paycheck protection program. This will move another half trillion to support small bussinesses around the country.
With the transition to Safer at Home, Gov. Polis is allowing salons and other personal service businesses to re-open starting on May 1st. If a business chooses to re-open, they most follow stricter guidelines and make precautions to adhere to social distancing.
On May 4th, Gov. Polis will also allow office based businesses to return to work.
News 5 is looking ahead to tourism season, especially in Colorado Springs & Canon City. Specifically, we are digging deeper on the rafting industry and how COVID-19 is effecting their business.
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