The following is a list of cancellations, closures and press releases from various agencies and organizations that will be useful information for Park County residents.
These listings were current as of Tuesday, March 17.
Office of the Governor
Govenor Jared Polis ordered bars, restaurants and other large gathering places across Colorado to close for the next 30 days in an aggressive new push to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as Denver and state leaders warned of dire consequences if the outbreak isn’t brought under control.
The governor’s order Monday afternoon (March 16), also will shutter theaters, casinos and gyms statewide. Restaurants and bars still will be allowed to offer carry-out, delivery and room service options, but no in-person dining.
The closures, economically perilous but designed to stymie person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus, are effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.
Platte Canyon School District RE-1
PCSD RE-1 will be closed beginning on Monday March 16, through Sunday, March 29, 2020. At the end of this period, we will reassess the situation to see if students and staff should return on March 30. Currently, we plan to return to school on Monday, March 30.
Platte Canyon School District RE-1
After conferring with Park County Health Department, I have decided we will indeed need to close the school next week (March 16-19,2020). Of course, we have spring break the following week so that will allow two weeks to see, what our next steps should be. I do not anticipate this situation will be over by then so please be prepared for anything.
Parents, you will receive an email with more detailed information on how the school will address learning for the next week. Our goal, of course, is for instruction to continue so valuable learning time is not lost. That email will also lay out plans for how student meals can continue during the closure.
In the meantime, the district is utilizing outside professionals to help us clean and disinfect the entire facility so we are prepared for the return of students.
Platte Canyon Fire Protection District
We at PCFPD are taking heightened and extra precautions for your safety and ours.
Effective immediately our meeting room will be unavailable for public use until further notice.
We apologize for any inconveniences.
Currently, Platte Canyon Fire Protection District administration office will remain open for regular business activities such as burn permits and other business. Our first responders will of course remain on duty and ready to serve.
We recommend that for up to date coronavirus information that you please seek your information from official websites such as the Colorado Department off Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.
Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
The DMV has authorized all counties to waive late fees for vehicle registration renewals. This is in effect for the period of the Governor’s emergency order. Customers are encouraged to utilize online services and self-service kiosks to complete eligible transactions.
The fee waiver will remain in place until such time as the emergency order is lifted.
‘The Department of Revenue is allowing Colordans to do more online and avoid in-person contact in our offices,” said Executive Director Lu Córdova. “We are proactively working to protect our customers and do our part to help prevent the spread of the virus.”
All Coloradans are encouraged to take advantage of the DMV’s 35 online services before visiting a DMV office. Go to mydmv.colorado.gov.
The Colorado High School Activities Association
All spring sports and activities will be suspended until April 6 to address concerns surrounding the on-going coronavirus pandemic, CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green announced on Thursday.
The 2020 spring sports season, including all practices and competition, the state speech tournament, and student leadership’s Advisor U, are suspended through April 6.
All music festivals are canceled through April 6. Additionally, an outreach with the Colorado Athletic Directors Association will be conducted remotely at a date to be announced.
The decision is effective Friday, March 13. The decision to continue competition on Thursday is up to local schools and school districts.
The situation will be monitored and evaluated with key decision-makers from around the state to determine when, or if, to resume the spring season.
We have made the difficult decision to suspend the operations of all our North American mountain resorts and retail stores beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22, and will use that time to reassess our approach for the rest of the season.
Our lodging and property management operations will remain open to service the guests we have on location or those with existing reservations, but we will not be taking new reservations for this upcoming week.
Epic Mountain Express, our Colorado shuttle service, will also continue operations to support the travel needs of our guests. We will be closing our corporate offices and apart from essential personnel, we will be asking other employees to work from home, where possible.
Hartsel Community Library
The Hartsel Community Library is closed until further notice
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
For Park County residents who have tickets to DCPA events, or were considering seeing a show at the center in Denver, the DCPA has released this information:
Please know that we have canceled “The SpongeBob Musical,” “Mean Girls” and “Improvised Shakespeare.”
We are considering our options to postpone or reschedule “Until the Flood,” “Choir Boy” and “Dixie’s Tube Top.” Additionally, all remaining winter classes are canceled, spring classes may be adjusted and our rental venues have lost events.
If you have tickets to an upcoming performance that is not listed here, decisions about that event have not been made. Visit denvercenter.org/response for updates. We will continue to look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Denver to guide our next steps
Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce
As of this evening the PCACC has decided to encourage any and all non-essential businesses to close business for the next two weeks. Within the following time operation viability to reopen will be assessed on a day to day basis per the Colorado Department of Health.
We feel as a board that proactivity now can avoid a larger problem and strain on our limited resources and emergency services down the road and ask for your participation.
We will be developing a strategy to provide business owners education and information to maintaining operations in the next couple weeks.
Dollar General stores
Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.
Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open
Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing. Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours.
Small Business Association
As a valued partner in the business community, I wanted to reach out and make sure you were aware of some of the resources SBA has been distributing during this challenging time.
I especially want to highlight our recently published guide for how small businesses can plan and respond for the coronavirus by visiting https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Regarding economic relief, last week Congress passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 6074).
The legislation expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include coronavirus. As a result, SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration.
Small businesses and private non-profits are eligible borrowers, and the loans themselves are up to $2 million with a maximum 30 year term. Current interest rates are 3.75 percent.
Our SBA Colorado District Office has been working closely with the Governor’s staff on the declaration process, and you can be assured they are moving in an expeditious manner. Upon approval of the declaration, small business owners in the declared counties will be encouraged to apply online via the Disaster Loan Application Portal at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. The electronic loan application will be screened by our processing center when it is received.
Please be aware that no formal declaration has been approved in your state as of today.