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Town Council has been advocating for a responsible and rapid reopening of local businesses. On May 20, Mayor Gray, with the complete support of Town Council, sent a letter to Governor Polis requesting that Castle Rock’s businesses be allowed to reopen as soon as possible while self-managing the safety protocols they deem best for their employees and customers, with input from the State health department.
With the full support of Town Council, Mayor Gray worked with the Douglas County Commissioners and Mayors to draft suggestions and plans for the reopening of Douglas County, including Castle Rock. This information was shared with Tri-County Health Department and the State as part of our request to reopen Castle Rock and Douglas County. The request was approved on May 22.
Castle Rock is subject to Governor Polis’ current public health orders; however, as mentioned above, Mayor Gray and Town Council continue to advocate for the rapid and safe reopening of businesses.
The Town has been meticulous in following the guidelines regarding the services and amenities provided by the Town. Additionally, The Town also has been actively involved in education about public health guidelines.
Discuss real solutions to slowly open the economy in a way that doesn’t fuel a second spike, getting businesses and citizens to work together to make as many people feel safe to shop and spend as possible, and a flexible plan to expand and contract commerce when/if there’s a COVID resurgence in 20/21?
The Town has allocated over $265,000 in grants and loans to assist small businesses in Castle Rock recognizing this economic harm coming from the pandemic. There were no stipulations on how the grant money was to be used, and the funds were awarded without any further conditions.
The Town continues to encourage everyone to follow the public health orders as it advocates for changes that safely open up businesses as soon as possible. The Town is working with the Castle Rock Chamber, the Downtown Business Alliance and the Castle Rock Economic Development Council to identify opportunities to help businesses open. For instance, the Town is allowing restaurants, bars and similar businesses to apply to temporarily expand their outdoor seating areas to serve additional customers while maintaining social distancing requirements. If a contraction is needed due to a COVID resurgence, we’re better prepared as a result of the measures we’ve already taken and what we’ve learned along the way.