Denver District 5 | November 2020
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer | District 5
720-337-5555 |  DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org
Chief of Staff: JoyAnn Ruscha | Senior Aide: Logan Fry
Aide: Sara Visser | Aide: Jenn Gross
Dear Neighbors,

As you no doubt know, COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise at a rapid pace. Effective 5 PM, Friday, November 20th, the State of Colorado is requiring Denver County to adopt greater public health restrictions. Denver Public Health and Environment is adopting Level Red which includes the following restrictions:


Restaurants, Liquor Stores and Recreational Marijuana
  • Indoor dining is temporarily closed
  • Outdoor dining remains open for tables from the same household
  • Last call for outdoor restaurant alcohol service is 8 p.m.
  • On-premises alcohol consumption at restaurants and bars must stop at 10 p.m.
  • Alcohol takeout and delivery closes by 10 p.m.
  • Liquor store sales and delivery closes by 10 p.m.
  • Recreational marijuana remains open until 10 p.m.

Retail and Offices
  • Critical and non-critical retail, including indoor malls, are limited to 50 percent occupancy
  • Offices are limited to 10 percent occupancy

Gyms, Fitness Centers and Yoga Studios
  • Gyms and fitness facilities are limited to 10 percent occupancy, 10 people per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10. Reservations are required.

Sporting Events
  • No spectators at high and college athletic events
  • Adult and youth recreational sports are banned

Houses of Worship
  • Level Red same as Orange for life rites: 25 percent occupancy or 50 people per room

Events & Venues
  • Indoor events banned
  • Outdoor events are limited to 25 percent occupancy or 75 people


We have included links to the full Public Health Order, a FAQ sheet about the health order that should answer many of the questions you are sure to have, and we have also included links to City and State support and resources below. Wishing you and yours health and safety during this time.

Gratefully,

Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
District 5
COVID-19 General City & State Services

As a general starting place for more information, please go to the City's Recovery Guidance & Planning page.

To locate local businesses that are open and operating during this time, head to www.WeAreOpenDenver.com.

City Council has added funds and changed qualification requirements to our Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance (TRUA) Program to better serve the community. Find out more here.

City Council has worked in partnership with the Mayor's Office and several community service providers to create and fund the Left Behind Workers Fund, for those who do not qualify for Federal support. Find out more here.

The City of Denver has also created a temporary Mortgage Assistance Fund, to support those who would qualify for the TRUA program but need assistance with their mortgages. Find out more here.

The City of Denver has created the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund to help assist nonprofit organizations that are struggling during this time through mini-grants. The program is temporarily on hold due to administrative issues but you can find out more here.

The City of Denver has set up the Economic Relief and Recovery Council, and worked to support our small businesses by allowing the temporary outdoor expansion of Restaurants and Bars. Click here to find out more or apply to this program.

The State of Colorado has created its own Rental Assistance Program to assist landlords with supporting their residents who need help paying rent. Find out more here.
COVID-19 Support Information for Businesses

Much of the economic recovery response for businesses is coming from a coordinated effort between the State and Federal governments, with additional support from the City. For the most up-to-date information on support services offered by the City of Denver, please go to our COVID-19 response page or call 3-1-1. Here are some additional links that may also be helpful during this time:






COVID-19 Mental & Emotional Health Support
This is an extraordinary situation and you may be feeling like you need additional support. Please know that you’re not alone. If you need immediate assistance call 911, otherwise, here are additional resources to support your mental and emotional health:


  • Call CO Help at 1.877.462.2911 to speak with the local public health department