We know that this has been a difficult summer for our entire community, and are so grateful to each and every one of you who are doing everything you can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Denver.
Unfortunately we are seeing an uptick in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 across the state, as well as in our city. As a result, we wanted to share the following important announcements with you:
- This week Governor Polis instituted a mandatory mask order in Colorado. Everyone over the age of 10 is required to wear a mask when in public, indoor spaces, unless exempted. Children under the age of three should never wear a mask. For more information, click here.
- As of Monday, July 13th, Denver City Council moved entirely to a virtual platform. This means that all committees, council meetings, public comment sessions and office hours will be virtual until further notice. All Council committees, public comment sessions and meetings are accessible via Zoom (so you can call in via phone or use a computer to access). Click here for more information on how to access Council online. To ensure access for all, the City & County Building will be open so that the public can watch the meetings and comment in chambers.
- Denver Public Schools announced yesterday that they will delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year one week. School will now begin Monday, August 24. It will be 100% remote learning until at least September 8th. If your family needs an internet hotspot or computer, they will be available the week of August 17th. Find out more information here.
We are working hard to find ways to support you and your family during this difficult time. Please read on for updates on some of the changes that have been made this summer to City and State services, based on feedback we have received from community members. Also below are links to support services for residents, businesses, and volunteers, as well as mental health support services for those who may be struggling right now.
We wish you and your families health and safety. Together we will get through this.
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
Denver City Council, District 5