Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Reply to Elevated COVID Restrictions Colorado Springs Information

On Monday, Colorado health officials said El Paso County must switch to “red” heavy risk Status for COVID-19, effective Friday evening, a change that closes restaurants for indoor dining and reduces offices and gyms to 10% capacity.

Aaron Kaufman, manager of Accolade Fitness, said the gym would “take 10% over 0%,” referring to the capacity allowed Friday night.

“I think a lot of it was expected – not if, but when,” said Kaufman of the “red” restrictions. “We were prepared for it. It’s something we talked about before the orange level.”

Kaufman said the gym at 4390 Arrowswest Drive will remain open as a reservation system required by the public health authority remains to be worked out. The west side of the gym on South 8th Street was closed on November 15 because of the cost of operating two gyms.

“We’re local and we’re still trying to make it.”

El Paso County’s move to red bans on indoor dining in restaurants and restricting outdoor dining to groups in the same household. Takeaway orders and roadside deliveries are still allowed.

Meredith Klube, the manager of Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub in downtown Colorado Springs, said she was “extremely concerned” about the upcoming ban on indoor dining.

“It will have a huge impact on our already difficult business,” she said. “With reduced capacity and public concerns about going out in general, it was already quite difficult to keep functioning as a company.”

Klube said the pub at 21 S. Tejon St. will remain open for takeout and delivery and will continue to serve on the outdoor terrace. But it “will likely have to lay off the majority of our employees,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s just as terrible for them as it is for us.”

“At least in the spring we had the promise of state aid. At the moment there is nothing that looks promising in the near future. “

“We’ll probably need some help to survive the second round at all,” she said, referring to the nationwide stay-at-home order.

The key for Mark Soto, owner of Slow Downz Texas Creole food truck, to keep business going during the pandemic is to be creative, even if it means pulling a trailer behind your Harley to deliver groceries.

“I think we can be bigger and more creative. There have been a lot of learning curves and we learn as we walk, ”said Soto.

Slow Downz is also a seller at COATI Uprise, 514 S. Tejon St., a food hall where chefs like Soto get kitchen capsules.

He said he closed the food truck for about two months this summer to serve outside of COATI, but with the new guidelines from Friday: “It’s in our best interests to reopen the food truck, to keep the jobs going and keep our brand going. But mostly out of love, ”said Soto.

The state health department apportioned the move to the district high COVID-19 transmission in the community, as well as a high positive test rate and overloaded hospital capacity in the county, according to a press release from El Paso County Public Health.

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