A Message from Mayor Coffman - Nov. 20, 2020

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Nov. 20, 2020
Posted on 11/20/2020
Mayor Coffman speaks on his weekly Facebook show

Rapid Spread of COVID-19 Has Counties at “Severe Risk”

In response to rapidly expanding transmission of COVID-19 in the state, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released an updated public health order that updates the COVID-19 dial framework. The order updates Level Red to indicate counties where there is severe risk of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, while allowing some businesses to remain open at very limited capacity. All three counties in which Aurora sits (Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas) are moving to Level Red effective Friday, Nov. 20.

A sixth level, Level Purple: Extreme Risk, will be added to the dial, representing when hospital capacity risks being breached and most businesses and indoor services must be closed. No counties are currently at Level Purple.

Level Red means several new restrictions, including:

  • No personal social gatherings with people not in your household
  • No indoor dining (takeout, curbside, delivery and outdoor dining still allowed)
  • 8 p.m. last call on alcohol service
  • 10% capacity in gyms and offices
  • 50% capacity in critical and non-critical retail stores
  • No indoor seated or unseated events

In addition, a nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. continues for public places in Adams County, with exceptions for necessary activities. For more details on the dial framework and new restrictions, go to COVID19.Colorado.gov.

Because of the impact on local restaurants from the loss of indoor dining, I am reviving my Mayor’s Restaurant Challenge and encouraging residents, if they are able, to order takeout from an Aurora restaurant at least once a week. Let’s help support one another through this difficult time.

As we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, local public health experts are advising residents to keep wearing masks and washing hands, get a flu shot, and comply with reduced capacity limits as they apply to businesses and other activities. For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit AuroraGov.org/COVID-19.


Free COVID-19 Testing Available at Multiple Sites in Aurora

At the Aurora Center for Active Adults parking lot in Del Mark Park, 30 Del Mar Circle, there is a community testing site open until further notice, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance and no proof of identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not required.

Additionally, free rapid testing is available at the Restoration Christian Fellowship parking lot, 15660 E. Sixth Ave., Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., especially for those who have symptoms, do not have insurance or are experiencing homelessness. Limited testing supplies are available each day.


City of Aurora Helping Out Small Businesses With Free Content Creation Studio

To support the marketing efforts of small businesses struggling during COVID-19, the city of Aurora is opening a new Small Business Content Creation Studio—believed to be one of the first of its kind launched by a municipality nationwide. Currently based at The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., the studio is designed to provide Aurora businesses the space and equipment they need to create effective online marketing content.

The studio features professional photographic cameras, lighting and space for small businesses to generate high-quality and impactful photographs and video content to enhance their online business presence. Use of the studio and equipment is available free of charge, but by appointment only. Appointments are limited at this time due to COVID-19 and the city’s concern for the community’s health and safety.

The city is hosting a virtual information session from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 9 for businesses that want to find out more. Additional open houses are scheduled for Amharic speakers from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Dec. 9, for Spanish speakers from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 10, and for Korean speakers from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Small Business Content Creation Studio is operating with support from the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center and the city’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs.

To connect with an information session and learn more, go to AuroraGov.org/CCStudio. To ask questions, email ccstudio@auroragov.org.


Nominate an Outstanding Business for Recognition Awards Program

The city of Aurora is accepting nominations from the community until Dec. 31 for its annual Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005 to celebrate successful businesses that are leaders in the workplace and community.

The program recognizes not only the economic vitality that businesses of all sizes and types bring to Aurora, but also the support these businesses provide to their employees and broader community. Award winners will be honored in the spring 2021 in a virtual format.

Given the current public health crisis, this year’s winners will be recognized in light of that context. Nominees will be evaluated by one or more of the following criteria: resiliency during the pandemic, innovation, creativity and sustainability; community impact; job retention; and ability to provide essential services. Special consideration also will be given to businesses with 15 or fewer employees.

Nominees must be licensed in the city of Aurora and registered with the state of Colorado.

Visit AuroraGov.org/BusinessAwards for more details, to view a list of past award winners and to complete a nomination form. For more information, contact Elena Vasconez at 303.326.8808 or evascone@auroragov.org.


Mayor Mike Live – 3 p.m. Fridays on Facebook and AuroraTV.org

I will continue to participate remotely for “Mayor Mike Live” through the end of November. This Friday, Nov. 20, the CEO of Visit Aurora will join me to discuss the COVID-19 impact on the local tourism industry and provide an update on recent projects; also, a city retail specialist will discuss how Aurora has been supporting local establishments in innovating ways. As always, you can join the discussion with your questions on these topics. And to watch live, tune in at the city’s Facebook page or at AuroraTV.org.

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