Polis announces measures aimed at combating economic impact of coronavirus

Polis announces measures aimed at combating economic impact of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus first appeared in Colorado March 5. Since then, the governor has closed restaurants for in-person services and limited public gatherings.

 

Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) announced a series of executive orders and guidance to private businesses Friday that he said are aimed at combating the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Those include relief for mortgage, rent and utility payments for people who have lost their jobs due to previous orders aimed at promoting social distance to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Polis said he will also allow restaurants — which have been closed to in-person dining — to sell alcohol to-go.

“Locally, the U.S. and of course the world have all been affected because of this outbreak and again, like so many things … it will get worse before it gets better,” Polis said.

Here are some of the items Polis announced Friday:

  • An executive order aimed at allowing the state’s unemployment office to expedite the payment of claims amid record filings.
  • The governor said he will ask for companies to allow for up to 90 days in the determent for payment for mortgages. Landlords are asked not to charge late fees for rent until April 30.
  • Polis has asked law enforcement to not use resources to respond to foreclosures or evictions.
  • Utility companies have been asked not to shut off service for people who cannot pay.
  • Polis has extended the state tax filing deadline to July 15, and said he is working with local municipalities to extend deadlines for their taxes.
  • Polis has assembled a team of economic advisers chaired by former Denver Mayor Federico Pena.

Polis’ announcement comes one day after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the city created a $4 million relief fund for small businesses and artists, who have essentially lost their livelihood due to the closure of restaurants and other gathering places in response to the novel coronavirus.

Hancock also emphasized Thursday that he has not placed the city under a shelter-in-place order yet, he couldn’t guarantee it wouldn’t happen within 48 hours. During Polis’ news conference, he did not order such a lockdown.

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