LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Larimer County’s Stage Up Program acquired the inexperienced gentle from the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere on Wednesday. This system is just like the state’s 5 star variance program.
Companies in Larimer County can now apply to get a variance to function at Stage Orange which has fewer restrictions than the present Stage Crimson. Companies would must be inspected, authorised and authorized earlier than transferring to Stage Orange.
If the county ought to transfer to Stage Orange, companies can apply to function at Stage Yellow.
“This might make the distinction between survival and closure for therefore a lot of our enterprise companions. We admire the unimaginable work of our native Well being Division workers and our companions to make this occur,” stated Ann Hutchison, Govt Vice President of the Fort Collins Space Chamber.
State approval for this system comes lower than every week after Larimer County introduced it was not eligible for the program, because it had not seen sustained two week declines in COVID-19 circumstances, % positivity and hospitalizations. On Saturday, Mindy McCloughan, President and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, informed CBS4 she anticipated the county to satisfy these targets by Wednesday.
Steve Johnson, Larimer County Commissioner, tells CBS4 greater than 200 companies helped county officers create this system. Transferring ahead, a number of of these enterprise homeowners will function ambassadors and assist mentor colleagues so that they create the right plans and keep in compliance. The county will even reply to complaints from neighborhood members.
“We’re very assured that these companies have gone above and past protocols they used this summer time after they did function safely, and we didn’t see an increase in our circumstances, so we might be watching the numbers very rigorously and dealing carefully with these companies and making any changes we want,” Johnson stated.
As of Wednesday, 40 companies in Larimer County have been being inspected and have been anticipated to be authorised within the afternoon. Officers say 20 extra companies could possibly be authorised subsequent week.
One of many first companies to go an inspection and open was Café Athens in Fort Collins. Supervisor Josh Nats stated he discovered in regards to the Stage Up program a number of weeks in the past and spent about ten hours getting ready a plan and making use of.
“To have the ability to get the workers again, to succeed in out to buddies, to household, to all the local people and say, hey we’re again out right here for you, we fought for you, we’re prepared,” Nats stated.
Except for applying online, companies want a COVID-19 prevention plan and outbreak plan for every enterprise and/or enterprise location. Different security measures are required, resembling strict masks and social distancing guidelines, in addition to taking down names and telephone numbers of consumers for contact tracing.
Aside from gathering contact data from guests, Café Athens had already applied lots of the required security measures earlier this 12 months, Nats stated.
With the brand new certification, they’ll now function at 25% capability, which quantities to 25 individuals. Based on county officers, every desk can solely have visitors from one family nonetheless.
“We’re prepared, and we’re as protected as we probably could be to ensure you can come out along with your households,” Nats stated.
The Stage Up Program can solely be sustained if Larimer County retains its COVID-19 numbers (circumstances, positivity proportion and hospitalizations) at a two-week sustained decline.