JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4)– Several metropolitan areas are moving to Level Clear on Sunday, including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, and Jefferson. With Level Clear, companies can be at 100% capacity with no reduction requirements other than the state mandate for inner masks.
Dawn Johnson owns the mainstream boutique on Southlands Mall. She says it was difficult to do business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“How many Americans would I never want to see again this year,” says Dawn. “We’ve all spent a lot of stress just trying to survive.”
During the pandemic, she switched her business to pickup and online shopping, but she says it’s not the same: “We used to hug all of our customers, we haven’t hugged any of our customers in over a year.”
She says she relies on walk-in businesses generated from restaurants and the movie theater. It really hurt with those who are closed or faced with capacity constraints themselves.
“We’re making up for some of that through our social selling, but nowhere near,” says Dawn.
The Mexican restaurant Las Margs in Commerce City also hurts. Owner Jacqueline Granados says many of her customers have switched take-out, but like Dawn, survival isn’t easy.
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“(It’s) a lot more work and just trying to be creative,” she says.
Relief is on the way. Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson Counties will move to Level Clear on Sunday. This means, among other things, no more restrictions for bars, schools, indoor events, outdoor events, casinos, fitness studios and offices.
In connection with this, the counties will also begin an observation period of 90 days. As COVID hospital admissions rise, they will have more restrictions again.
Both Jacqueline and Dawn say they are ready to do business.
Jacqueline says: “We are very excited. We look forward to seeing things return to normal as soon as possible. “
Denver says they are still evaluating the situation but will likely coordinate with their neighboring countries. There is still a nationwide mandate for face masks. Even though the seats are fully open, customers and employees are still required to wear a mask.
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The Tri-County Health Department confirmed that Adams and Arapahoe will move to Level Clear. Douglas County opted out of the Department of Health’s simplified public health ordinance and voted Tuesday to oppose the state’s mask mandate.