• Emily Holben Walker

City and County of Denver Issues Stay At Home Order

Public Health Order

Dear neighbors and friends, Denver Mayor Hancock has issued a Stay at Home Order that will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. There are moments when I think to myself that all of this doesn't seem real. We are strong. Please support each other and look out for one another.  We are in this together. All of us around the world. Take care of yourself and be well, Emily Emily Holben Walker President of the Board University Hills Neighborhood Association

Stay at Home Order for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced a new Public Health Order with an explicit stay at home directive for the City and County of Denver that will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The order continues through April 10 and may be extended as needed. The Mayor is urging all community residents and businesses to escalate their observance of previous stay at home guidelines amid the worsening COVID-19 epidemic. The order requires that all people in the City and County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible. The order also calls for Denver Metro regional municipalities to follow the broad consensus among public health professionals that every effort should be made, by all persons, to conduct only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being, such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and/or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running, and continuing the strict observance of physical distancing practices. What Does this Mean for Food Providers & Food Access in Denver?  We know many food providers, pantries, groceries, etc. are wondering what the impact will be on your vital operations to ensure food access across the city and Denver metro region. To be clear, pantries, groceries and emergency food providers will be considered essential services and allowed to continue their operations and programs, especially around deliveries and pick up options for the food insecure. While farmers are not explicitly listed, they are a source of “groceries,” and we have been clear and direct with the Mayor’s office that our food producers are a crucial part of our emergency food network. Community members will still be able to leave their homes to visit pantries, grocery stores and farms to access food. Restaurants will continue remain open for take-out and delivery. We will answer more questions as best we are able on the emergency food providers bi-weekly call. The next call is tomorrow Tuesday 3/24/20 from 3-4pm (Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/403636333 Meeting ID: 403-636-333) and on Friday 3/27 from 3-4pm. To be added to the invitation for this series of calls, please contact lauren.howe@denvergov.org. Read the full Stay at Home Public Health Order