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NoCo Now! Challenging Times for Northern Colorado Businesses
North Forty News interviewed Morgen Harrington of Grimm Brothers Brewery in Loveland about the challenges businesses are facing in today’s time.
A planning committee for Larimer County Level Up Pilot Program met with Governor Jared Polis’s Office on Thursday, December 10, to present a draft plan and advocate for the Level Up Program’s approval.
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, the Loveland and Fort Collins Area Chambers of Commerce, the Cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, Town of Estes Park, Windsor, Berthoud, and Wellington have continued to advocate for businesses as Level Red on the State’s Safer at Home Dial has negatively impacted businesses. The Larimer County Level Up Pilot Program requires approval from the State as variances are currently not allowed for Counties within Level Red.
Partners of the Level Up Pilot Program have been working closely with local businesses to create and design a draft plan for the Program. The draft plan would allow businesses operating at the highest levels of safety to open at a greater capacity if approved.
The Governor’s office complimented the team who presented the draft plan on their presentation and the amount of work completed on the Level Up Program. Representatives of the Governor’s office encouraged the team to continue making progress and making multiple modifications from a reconsideration of capacity limits to pre-certification.
The State will be releasing a state-wide business program framework on Friday, December 11, to guide counties regarding applying for a variance program. Community partners are scheduled to meet with the Governor’s office again next week to speak about the Level Up Program and how it concurs with the state framework.
It is vital to continue building this program for Larimer County as partners continue to work with the State on options so that the area can be ready as soon as anything changes and have an opportunity to move forward. The Level Up Administrative Committee is continuing their work of preparing for approval of a plan.