Montrose, CO — After issuing a Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency Monday afternoon, the City of Montrose is continuing to adjust operations to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, while continuing to provide essential city services and help local businesses.
According to Montrose County Public Health, at this time there are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montrose County, but there are confirmed cases in some neighboring communities.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday the City Council hosted its first virtual City Council meeting. Residents were asked to call in during public comment or email their comments for the public record rather than attend in person due to the closure of Council Chambers to the public.
"It’s unprecedented," said City Clerk Lisa DelPiccolo.
A number of agenda items have been postponed to future council meetings.
With City Hall closed, public access to departments, including utility billing, Municipal Court, building, and planning have moved to the Visitor Center’s customer service area at 107 South Cascade. City Hall employees can still be contacted at 970.240.1400, and online business can still take place at CityofMontrose.org.
At the Black Canyon Golf Course and the city’s Visitor Center’s customer service area in downtown, customer service windows have been installed to protect both the public and city employees.
CITY MANAGER ASSIGNS LOCAL BUSINESS TASK FORCE
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis ordered the closure of dine-in services at restaurants and bars throughout the state as he furthers efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
He also ordered gyms, casinos, theaters, coffeehouses, cigar bars, brewpubs, and distillery pubs to close. More information can be found here.
The City of Montrose is making every effort to act QUICKLY to help the local economy.
Events that will occur every week until the disaster is over:
Wednesdays - Business update Zoom Call 8:30 am
• Sign up here!
• 30 minutes
• Recorded for later viewing
• Will include labor/employment, business relief, and local economic boosting ideas
• Will include a sheet of resources emailed to registered attendees each week
Fridays - Montrose Dines-In (With Take-Out) Night
• Facebook event
• Encourages locals to get take-out or delivery on Friday nights
• Gives restaurants a way to advertise
Saturdays - Montrose Buys Local
• Encourage locals to buy one product or service or a gift card from a local business every Saturday
• Encourage over-the-phone payments or online ordering
• Helps local retailers advertise
We are the Lunch Crowd
• Large local employers to work with local restaurants to order boxed lunches on a regular schedule
• City will participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays
• Work with restaurants to have a set menu with a set price to keep it simple
• Rotate with restaurants who are on the list
The city strongly encourages customers and residents who do not need to conduct business with the city in-person to use email, phone, and web-based communication. The city has created a community resource web page that will serve as a community information guide with daily updates at www.cityofmontrose.org/COVID19.
Community COVID-19 information:
• Montrose County Public Health COVID-19 hotline: 970-252-4545.
• Montrose County Public Health information: MontroseCounty.net/COVID19.
• Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
• Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
• For public meeting notices: www.cityofmontrose.org/notifyme