PUEBLO, Colo. — Mayor Nick Gradisar signed an extension of the Declaration of a Civil Emergency and Emergency Curfew Thursday.
The curfew will be extended from 10 p.m. on Friday, November 13 until 5 a.m. on Friday, November 27. Pueblo Police Department has issued 11 curfew citations.
“I think everyone is frustrated,” said Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar, “the problem is the community spread is so widespread and you have to assume everyone you come in contact with has the virus, that’s my advice.”
Pueblo County is also joining El Paso County and moving to a higher level of restrictions. The State of Colorado moved Pueblo County to Level Orange: Safer-at-Home starting Saturday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m.
Pueblo County ranks 5th in the state when it comes to the fastest growing two-week incidence rate, according to the county public health department.
By moving back to tighter restrictions, all county variances will be suspended and most businesses will be moved to 25% capacity. The move comes as cases of COVID-19 rise at an alarming rate. For more information on the regulations that will be in place click on this link.
The news comes as Parkview and St. Mary’s Corwin hospitals continue to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases. In response, Parkview hospital has started to slow down elective inpatient procedures and will monitor them on a case by case basis.
“We have more COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started you know some days there are no ICU beds available,” said Mayor Gradisar.
Meanwhile, some gyms in Pueblo said the capacity change will be hard.
“We are down to 25%,” Owner of Pueblo Athletic Club Danny Beaudry said. “It’s not going to impact us because that’s how slow business is, we had a big 55 and over crowd and hardly any of them have been back.”
Pueblo Athletic Club said so far at least 300 people have canceled memberships, since the start of the pandemic.
“We tried to get back as many members and many don’t feel comfortable,” Beaudry explained.
In May, Colorado set up additional alternative care sites to meet capacity needs, including an alternative site at St. Mary Corwin where an additional 120 beds are currently available. Gradisar said he spoke with Governor Jared Polis on Thursday and he said the state isn’t at the threshold yet.