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Statement from Mayor Larsen Based on Governor’s Press Conference

As we all heard from the Governor this afternoon, the state is taking new steps to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. New measures are taking effect across the state for the next thirty days. Restaurants will remain open for take-out and delivery, but there will be no more in-house dining. All other places where large numbers of people gather are also going to be closed. We’re being asked to take self-isolation to the next level in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Our grocery and hardware store will remain open, but we should make every effort to only go shopping there when it is necessary. Stay home, wash your hands, spend time with your family and pets.

As of today, there remains no evidence of a COVID-19 case here in Nederland. It is unlikely that that will remain the case for much longer, but we can all do our part to ensure that the number of cases here stays as low possible by taking this seriously and staying home. By doing so, we’re protecting our families, friends, and neighbors.

We have a strong network of non-profits and county and town staff who are weaving a safety net to help Peak-to-Peak resident who are being hurt economically by the closures. The Nederland Food Pantry, the EFAA Mountain Resource Liaison, and the Nederland Area Seniors are actively responding to needs, and the Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Alliance is making sure all human service agencies are in communication and our locals are getting the best, most up-to-date information on benefits and assistance. We will continue to post information on social media and in the Mountain Ear with updates on who to contact for assistance.

Crises like this bring out the best in Nederland. We have been through them together during wildfires, the floods of 2013, and crippling snowstorms. Already in the last week, Nederland has shown how we’re going to weather this. We have worked together to make difficult decisions that I know will make the coming weeks easier on all of us and we will continue to take care of each other. This is a new situation for all of us, but I know that our care for each other is stronger than the difficulties ahead.

This will pass in a few weeks or months. We will return to our normal lives, schools will be back in session, and we will meet in our local shops, restaurants, bars, breweries, and coffeehouses to hug each other and speak of how this has made us stronger, brought us together, and shown what it is to be a part of this special community.

Kristopher Larsen

Nederland Colorado Mayor