DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis held a news conference Friday morning announcing multiple new details about the way the state is handling the coronavirus outbreak. Included among those, Polis announced he is suspending a state rule which blocked restaurants from offering alcohol in their takeout and delivery service.

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Colorado is also taking action at the state level to provide relief — beyond the federal government’s actions — for evictions, foreclosures and utilities. The federal government is suspending foreclosures and evictions for 60 days.

Polis asked all utility companies to suspend service cutoffs in the state.

He also extended enrollment to sign up for healthcare coverage for those who have lost their job during the economic crisis, and requested a 90 day deferment of payment for consumer loans, like bank and car loans.

Also, through executive order, he asked law enforcement resources to not be used to enforce eviction orders.

“We can’t ask people to stay at home if we’re not giving them to tools they need to keep their home. Whether they’re renting or have mortgage payments. If people are going to stay in their home they need to have a home,” Polis said. “The spread of the virus was not your fault. You should not lose your home or utilities because a restaurant was forced to close down to prevent Coloradans from dying.”

Polis also announced new tax relief measures which extend the income payment deadline to July with no interest. A new economic council was also announced to help navigate Colorado’s future following the coronavirus pandemic. Several community business leaders serve on that council.

 

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Comments (2)
  1. Robert says:

    What restrictions are there on deferring my car payment for 90 days? Does the back have to be in Colorado?

  2. Susan Olsen says:

    My name is Susan Olsen and I live in Carbondale Colorado. Local news has said that Colorado is not getting enough supplies such as masks and tests for COVID-19. I have a suggestion to solve this problem.Why not go directly to a foundation and request supplies? One such organization that is sending supplies worldwide including some already to the US is the Jack Ma foundation. It seems like Governor Polis’ office Could make a formal request to this foundation and probably receive supplies more quickly than from the US government. From what I can see there are any number of organizations that could help with this. Please explore other supply chains for the people of Colorado. Thank you I hope you connect on this idea.
    could make a formal request to this foundation and probably receive supplies more quickly than from the US government. From what I can see there are any number of organizations that could help with this. Please explore other supply chains for the people of Colorado. Thank you I hope you connect on this idea.Susan Olsen

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