PUEBLO – On Tuesday, Mayor Nick Gradisar took preemptive action to flatten a new COVID-19 curve by instructing his department directors to reduce in-person workforce to 25% but he instructed keep city services open beginning Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
“We are taking preemptive action now, to show Pueblo, the City can remain open while we increase our social distancing through teleworking,” said Mayor Nick Gradisar.
On Friday, Pueblo County received a letter from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that Pueblo’s COVID-19 numbers are “High Risk” and in Level 3 on the state dial.
As of Monday evening, Pueblo County had 1614 total COVID-19 cases with 413 new positives in October with 13 new outbreaks. There are 40 total deaths.
“Unlike in March and April, we know what must be done to get COVID-19 under control. Puebloans need to wear masks when around family and friends. Businesses and organizations need to be vigilant at social distancing, cleaning, and mask-wearing at all times.”
“We are taking this step now, in the hopes we don’t have to close the economy later,” said Mayor Gradisar. “We are encouraging organizations to look at ways to maintain social distancing or telework so our restaurants, small businesses and other services can stay open.”
Mayor Gradisar instructed department directors to keep offices open for business and maintain a high-level of service through teleworking. Citizens who need to conduct city business are urged to do so electronically or over the telephone, first. If a person must conduct business in-person, they are requested to make an appointment first.
Public safety will not be impacted as both the Pueblo Police and Fire Departments remain fully operational.
Pueblo Municipal Courts will remain open.
Pueblo Sales Tax Division will remain open. Residents are requested to use the drop-box to pay their sales or use taxes. Appointments are suggested but not required.
Boards and Commissions meetings will return to being held virtually.
This order applies to city staff who have been approved for teleworking status. The order begins Wednesday, October 21 and runs to November 2, 2020.