Town Manager Shane Hale has issued a declaration of local disaster emergency in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) effective 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 17. The declaration was made in the interests of public health and safety to address the evolving spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the United States.
While there are no reported cases in Windsor at the time of this release, Hale states, “Our top priority is the health and safety of Windsor residents. To slow the spread of the disease, we will continue to take proactive measures in order to protect the public.”
At this time, town officials have been working proactively to implement protocols and secure contingency plans with a goal to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the Windsor community and its essential services.
Details of the declaration include activated response and recovery aspects of any and all applicable local and inter-jurisdictional disaster emergency plans and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance.
The declaration will remain in effect for seven days unless rescinded or extended by the Windsor Town Board. There’s a plan in place to ratify the declaration at the town’s Monday town board meeting.
The declaration was made in line with emergency declarations issued by the Colorado Governor Jared Polis and United States President Donald Trump.
“We are also aware of the directive given by Governor Polis for most of our small business community to modify how they do business. Windsor has a strong number of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries and we aim to do everything within our ability to help them maintain business during this time,” says Hale. “In fact, we are actively working on ways we can support all businesses in Windsor. From doctor’s offices to our local veterinarians to the mom and pop antique or flower shop on Main Street, our goal is to stay Windsor strong.”
As a way to update residents about Windsor-specific COVID-19 updates, information will be posted at windsorgov.com/Coronavirus.
On Tuesday the town launched a telephone hotline as a way to make information easier for residents to access should they not have access to the internet, prefer hearing updates or if they are visually impaired. Residents can also leave questions if needed. The hotline is accessible by calling 970-674-6691.