Coronavirus roundup: Apartment association recommendations, breweries still can sell, Loveland ends uphill access

Loveland Ski Area prohibiting uphill access on the land it leases from the U.S. Forest Service. (Loveland Ski Area)

Breweries: Contrary to how Mayor Hancock’s stay-in-place order originally was communicated, breweries in the city with a license that allows them to operate a taproom can continue to sell booze for carryout or delivery, according to Westword. Like restaurants, breweries can’t have dine-in customers, so no drinking on site. 

Ski areas: Loveland Ski Area said Tuesday that it was prohibiting uphill access on the land it leases from the U.S. Forest Service. The ski area closed along with all others in the state earlier this month. Loveland originally continued to allow skiers to traverse uphill under their own power, but made the change after videos posted to social media showing long lines of parked cars prompted a debate over whether such activities should be allowed. Nearby ski areas Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain also have banned uphill access.

Manufacturing: RiNo-based FlowState Marketing is putting a hold on branded merchandise to instead create FDA-certified face masks. President and co-founder Shamus McNutt said producing the masks addresses a need and also keeps his 12 employees on the job. The masks are available for $1.95 to $3.50 per unit depending on quantity. FlowState said it has made roughly 13,000 masks since Thursday.

Coworking: Denver-based coworking firm WorkAbility is offering 50 percent off April rent for its tenants. Support staff are working remotely, but members with a dedicated office still have access. 

Real estate: Real estate was added under the qualified list of “essential professional services” by the mayor’s office in a recent update to its original order. The Denver Metro Association of Realtors announced on Monday that it was a big win for DMAR members, the local real estate industry, and homebuyers and sellers in the community as they can continue to provide services as long as they comply with social distancing requirements. 

The Colorado Apartment Association has issued recommendations for its landlord members:

  • + Create payment plans for residents unable to pay rent due to virus-related loss of income
  • + Waive late fees through April 30
  • + Refrain from enforcing eviction orders with move-outs through April 30
  • + Avoid rent increases
  • + Share the Colorado Housing Financial Assistance Programs and Apartment Association of Metro Denver’s list of resources for renters
  • + Limit entry to rental properties to only emergency maintenance response
  • + Follow HIPPA federal rules for resident and employee privacy if a community has a positive test
  • + Increase common-area cleaning with the approved list of cleaning supplies from the CDC
  • + Continue to follow the governor’s mandate for reduced workplace staff and the CDC guidelines for social distancing
  • + Maintain emergency maintenance needs for renters.

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