Coronavirus roundup: Denver golf courses reopening, city grants, tech company WFH song

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A 2019 aerial of City Park Golf Course. (Courtesy Blake Rubenstein with Guerilla Capturing)

All golf courses operated by the city of Denver will reopen to the public on Wednesday with restrictions in place to ensure physical distancing.

Those restrictions include allowing only single-rider carts, a maximum of four people in the clubhouse at any time and the closure of on-course bathrooms. More information about the new policies can be found on the city’s website.

The courses have been closed since March 18. Many local private courses briefly closed but reopened several weeks ago.

Parks: The city also released new guidelines regarding the use of parks on Monday, saying that group sports are prohibited and the use of “shared equipment,” such as Frisbees or footballs, is prohibited.

Colorado Artist Relief Fund: The city said Denver Arts & Venues has finished evaluating 295 applications received for the Colorado Artist Relief Fund to help individual artists affected by closures as a result of the pandemic. Grants equaling $170,000 will be paid upon completion of processing. The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a partnership between Denver Arts & Venues, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

Business Relief Fund: The city said Denver Economic Development & Opportunity would begin awarding an initial $2 million in grants Monday to support vulnerable small businesses. The grants are provided through the Small Businesses Emergency Relief Fund launched in mid-March.

The city is partnering with Mile High United Way to release the funds and estimates that the first round of funding will include 200 to 250 recipients.

To expand emergency relief support to small businesses beyond the $4 million the city is contributing, the city has partnered with the Downtown Denver Partnership to raise funds. DDP has raised more than $400,000 for the city’s small business relief program. More grants will be disbursed in May.

Ski resorts: Denver-based ski resort operator Alterra, whose resorts include Winter Park and Steamboat, is allowing customers who purchase a 2020-2021 Ikon Pass to defer it to the following season anytime between Sept. 10 and Dec. 10 for no charge.

Work-from-home video: Broomfield-based tech company Conga this month released a video called “Until We’re Together Again.”

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Conga moved all of its teams to mandatory work-from-home. Missing their regular open mic nights, one group of Conganeers decided to get together (virtually) and host their own,” the YouTube description reads. “Using our video conference software, GoToMeeting, they ended up writing and recording an original song that expressed the woes of working from home.”

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