Coronavirus updates in Denver from March 24: news you can use and slices of life in these weird times

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Roger Rathert brought his own glass to sip while he waits in Union Station for a train. March 21, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Roger Rathert brought his own glass to sip while he waits in Union Station for a train. March 21, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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2:58 p.m. Denver restaurants try to make it work as COVID closures continue

Kevin’s spent the last few days with restaurant owners as they reconsider their business models. Mayor Hancock’s stay at home orders kicks in at 5 p.m. tonight, and while restaurants will still be able to prepare takeout, residents are being told to only leave the house for emergencies.

1:59 p.m. Well, here’s a thought

Councilman Chris Hinds has asked the mayor to consider shutting down certain streets

1:34 p.m. The Asfaw Family Foundation will be providing free McDonald’s meals in Denver

The Asfaw family is providing free combo meals at the McDonalds drive-thru at 3350 Colorado Boulevard in Denver this Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The meals include your choice of a McDouble, Filet-o-Fish or Hot n Spicy McChicken sandwich with medium fries and a medium drink. There’s a limit of one per customer, and the offer will only be available through the drive-thru.

A release from the Asfaw Family said they own several McDonald’s locations in the Denver area. The family’s foundation has served Thanksgiving dinners for the past 30 years, hosted an annual bike giveaway for 5th and 6th graders for the past 14 years, and given scholarships to high school seniors.

“This is our way of giving back to a branch of our community that has been giving back to their own neighborhoods for years,” Geta Asfaw said in a release. “We all have to band together right now and support each other during what we know is a difficult time for so much of our community.”

-Esteban L. Hernandez

 

The Denver Actors Fund has announced a $35,000 emergency relief fund to theatre artists whose livelihood has been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. Immediate, one-time stipends of $250 are being paid to 140 artists. The fund will be extended with donations; give money here.

“We have created this temporary fund in recognition of the unprecedented economic hardship theatre professionals are facing all across Colorado as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Gibley, president of Tthe Denver Actors Fund’s Board of Directors. “We all have a part to play in helping us all to get through this, and our role is to provide some modest relief to those who have lost their income. We’re all in this together.”

Applications are being taken here.

-Ana Campbell

11:35 a.m. The city is closing all dog parks

Parks and Rec spokeswoman Cyndi Karvaski confirmed the city’s dog parks will shut down as the city pushes for more physical distancing in public areas and to comply with Denver’s new stay at home order. Other park amenities closing including playgrounds, skate parks and picnic areas.The city has 12 dog parks (and more dogs than children).

Parks are still open for things like walking, hiking, biking and running, but the city wants to remind you to do these activities while practicing physical distancing, staying at least six feet apart from everyone. Park rangers will be enforcing and educating people about this rule.

-Esteban L. Hernandez

9:29 a.m. Kevin got a new dog

Name TBD. He’d been fostering the pup for a few days. WHO’S A GOOD BOY.

Kevin is now a dog dad. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kevin is now a dog dad. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

9:26 a.m. In case you didn’t think Mayor Hancock was serious yesterday…

The city is restricting parks after Hancock said people who were not practicing good social distancing hygiene over the weekend convinced him that he needed to restrict tennis and basketball courts.

7:24 a.m. The 6th Avenue cow gets a makeover

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