Coronavirus updates in Denver: news you can use and slices of life in these strange times

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Anna Gonzales packs food into boxes at the Mental Health Center of Denver. April 3, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Anna Gonzales packs food into boxes at the Mental Health Center of Denver. April 3, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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3:13 p.m. The Brown Palace is closed for the first time since it opened 128 years ago.

David Sachs has the story. Don’t miss it.

3:03 p.m. Finding ways to keep the kiddos entertained.

Lakewood resident Sara Oberg – my former colleague at City Grille – sent us this photo of the minigolf course she made for her daughter, Alice, in her front yard.

“Trying to keep them from going crazy,” she said of her whole family.

(Courtesy: Sara Oberg)

(Courtesy: Sara Oberg)

2:39 p.m. Rapid testing means we know more.

Here’s Rob Low, Special Projects Reporter at Fox 31:

1:55 p.m. City Park Jazz cancels 2020 season and Pop Culture Con Postponed.

City Park Jazz will still pay musicians, Westword reports. They may host livestreams of shows instead. Also, Denver Pop Culture Con – the event formerly known as Denver Comic Con – has been postponed until November.

Jazz at City Park, June 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jazz at City Park, June 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

1:48 p.m. A live look at 2020.

Reddit user Lamescrnm posted video of a dumpster fire titled: “My Cap Hill Alley encapsulating 2020.”

Here's a picture I drew of a dumpster fire. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Here's a picture I drew of a dumpster fire. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

1:30 p.m. Local hotels will also shelter people living in homelessness.

Officials sent an update to their announcement on a new shelter (see below).

“The city finalized an agreement with another hotel, located downtown, for an additional 151 rooms for people experiencing homelessness. The hotel contract will be sent to Denver City Council for approval,” it reads. “Denver now has a total of 270 individual rooms available for respite care for individuals who are medically required to be isolated, as well as for protective action for individuals who are not currently symptomatic or ill with symptoms. Denver continues to work with the State and service providers to add up to 3,000 total hotel/motel rooms.”

12:38 p.m. A check-in on the artists.

Lucy Haggard brings us a story about the efforts to keep local artists’ careers on the rails.

Eric Robert Dallimore, founder and artistic director of Leon Gallery, stands in the City Park West space after taking down a show. April 2, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Eric Robert Dallimore, founder and artistic director of Leon Gallery, stands in the City Park West space after taking down a show. April 2, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

10:30 a.m. Mayor Hancock says a large shelter for unhoused men will open at the National Western complex.

It will allow people to both shelter and social distance. Hancock made the announcement this morning. Donna has the full story.

10 a.m. DPS is expanding free meal services.

Denver Public Schools is opening 12 additional grab-and-go locations for free breakfast and lunch, bringing the total number to 24. They’re all open from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All the locations can be found at DPS’ website. Vegetarian options are available, and students need not be present for adults to pick up meals.

DPS also is launching an “enhanced meal delivery program.” They’ll use yellow school buses to drop off meals around town throughout the rest of the year. The service begins today, and here’s a schedule of where the buses will be.

Denver Public Schools offers free breakfasts and groceries at Colwell Elementary in Villa Park, March 17, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Public Schools offers free breakfasts and groceries at Colwell Elementary in Villa Park, March 17, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

9:31 a.m. DIA continues to see less traffic, will scrap valet

The airport reported a 94 percent decline in traffic from March 30 through April 3, which is about 4 percent less than the previous week. The valet service will close permanently on April 10, and terminal trains will continue to run every 8 to 10 minutes instead of every 2 to 3 minutes. Find more updates below:

  • DEN has closed one of its six runways. With five runways available, DEN is able to handle current arriving and departing aircraft loads
  • The East Economy parking lot has closed to the public and is now being used for employee parking. This helps DEN eliminate some of the need for employee busing, encouraging social distancing
  • The North Security Checkpoint remains closed. The South Checkpoint remains open 24/7 and the A Bridge Checkpoint is operating normally from 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The bag check at the Transit Center is temporarily closed. The bag check on 75th Ave. near the Pikes Peak lot will close permanently on April 17
  • All airline lounges including the USO are temporarily closed except the United B-East Lounge
  • Many of DEN’s concessionaires are making their own business decisions to close or reduce hours. An updated list is available here
  • The DEN Interfaith Chapel and Prayer Hall in the Terminal is closed
  • Final Approach is closed except for drive-thru services at Wendy’s and Phillips66/Conoco

8:30 a.m. 14 percent of restaurants statewide said they may close permanently

The figure comes from a Colorado Restraurant Association survey.

8:13 a.m. We’re down to the final four!

Don’t forget to vote in our all-important Social Distancing Bracket.

Ohhh snap, this is getting close!

Ohhh snap, this is getting close!

7:30 a.m. The Colorado Convention Center could become a field hospital.

It’s the largest of five locations across the state that could be used if needed.

The Colorado Convention Center seen from atop the Le Meridien Hotel on California Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Colorado Convention Center seen from atop the Le Meridien Hotel on California Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

5 a.m. ICYMI: City Council held their first ever video meeting last night.

David Sachs the council hound was there. Kind of?

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