Changes to Downtown Grand Junction Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Some of your favorite local businesses and restaurants are staying open during this unusual time, but with some changes.

After Gov. Jared Polis announced a suspension on all in-person dining for 30 days on Monday to fight the spread of COVID-19, restaurants are adapting to these changes.

Restaurants can operate under takeout and delivery only if they choose. Some retailers are also staying open as of right now, and are considering similar measures to restaurants.

“Downtown has become more of a social gathering area, a cultural area if you will and that’s kind of been taken away from us,” said Brian Oliver, manager of Rockslide Brewery.

The owner of Grand Valley Books a block away from Rockslide in Downtown Grand Junction is keeping her doors open for now.

“A number of businesses are trying to meet the challenge and we’re hoping we can do that, because we want to be here for our customers,” said Margie Wilson, Grand Valley Books owner.

Wilson explains she is willing to adapt to accommodate customers as best as she can.

“We can do home deliveries, we can do curbside pickup. We’re happy to do that, we’re prepared to do that.”

Back at Rockslide Brewery, it’s all about innovating with new takeout and delivery practices.

“People can drive up, we’ll bring the food to you. You can call ahead with your form of payment. We can have it ready for you,” said Oliver.

The Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority has worked with city government to make all parking free in Downtown Grand Junction during this 30 day suspension on in-person dining. The Downtown Development Authority’s director says the free parking will make takeout easier on the restaurants and patrons. In fact, there will be designated takeout parking.

“They’re going to be on each corner, one on each side from 3rd to 6th street along Main Street,” said Brandon Stam, director of the Downtown Development Authority.

“The idea is to have the corner spots because it’s convenient for those restaurants. We ask that people don’t park in those spots unless they’re getting a pickup order from a restaurant on that block.”

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