GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – After a recent spike of COVID-19 cases, Mesa County lost its current variance and will have to reimpose stricter capacity limits and close bars.
On Thursday, Mesa County recorded 74 positive COVID-19 cases with a two-week case count of 382. “We’re supposed to be at 75 cases, to be in compliance with the Protect Our Neighbors order and we’re at about 350 plus,” says Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health.
Despite the variance change, some local businesses will not have to operate under the new restrictions. Monumental Beer Works, a business without a retail food license. is one of those exceptions. The brewery has taken part in the Protect Our Variance program, which identifies businesses that strictly adhere to public health guidelines on social distancing, cleaning, and mask-wearing with a five-star rating.
Beginning Monday, October 26th, Mesa County will return to the level one Safer at Home variance, which limits business capacity to 175 or 50%, whichever is lower. Gyms, including rec center and bowling alleys, have to reduce capacity to 25% or 75 people per room. Bars that do not have a retail food license will be closed.