Mayor Sheek: Support Local Businesses, Stay Informed on Coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020

In a time of constant information and news on the coronavirus, Cortez Mayor Karen Sheek is urging residents to stay informed with reliable sources, like government public health websites.

“Knowledge is power,” Sheek said. “This is a particularly important time for people to be sure that they’re accessing knowledge from legitimate sites.” 

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Sheek is also encouraging the support of local businesses at a time when government orders slowing the spread of the coronavirus are also hurting their income. Gov. Polis extended his order closing dine-in eating through April 30, though restaurants can continue to offer take-out and delivery.

To encourage people to continue eating at Cortez restaurants, the city’s public works crew placed signs designating parking spots for curbside pickup.

Sheek said the city is not considering a shelter-in-place order at this time, like those enacted this week by San Miguel County and the Town of Rico. But as information and guidelines on COVID-19 changes, so will the city’s response.

“Anything is a possibility,” Sheek said, adding that as of Friday afternoon, Montezuma County has no confirmed cases.

Hear the mayor’s full interview with KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel below.