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Colorado town tries to balance summer tourist season and COVID-19

Laura Palmisano Jul 17, 2020
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COVID-19

Colorado town tries to balance summer tourist season and COVID-19

Laura Palmisano Jul 17, 2020
Laura Palmisano
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Tourism is a major industry for many mountain towns in the West. It’s a significant part of the economy in Lake City, Colorado. The town’s population swells from 400 to several thousand during the summer. The Colorado Tourism Office estimates visitors spent more than $16 million in the community last year.

However, this year is different for the town as it welcomes tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses are taking precautions, like asking people to wear masks. Local restaurants are required to keep indoor seating at 50% capacity, with tables 6 feet apart.

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COVID-19 Economy FAQs

What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

It’s been weeks since President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum that was supposed to get the federal government back into the business of topping up unemployment benefits, to $400 a week. Few states, however, are currently paying even part of the benefit that the president promised. And, it looks like, in most states, the maximum additional benefit unemployment recipients will be able to get is $300.

What’s the latest on evictions?

For millions of Americans, things are looking grim. Unemployment is high, and pandemic eviction moratoriums have expired in states across the country. And as many people already know, eviction is something that can haunt a person’s life for years. For instance, getting evicted can make it hard to rent again. And that can lead to spiraling poverty.

Which retailers are requiring that people wear masks when shopping? And how are they enforcing those rules?

Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, CVS, Home Depot, Costco — they all have policies that say shoppers are required to wear a mask. When an employee confronts a customer who refuses, the interaction can spin out of control, so many of these retailers are telling their workers to not enforce these mandates. But, just having them will actually get more people to wear masks.

You can find answers to more questions on unemployment benefits and COVID-19 here.

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