COVID diaries Colorado: Denver City and County Building

Denver Post journalists joined colleagues from more than 40 news organizations across Colorado in a collaborative effort, COVID diaries Colorado: A day in the pandemic. The project’s goal: To describe life on April 16 to show how much has changed in such a short amount of time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is one of The Denver Post’s vignettes. Read the full collaboration here.

9:10 a.m.: Denver City and County Building

Speaking in a basement room of a mostly quiet City and County building, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told a dozen Emergency Operations Center staff gathered before him and others watching online that citizens need the safety and security only they can provide.

Hancock’s days are filled with meetings. Questions and concerns pile up with each one.

More residents are ignoring the stay-at-home order he put in place through the end of April to control the spread of the virus. How can Denver ease restrictions equitably? Will businesses hurt more if they open at half capacity? Should there be a curfew?

The city government, like public agencies across Colorado, faces a dire loss of tax revenue from virus-prompted shutdowns and potential furloughs of employees and other steps.

“In every challenge, the people are looking for that group of people who are going to stand up and fight on their behalf,” Hancock said. “We’re the people. We’re the ones.”

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