Loveland’s City Council voted Tuesday to extend a declaration of local disaster for the sixth time since City Manager Steve Adams issued it on his own authority after the local outbreak of COVID-19.
A year has gone by, and about 5,700 residents have since fallen ill with the virus. Eighty-six have died.
Policies introduced by Adams have tried to mitigate the danger of infection in public spaces along with the secondary harm done to businesses by COVID-era public health rules.
Adams walked the council through the various ways in which he had used the special powers granted by the declaration, halting utility shutoffs for customers whose bills were past due, allowing remote participation in council meetings and allowing restaurants to expand their outdoor seating onto sidewalks