COVID-19 is the worst pandemic in our life time, but us humans have made it through some really bad pandemics with less technology and scientific know hows (Plague of Justinian in the 500’s AD, Black Plague in the 1300’s, and the 1918 Flu Pandemic in… the early 1900’s). If history is correct and if it does repeat itself, then we will prevail and we will make it through this one.
Safer at Home
Here in Denver and Colorado, to help flatten the curve, Mayor Hancock and Governor Polis instituted a strict Stay at Home order starting mid March that required Denverites and Coloradans to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Restaurants like Anise were considered critical businesses and were allowed to be opened but only for takeouts, deliveries, and curbside pickups. The Stay at Home phase was a success; the curve started to flatten; so Colorado has moved into her next phase to battle this pandemic, The Safer at Home phase.
Because the Safer at Home phase just started this past week (April 27), there are still a lot of unknowns. Safer at Home means exactly that, we’re still safer at home. We’re not 100% safe in public, hence Colorado is opening albeit slowly:
- April 27, 2020
- Retails can open for curbside pickups
- Real estate showings are allowed
- May 1, 2020
- Retails and personal services can be opened with safety practice in place
- May 4, 2020
- Non-essentials offices can be opened with reduced capacity and safety practice in place
Restaurants directives are still missing from the current Safer at Home orders; but due to the essential nature of our business, the Governor and the Mayor’s offices are working steadfastly to come up with a guideline for Anise and for restaurants in Colorado (especially in Denver) to open safely. Of course we are very anxious to serve our customers in a dine-in setting, but we will do that responsibly, safely, and we will adhere to all governmental guidelines and regulations. As soon as we know restaurant specific guidelines and opening dates, we will update with a blog.
Denver Face Masks Requirement
On May 1, 2020, Mayor Hancock issued an order requiring residents and employees to wear face coverings while inside of (or waiting in line to enter) businesses, facilities or locations – such as any retail or commercial business, at a bus stop or facilities offering health care services. All restaurant employees should wear face coverings — those preparing food, working in a space with food, and interacting with guests are specifically called out by the order. As part of the order, restaurants like ours must, “Take reasonable measures, such as posting signs, to remind their customers and the public of the requirement that they wear a Face Covering while inside of or waiting in line to enter the business, facility, or location. Businesses and organizations performing Critical Government Functions must take all reasonable steps to prohibit any member of the public who is not wearing a Face Covering from entering and, if those efforts are unsuccessful, must not serve that person and must seek to remove that person.” The Mayor’s order is effective May 6, 2020; that’s this coming Wednesday. We don’t want any trouble with the law, so starting Wednesday please help us serve you by wearing a face mask upon entering Anise.
Alcohol To-Go Extended
On March 20, 2020, Governor Polis temporary lifted the statewide rule that prevents Colorado restaurants and bars from serving alcohol to go. That lift expired on April 30, 2020 but was extended for another 30 days. To celebrate the extension, Anise is offering a buy 1 bottle of wine get another bottle of wine of equal value or less free. In addition, any customers ordering over $75 worth of food (pre-tax) will get a bottle of house wine free (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio). These 2 offers are good only for customers over 21 years or older with valid IDs, until revise by Anise, until the lift expires again, until Anise is out of wines, or until restaurants in Denver are allowed to be opened for dine in, whichever happens first.