We have been monitoring the evolving situation that is the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 10 days or so with increasing concern. Several of our team met last night, and we have made some decisions regarding how we will move forward as a business in the coming weeks. We know we are not alone when we say this has been a very tumultuous and difficult time for us. We are trying to balance our desire to contribute to the public good while also being concerned about supporting our people and being extremely worried about how Horse & Dragon can survive this as a business.
Firstly, we have made the decision that at least until March 27, we will move to to-go beer only in the tasting room, with the very restricted hours of 4-6pm daily, and we will continue to put into practice our stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes. We may have to extend this based on how this pandemic progresses; we will be continually evaluating moving forward. If you have booked a small-group private tour or meeting during these weeks, we are happy to accommodate you, but fully understand that you may wish or need to reschedule.
Secondly, at this stage Horse & Dragon will continue brewing and will be supplying beer to our bar, restaurant and liquor store partners, many of whom will continue to stay open and also provide delivery services of beer and food. If you need some fresh tasty beer and are displaying no signs of illness, please visit them or use their delivery services. Many of our small business partners will continue to serve you during this time and are operating under health authorities’ current recommendations regarding small gatherings and social distancing. If you aren’t able to visit one of them or come by the brewery between 4-6 please call or text us at 970-980-1231 and we will do our best to accommodate you. We firmly believe (and have had it proven several times during our lives) that craft beer is conducive -- and sometimes pivotal -- to helping people navigate both celebratory and traumatic times, and we are hopeful that H&D can continue to help bring some joy, salve, and connectivity to you during these stressful times.
The main reason we are making these drastic changes is to contribute to the effort to limit the high initial rate of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus by means of increased social distancing. We realize you have been hearing about this from all sides lately, but we hope you bear with us through our reasoning as well. Though we are a small gathering space, we feel that by taking these measures we will contribute in a small way to the overall public health benefit of delaying the onset of the virus for some people. Many of us will get infected with COVID-19 and come out fine. But the goal in shut-downs and social distancing measures is to try to space out the infections of people who are likely to get seriously ill and will end up needing intensive medical care so that there is no overwhelming spike at our health care facilities. Hopefully as the epidemic progresses across Colorado, hospitals (and everyone who works at them) and resources are not overwhelmed by having to treat too many people at once. As you likely all have heard many times in the past few days, social distancing, or putting enough space between ourselves and other people that their airborne droplets from coughs or sneezes can’t reach us, is one proven effective method of limiting the spread of this virus, and hopefully reducing the rate of its spread (the fewer people each of us interacts with, the less likely it is for this transmission to occur, thus slowing the rate of the spread). It is one thing that we as members of our society and community can work toward and contribute to. We understand that not everyone will or can choose to take this path and we fully support our community partners who choose a different path. They are all good people trying to do the best for their people and our community.
Thirdly, we are searching for ways in which we can continue to help people come together and support each other, which is more important than ever in times that can feel frightening and isolating. We are working today on some ideas for ways folks can virtually “gather” and enjoy each other’s company over a fresh, tasty craft beer even now. We hope, for example, to virtually invite you into a living room tomorrow night (Sunday, March 15) for a story-telling session with Phil Murphy, starting at 5pm. Please join that event on our Facebook page to get details on how to tune in when we figure out specific logistics. If you have other ideas for this type of get-together, bring ‘em on!
We are hopeful that we as a community are able to come out the other end of this intact and more closely-knit than ever.
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Cheers to you and thanks for your support of each other and H&D!