The global coronavirus pandemic is making heroes in places you wouldn’t expect.

I hope you’re weathering the current emergency safely, and doing your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home except when absolutely necessary. But if you’re like me, you’ve had to leave the house like it or not to make an essential trip to the grocery store or pharmacy. Many of us have medical conditions that don’t respect stay-at-home orders, and we count on healthcare workers of all kinds to keep us going.

Every time I go to the grocery store, I see heroes keeping us all alive as surely as the heroes we all know: police, firefighters, and doctors. And in this time of great need, our grocery, pharmacy, and healthcare workers should have the same protections as every essential service provider the people of Colorado rely on.

Click here: sign the petition from our friends at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 asking Gov. Jared Polis to designate grocery store, healthcare and food production workers as emergency service providers. These essential workers shouldn’t have to choose between going to work and staying home because they don’t have the resources they need.

Thanks very much for acting now to protect the essential workforce keeping our grocery stores open, food shelves stocked, and healthcare services of all kinds operating. By making sure everyone we need to stay on the job in this emergency can do so, we’ll get through this tough time together.