What a week! A new Public Health Order, a Transition Trail Map that serves as a framework for long-term phased re-opening, an updated Eagle County resources website, a NEW Q & A, and much more information to read and get familiar with. Here are some nuts and bolts to help you start planning.
Eagle County April 27, 2020 Public Health Order: The County’s exemption request was approved and signed by Governor Polis on April 23, 2020. This means that Eagle County residents and businesses are relieved from following Governor Polis’ orders, but must follow all of Eagle County requirements and any additional regulatory agency requirements for specific business, such as those who are licensed under the Department of Regulatory Affairs. Check out this Q & A to get answers to specific questions you have about the new order. This Q & A is a dynamic document which will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Most importantly, to be able to re-open you must complete, post, and distribute to employees a social distancing protocol. The original FAQ document I have shared previously is still being updated and is now more focused on resources than general questions. More questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter from Heath Harmon, Eagle County Public Health Director: Click Here and scroll down just a bit to read Heath Harmon’s most recent letter about the new Order and everyone’s individual responsibilities, including the following 5 commitments of containment:
I will maintain 6 feet of social distance
I will wash my hands often
I will cover my face in public
I will stay home when I am sick
I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms
Private Sector Task Forces: Connect with others in your industry sector and help find unified solutions to your industry’s short and long-term challenges associated with COVID-19. Fill out this form to participate.
Funding Update: On April 24, 2020 Congress approved a second round of funding for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). SBA is working on reopening the applications. The SBA encourages you to prepare your application in anticipation of the reopening date.
The additional $320B appropriation for PPP includes specific allocations for small financial institutions and community credit unions while also providing funds for minority owned businesses. These forgivable loans will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and Colorado businesses are encouraged to apply promptly. The additional $60B appropriation for EIDL also allows Colorado businesses to resume seeking low-interest recovery loans from the SBA. Statewide, this program stands to benefit more than 600,000 businesses, nonprofits and gig workers so the SBA encourages eligible program participants to seek these payroll loans at your local lending institutions.