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State of Colorado
Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs.
The dial levels, effective Nov. 20, are:
- Level Green - Protect Our Neighbors: for counties that are able to locally contain surges. Most businesses are open with generous capacity limits.
- Level Blue - Caution: for counties with low transmission levels that aren’t quite ready for Protect Our Neighbors. Capacity limits are more permissive than yellow.
- Level Yellow - Concern: the baseline level for counties with elevated transmission levels but stable hospitalizations.
- Level Orange - High Risk: for counties where numbers are going up but not to the point where everything needs to be shut down. The capacity limits are moderate.
- Level Red - Severe Risk: for counties with high levels of transmission, hospitalizations, and positivity rates. Most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative. The capacity limits are significant.
- Level Purple - Extreme Risk: for counties where hospital capacity is at extreme risk of being overrun. At this level, all businesses must significantly curtail in-person functions and people must stay at home except for necessary activities.
Tri-County Health Department Resources
Douglas County Under Safer at Home Level Red
Douglas County Variance
Applicable when Douglas County is under Safer at Home Level Yellow and lower, dependin upon the variance. As of November 20, 2020 Douglas County is under Safer at Home Level Red. See above for a link to the summary of impacts
Douglas County received a letter of approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment(CDPHE) pertaining to the County’s variance request for gatherings, receptions, events and life rites – and the County’s variance request for theaters, team sports and pools.
Approvals are specific to limited capacities, sustainability of favorable public health data, with social distancing and adherence to public health orders. The approvals will:
- Allow 175 people indoors and 250 outdoors for: gatherings, receptions, events and life rites; indoor and outdoor pools;
- Allow 50 players indoors and outdoors for recreational league sports and tournaments;
- Allow libraries and bowling alleys to expand to 50% capacity not to exceed 175 people indoors; and
- Allow 175 people indoors at movie theaters, performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls and music halls.
For all indoor and outdoor spaces, in order to achieve 6-foot distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code ensuring a minimum of 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people gathered in a confined indoor space at any given time, and not to exceed 250 in an outdoor space.
Funding for Businesses
Douglas County Restaurant & Event Venue Grant ProgramIndividual grant amounts will be based upon COVID-19 impact and revenue loss as demonstrated in the application. Grant awards will be equal to 10% of the revenue loss calculated up to a maximum of $200,000.
Douglas County Cares Small Business Grant
Provides up to $10,000 for expenses incurred adapting to public health order guidelines.
Winter Outdoor Grant Program
Provides funds to restaurants to winterize patio space for outdoor dining.
SBDC Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Webpage
Get information on all funding options (EIDL, PPP, Bridge Loans), tax credits and tax deferrals and download the PPP application
Help Colorado Now (non-profits and community organizations)
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado.
Paid Leave and Tax Credit
Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
Guides and Resources fro the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Other Resources for Businesess
Digital Resource Center from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. They will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Resources for Employers
Information on The Work Share & Rapid Response Programs, Unemployment, and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Rules
Families First Act - Sick and Medical Leave for Employees
Requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements.
Douglas County Community Response Webpage
Find information on public health, human recovery needs, economic recovery needs and volunteer opportunities
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Resources are available to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors.
Resources for Employees
Health Insurance for Individuals
You can purchase health insurance within a 60-day window of losing job-base coverage, a change in income and other life changing events.