Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Latest News

What can I do as an employer?

What guidance should I give to my employees?

General CDC information on Coronavirus

Federal Small Business Disaster Assistance

Additional Resources

The Latest News

April 7th: The Colorado Chamber and U.S. Chamber will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 9th, to answer questions about the CARES Act. Register here. 

April 7th: Gov. Polis has extended the deadline for state and state-administered local sales taxes. View the order here. 

April 7th: Gov. Polis has extended Colorado’s Stay At Home Order through April 26th. View the press release here.

April 6th: View the U.S. Chamber’s employer guide to COVID paid sick leave programs here.

April 3rd: The Colorado Chamber released the results of its second survey on the business community relating to COVID-19. View the press release here.

April 3rd: The Colorado Supreme Court that the Colorado General Assembly Can Continue to Work Post-COVID-19 Pandemic. View the story in Capitol Report. 

April 3rd: Today is the first day businesses can apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. Get the details here.

April 1st: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released two new step-by-step guides to help businesses navigate COVID tax credits and disaster loans. View the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide here and the Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide here.

March 31st: In our Capitol Report newsletter, we’ve outlined many of the local “Stay-at-Home” orders across the state. View the article here.

March 27th: Congress has passed the CARES Act, phase three of congressional COVID relief. Read our press release here, and see more information here from the US Chamber about who qualifies for assistance.

March 27th: The Colorado Chamber has partnered with Linhart PR to provide a free resource to the business community in navigating COVID-19 crisis communications. View the blog and white paper here. 

March 27th: Gov. Polis announced that Help Colorado Now, a joint volunteer and relief effort launched last week, is now accepting grant applications for community-based organizations providing direct assistance in COVID efforts. Learn more about the grants and application process in the governor’s press release.

March 26th: We’ve broken down what the new statewide “Stay in Place” order means for businesses in our blog. Find out what industries it applies to and in what circumstances here.

March 26th: The governor has amended his “Stay in Place” order to include additional professional services as “essential,” including legal, title companies, accounting, and real estate appraisals. View the updated order here. 

March 26th: Gov. Polis issued a statewide “Stay in Place” order yesterday, which took effect this morning. View the executive order here, and FAQ’s here from the governor’s office.

March 25th: Find out what employers need to know about recent paid sick and family/medical leave requirements. View the blog post here. 

March 24th: The Colorado Chamber released a survey of its members demonstrating the concerns and challenges employers are facing. View the press release here. 

March 23rd: The city and county of Denver has issued a Stay-at-Home order. View the order here.

March 23rd: What constitutes a “critical” business in the governor’s recent executive order? Get the details in our update here.

March 22nd: FAQ’s about Gov. Polis’ 50% order.

March 22nd: Gov. Polis has ordered non-critical businesses to cut in-person workforce by 50%. View the executive order here.

March 22nd: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a summary of the Senate proposal to provide additional relief to Americans and small businesses. Read the summary here. 

March 20th: Our main story in the Capitol Report is on Gov. Polis’ announcement about more efforts to help businesses and individuals. He also established an emergency economic council. Read the update here. 

March 20th: U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter has compiled resources for small businesses related to COVID-19. View the document here.

March 19th: Colorado small businesses to receive financial assistance, potential relief coming for taxpayers. View the update here.

March 19th: The U.S. Chamber has put together a summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed by the president yesterday. View the summary here.

March 18th: U.S. Senate Passes Coronavirus Response Bill. View the update here.

March 16th: Governor Polis issued an executive order closing all bars, restaurants, casinos and theaters in the state. View the executive order here. 

March 16th: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act has passed the U.S. House. How will it impact employers? View the blog post here. 

March 13th: Colorado Legislature to temporarily adjourn over coronavirus pandemic. View the update here.

March 11th: The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment passed emergency rules on paid sick leave due to coronavirus. View the update here.

March 5th: Colorado Chamber encourages businesses to prepare for possible coronavirus spread. View the press release.

What Colorado Businesses Should Know

Colorado employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the virus while ensuring continuity of operations. Employers should also be aware of the latest state and local executive orders that may dictate what defines an essential business and who can go to work in-person. As with all illnesses, sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, use cough and sneeze etiquette, frequently clean hands with soap and water, and routinely clean commonly touched surfaces. We’ve compiled additional guidance for employers below from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


What can I do as an employer?

  • Be sure to follow any local or state order dictating who is permitted to work in-person.
  • Have a plan to prevent employees from getting sick
    • Determine if flex working schedules are an option.
    • Have an internal communications plan in place.
    • Determine how to handle a potential spike in employee absences.
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
  • If an employee exhibits respiratory illness symptoms at work, they should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.
  • Workplace hygiene: routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace.

Click here for the full employer guidance from the U.S. Chamber.

Click here for more employer guidance from the CDC.

View the Colorado Chamber’s Best Practices for COVID-19 Crisis Communications.


What guidance should I give to my employees?

  • Be sure to follow any local or state order dictating who is permitted to work in-person.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. The CDC recommends washing your hands for a full 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others.
  • If you are sick, stay home to prevent the illness from spreading to others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Click here for the full Workplace Tips for Employees pamphlet from the U.S. Chamber.

Click here for more employee guidance from the CDC.


General CDC Information on Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes the coronavirus is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of the coronavirus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of Coronavirus.

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. The virus spreads by droplets made when people with the coronavirus cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or be inhaled into their lungs. It may be possible that a person can get the coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


Small Business Disaster Assistance

The Small Business Administration will be offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.

The Colorado District Office for the SBA is working very closely with the Governor’s Office on the declaration process.  There is a very prescribed process for this particular program and the Governor’s Office is working diligently to get this done.  Once Colorado is approved, it will be widely communicated.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the State’s multi-agency crisis response.

■          COVID-19 Hotline: Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

■          Email COHELP@RMPDC.org .

■          CDPHE Facebook and Twitter

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is committed to providing the most up-to-date relevant information to help you and your business navigate the current potential hardships. To that end, the SBDC has compiled the appropriate resources for your business on our Disaster Preparedness and Continuity.

Small businesses are encouraged to visit this page to learn more about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

If Colorado has been approved for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, small business owners will be encouraged to apply online in the Disaster Loan Application Portal here.  The electronic loan application will be screened by our processing center when it is received.

For program questions or assistance in completing the application online, businesses can contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


Additional Resources:

The Colorado Chamber and Linhart PR have put together a free crisis communications white paper for the business community. View it here. 

Updates on Coronavirus in Colorado from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resource Page

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Emergency Loan Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Employer Guide

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