COVID-19 Business Resources
The Steamboat Springs Chamber is working together with our local, state and national partners to provide information and resources for the business community regarding the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These resources from experts will help businesses navigate the effects of COVID-19. On this page you will find:
Routt County Resources
The most important thing your business can do for long term recovery is to start here: Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for small businesses.
It is very important to document all impacts of COVID-19 on your business to access loans and grant programs. Be sure to reference the Small Business Development Guide on how to track financial loss. Click the link below for details on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Paycheck Protection Program, Local Bank Relief Programs and more.
COventure Forward: CU Boulder's Business Resources: The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship in CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business has resources available to help entrepreneurs and small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. The COventure Forward program gives you access to the collective strength and assets of Colorado-based universities, mentors and faculty to help navigate the current business environment. Learn more here.
CMC Responds: Colorado Mountain College Back to Business offers no-cost coaching, live educational trainings and consultation services to in-district businesses during this time of need. Learn more here.
Colorado Mask Mandate
Governor Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 138, a mandatory statewide mask order that went into effect July 17 for 30 days. The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space and while using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.
The executive order states indoor businesses must refuse service to people who are not wearing masks. Licensed businesses are at risk of losing their license if they do not enforce this mandate. Businesses must post signs at entrances that instruct customers to wear a mask when entering or moving around inside the business.
Additional Employer Resources
As many of you are facing the difficult tasks surrounding your employees and possible layoffs, below is information and links to resources that will help guide your decision-making process.
- Review Colorado Department of Labor & Employment information on paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, wage claims and more.
- Watch this webinar on Employee Testing, Sick Leave and Public Health Updates
- Colorado Workplace Public Health Rights Poster: Paid Leave, Whistleblowing, & Personal Protective Equipment
- Healthy Families and Workplaces Act INFO for all CO employers to follow the FFCRA for 2020
- April 1, 2020 The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requiring certain employers to provide employees with two to twelve weeks of paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 at two thirds to full pay. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Review the Employer Paid Leave Requirements information and the FAQ page.
- Review the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Employer Guide.
- Layoff & Separations assistance information and resources. Contact our local Workforce Center here.
- Workshare Program: The Work-Share Program gives you an alternative to laying off your employees. It allows you to let your employees keep working, but with fewer hours.
- Look into your business insurance policy to understand what your plan covers.
- Michael Best Coronavirus Employment Law Q&A for Employer
Health Insurance and Healthcare resources
If you’ve recently experienced a job loss or loss of income, you might qualify for a 60-day Special Enrollment period, which will allow you to sign up for a new health insurance plan or to change your current plan. Visit the When Can I Buy Insurance Page at Connect for Health Colorado for more information.
The SALA Healthcare program is a proven insurance alternative for members to consider for their healthcare. Because the SALA Healthcare program is not insurance, it offers year-round rolling enrollment for individuals and businesses, including those who are currently uninsured or about to lose coverage due to COVID-19.
We are working to bring utility resources to the business community. Click here for more information.
Click here for USDA resources available to the Agriculture industry in response to COVID-19 impacts.
Working From Home
We have pulled together some tips and best practices for employees working remotely. Click here for more information.
The Senate has passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 response act bill to aid relief efforts across the American economy. Click here for a summary of the bill with steps to take as well as important information you and your employees should be aware of.
Updates and Regulations
Symptoms and Prevention
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's CO HELP: COVID-19 hotline is an excellent resource for the latest information and for general questions. Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email them here for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
Click here for information on prevention methods for your business, best practices and resources for those displaying symptoms.