COVID-19 Business Resources
The Steamboat Springs Chamber is working together with our local, state and national partners to advocate and provide information and resources for the business community regarding the impacts of COVID-19. On this page you will find:
COVID-19 VACCINE COMMUNICATION
Businesses are trusted sources of information. They can help persuade employees and customers to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. Read about the best ways for employers to promote COVID-19 vaccines, prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The CDC has also created an Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit full of information for employers and employees.
The CDPHE launched a call center for the public to ask questions specifically about the COVID-19 vaccine: 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).
Routt County Resources
On May 18, Routt County rescinded the local Public Health Order. Masks are no longer required in most indoor public spaces unless required by an individual business or organization in Routt County.
Mitigation plans are no longer required for businesses and events in Routt County, CO. Some State orders for events still apply.
The CDPHE announced the expansion of the Binax At-Home rapid testing program to include all employees who interact with the public at their jobs across the state. Public-facing employees include anyone who is required to interact with members of the public as a part of their employment.
Colorado Recovery Plan
The focus of the Colorado Recovery plan is to help Colorado recover faster and build back stronger after the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed with bipartisan input from lawmakers and community partners, the plan prioritizes one-time investments like broadband infrastructure and affordable housing development that will have the greatest simulative effect and benefit the hardest-hit communities. Read the full Colorado Recovery Plan summary here.
If Employee Tests Positive
Read Routt County's guide for what to do if an employee has suspected or confirmed case of covid-19 here.
The most important thing your business can do for long term recovery is to start here: Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for small businesses.
View this webinar with City of Steamboat Springs Chief of Police, Cory Christensen as he helps local businesses and employees learn communication tips and tricks for de-escalating confrontational situations, and how and when to contact law enforcement, followed by a Q&A session.
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 County moving into level “Low Risk” on the Routt County Road to Recovery Restriction Dial, and removing the need for the program.
- Healthy Families and Workplaces Act INFO for all CO employers to follow the FFCRA for 2021
- 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.
We have pulled together some tips and best practices for employees working remotely. Click here for more information.
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 here for details on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Paycheck Protection Program, Local Bank Relief Programs and more.
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.