EAGLE COUNTY BUSINESS RE-OPEN TOOLKIT - PHASE 2 - TRANSITION TO BLUE PHASE
SIGNAGE - In addition to the County-mandated signage explained below, we'd like to offer our local businesses a downloadable "We're Open" sign, which also details social distancing and other safety guidelines. Access the sign HERE (Allow a moment for it to load). These can be professionally printed in a larger, poster size, or you can print in house. If you need assistance, please contact Cindy Krieg at Town Hall (970-827-5645 x5, email@example.com).
May 22, 2020 – Work is underway to create the next iteration of Eagle County’s public health order in response to COVID-19. In alignment with the county’s Transition Trail Map, the transition to the “Blue” Phase will loosen some restrictions that have been in place since April 27. As some restrictions are rolled back, Eagle County officials note the importance of residents and business leaders continuing to meet social distancing requirements. Eagle County has requested a variance to the State Public Health Order, to move into the Blue Phase on May 25th.
While the new public health order is not yet finalized, county officials understand that businesses need some lead time to prepare to either open or change their operations. Additionally, since the proposed revisions are less strict than the state’s Safer at Home order, a variance request has been submitted and is currently under review. This variance request must be approved before new orders can be adopted. A preview of some of the proposed changes follows:
The Blue Phase effective date is planned for May 25th.
This date is four weeks after the implementation of the Green Phase, and current disease surveillance is showing the county will be prepared to take this next step. Meeting this date will be contingent on keeping the disease spread of COVID-19 at manageable levels. It will also be contingent on personal responsibility of both businesses and the general public complying with social distancing protocols. These contingencies must be met in order to gain a new exemption approval for Eagle County’s plan from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
6 feet of distance is still required between non-household members.
Guidance on face coverings will remain consistent with the current Green Phase, which strongly recommends the use of face coverings in indoor public spaces and requires their use for employees in certain professions where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
Click HERE to view a downloadable packet for door, venue and business signs for your employees and customers to view Eagle County’s Public Health information including the “Five Commitments of Containment.” Contact Ben Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional sizes and/or graphics to use online.
Community members are reminded that personal responsibility also means people must make the best decisions for themselves. Officials caution that just because restrictions on certain businesses and activities have loosened, it does not mean those who are uncomfortable or are in high-risk categories for COVID-19 should participate.
Additional information will be available as the new public health order is finalized. Regular updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org. The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email email@example.com or call 970-328-9750.
As always, Eagle County's ability to implement this new Public Health Order is entirely dependent on:
State approval of Eagle County's variance request
Status: Eagle County submitted our variance request to CDPHE on May 11th. We have not yet received approval from the State.
Disease spread remaining at manageable levels
Status: Disease spread remains low and steady.
Personal responsibility - Community compliance with commitments and social distancing protocols
Status: Collaboration from residents, local businesses, and response partners remains strong
REMINDER TO BUSINESSES - The order allows more businesses to open in addition to previously allowed essential businesses, as long as the business can meet the requirements of the order. All businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
Minturn Town Hall is open to the public, with standard operating hours of 8am - 5pm, M-F (Excluding holidays). We recommend that you call or email first, to see if your needs can be handled without in-person contact.
- Statewide SBDC Resources specific to COVID-19 response are being compiled and updated here: www.coloradosbdc.org/covid
- County-specific business information including tools that can help business owners anywhere is compiled here: Eagle County
- Updates from the Northwest SBDC will be published most quickly here: www.facebook.com/NWCOSBDC
Save Small Business Coalition
As Vail Valley Partnership, we view ourselves as first responders to the Eagle County Business Community. As we continue deeper into this time of uncertainty, the Chamber knows that the one thing you need right now to keep your business afloat is cash, period. To do something about this, we, along with over 80 chambers of commerce and business association, have joined the Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC).
Many businesses do not qualify for disaster loan programs and some can’t afford to incur additional debt. The SSBC believes that with a federally funded backstop to cover the business continuity expenses through defined grants to business owners impacted, insurance carriers and agents could potentially act as a distribution center for funds and likely help define the terms of the grants based on their experience as claims payors and policy writers.
The coalition advocates that Government funding be provided to the insurance carriers for a streamlined process without adversely impacting the overall insurance safety net. In addition to engaging the government, SSBC is seeking the collaborative support of not only Chamber of Commerce members across the country but many of the largest insurance industry associations representing carriers, agents and brokers. The faster all of these organizations can collaborate and work together to find a federally funded solution for small business continuity that can be dispersed immediately to small businesses, the quicker the vital heartbeat of the American economy can be saved.