UPDATED APRIL 6, 2020 -Eagle County issues updated public health order to slow spread of COVID-19
Order clarifies restrictions on recreational activity, adopts state guidelines on critical businesses. READ THE OFFICIAL ORDER HERE
COLORADO UPDATED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER. Read the Colorado Stay at Home Order, which includes guidelines for businesses HERE
ACTION REQUESTED: Take the one-minute survey
It is imperative that our businesses have their voices heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we encourage you to use the link below to respond to the Business and Worker Impact Survey of COVID-19 Virus on behalf of your business or organization. Adding your input now will help us develop a data-informed Eagle County Economic Recovery Plan and direct this information to decision makers as they address the economic implications of this situation.
The survey was developed by Business Retention Expansion BR|E COVID-19 Emergency Response Network for local economic developers to use to survey their clients. It is part of a national effort and is being deployed across the country now. Survey data will be shared with local, state, and federal officials to help us advocate for the needs of Eagle County’s business community moving forward
We are all in this together. Help make a difference. Let’s make decision makers aware of what is happening to our organizations. TAKE THE SURVEY >>
Eagle County COVID-19 Information: Business FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions for Business Response & Recovery
Click the link at the bottom to view frequently asked questions regarding how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Please keep in mind information, resources, and policies will be changing as issues and policies evolve. We will update as new information is available. READ FAQ FOR BUSINESSES >>
- 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
Webinar: COVID-19 Financial Support for Gig Workers & Small Businesses: How to Get Your Money
We need to take this seriously, NOW
Dear patients and community members,
We need to take this seriously, NOW.
In just a week, we’ve gone from 7 to over 50 confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases. The real number of local cases in the Eagle River Valley is more likely hundreds if not thousands of people. It is everywhere here; we just don’t have the test results to prove it, and we won’t anytime soon.
As we’ve seen in other countries, the way this disease spreads exponentially means it starts slow and then explodes and overwhelms hospitals and the healthcare system. This pattern stalls the healthcare system’s ability to adequately care for the surge of the severely sick and dying. This is what we are seeing in Italy and Spain right now. READ FULL LETTER >>
Eagle County Public Health & Environment
Updated public health order implements more aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
March 18, 2020 – Local health officials throughout Eagle County now suspect that hundreds, if not thousands of community members have contracted COVID-19. They believe the rapid increase in cases is expected based on the numbers of tests pending results. Building on the recent state public health orders closing bars and dine-in restaurants, Eagle County Public Health and Environment has issued a revised public health order designed to slow the spread of the illness in the community.
Minimizing contact with others and curtailing social and other gatherings is one of the most effective tools for reducing community transmission. County officials are urging against visitors and tourists at this time, as well as asking residents to stay home if possible. The public health order takes strong measures to promote social distancing by outlining which businesses are closed, limited, or excluded by the order. It also restricts the number of people in an event or gathering to less than 10, while specifying specific precautions that need to be in place. The order will remain in effect until April 16, 2020. The full order is available here.
Read: what is closed, what may stay open, and how this will impact testing for employees and the community at large READ FULL ORDER >>
Testing Procedures for Eagle County
Eagle County and Vail Health Notice for businesses
What should I do if staff show symptoms or claims they do?
Testing is not necessary for all patients and is being reserved for the most critical cases. Please be aware that the Vail Hospital Emergency Department is available only for life-threatening emergencies only.
- Individuals classified as high-risk (over 60 or with underlying medical conditions) that are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Those who are experiencing symptoms but are not getting tested are asked to self report symptoms for Eagle County.
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home and self quarantine themselves. They cannot see a doctor, so please do not ask for a doctor's note.
- Employees that develop illness (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) while at work, should be sent home and asked to call the CO HELP hotline at 1-877-462-2911.
- Consumer Advisory: Colorado Division of Insurance Establishes Special Enrollment Period | Uninsured can enroll in individual health coverage from March 20 – April 3
- Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
- Read FAQ: Fair Labor Standards Act and job protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Business Loan & Recovery
Gov. Polis Secures Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado's Small Businesses
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- Loan amounts: Up to $2 million
- Rates: 3.75% for small businesses, 2.75% for nonprofits
- Terms: Up to 30 years, based on your ability to repay
Open for Business and Jobs
Fill out form or view list of open businesses; post your jobs
Fill out the form to let locals know you are open
Vail Valley Partnership has created this resource for local businesses to keep the public updated about their business status during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please enter your business status on this Google form so that we can share this information with the community: https://forms.gle/np9PTsPMDX1CvK6Y7 *This form is open to the public and NOT limited to only VVP members, so please share with ALL Eagle County businesses.
Supporting small and local businesses in Eagle County
WhatBusinessesAreOpenInEagleCounty.com – View the lists of businesses who are open, in one way, shape or form (organized by their category). Please read how to support these local businesses in our community during this time!
Post Open Positions- Current Hiring Needs- Northwest Colorado
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Northwest Colorado Workforce Area is working to identify organizations that have immediate needs for temporary or permanent work as well as identify openings that are not impacted by the current state of emergency. This effort will work to align job seekers with current opportunities in the community. The Colorado Workforce Center can provide hiring assistance such as initial screening, virtually hosted interviews, job posting assistance, and more.
Town of Vail
Sales tax due date extension & Vail Transit suspends operations
To support local businesses during an unprecedented slow-down in the economy, the Town Council has elected to extend payment due dates for sales tax returns for businesses with a physical location in Vail. Beginning immediately with February 2020 sales tax collections due by March 20, due dates for payment have been extended at least 30 days to April 20. Town Council may further extend this date in the future...
RIDER ALERT: Vail Transit will Suspend Operations March 18
In response to public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus, Town of Vail buses will suspend operations on all routes effective at the end of tonight, March 18...
Federal, State and Local Business Updates: A Week in Review
Regulations, protocols & notifications — So many updates, who can keep up?
The Federal, State & County Updates: Regulations, Protocols & Notifications section of the Eagle County COVID-19 business resource page stays current to any major announcements effecting our businesses, non-profits and community.
- March 19 – Consumer Advisory: Colorado Division of Insurance Establishes Special Enrollment Period | Uninsured can enroll in individual health coverage from March 20 – April 3
- March 19 – SBA Disaster Loan Program: Gov. Polis Secures Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado’s Small Businesses | Approval Unlocks Billions in Economic Recovery Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- March 19 – Town of Vail extends due date for sales tax collection; Vail Transit suspends operations March 18
- March 18 – Families First Act Signed Into Law | The act provides for paid sick time, protected paid family leave, and insurance coverage for private employers with fewer than 500 employees, and public sector employers of one or more employees.\
- March 18 – EAGLE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH: Updated public health order implements more aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
- March 18 – VAIL HEALTH: We need to take this seriously, NOW
- March 18 – Gov. Polis, Coloradans Launch COVID Relief Fund – Nearly $3 million raised for relief efforts
- March 16 – State health department issues public health order closing Colorado bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos-- still allowing takeout and delivery
CLICK HERE TO WATCH: COVID-19 Business Resources & Updates
PLEASE rely on the official, trusted sources for information and not secondhand knowledge. Rumors and bad information spread faster than any disease out there, which only causes distress.
- Local business information: COVID-19 business resources and tools
- Eagle County information: ecemergency.org
- State information: Employers & Employees
- New Colorado website page: https://covid19.colorado.gov
- SBDC Information:Small Business Recovery Resources
DON'T MISS THIS:Tune in to Vail Valley Partnership's President & CEO Chris Romer is hosting a Facebook Live webinar to answer FAQ's on COVID-19 Business Resources & Updates from 2:00-2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd.
Audience is asked to send questions ahead of time to Director of Community Development Erik Williams at email@example.com, or the audience can ask questions during the session.
Colo. Department of Human Services | Office of Early Childhood
Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative
We know that approximately 80,000 of Colorado emergency workers have young children and without child care many of them will not be able to return to the jobs that are most crucial to containing the spread of the virus.
It is for that reason that Governor Polis called together a group of early childhood providers, advocacy groups, school districts and foundations to partner with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to establish a system of emergency child care for our most essential workers.
Employers Council | Colorado Nonprofit Association
Your Mission-Driven Workforce: Webinar
It is an unusual and distressing time to be managing employees. Things like required medical leave, unemployment, and processes if you have to cut employee hours are particularly challenging right now. This coming Monday, March 23rd from 9:30 to 10:30, a free webinar will be held with Employers Council – experts in HR issues – to answer your questions. This is an informal session where questions will be answered.
Registration is required. Follow the link to sign up.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Prevention tips and info
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Help Colorado Now
Volunteer or Contribute: Help at-risk individuals across Colorado
Become a Volunteer
We are specifically seeking people who can share reliable information, provide virtual support, deliver food, medication, and medical supplies, and help with daily tasks for people who live alone.
Volunteers for your Organization
If you are an organization, government agency, or nonprofit that needs volunteer assistance please sign up here. By working together, we can build a cohesive network to make sure no one falls through the cracks at this difficult time.
We must make sure we have the resources available to combat this outbreak. If you are unable to volunteer, we greatly appreciate any contribution you can make to the response effort. Every dollar will go to helping your neighbors and saving lives in Colorado.