COLORADO - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective 8 a.m. March 17 for the duration of 30 days. Establishments may continue to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru service or drive-up service, and must use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.
What are things that you can do to help local business and restaurant owners and their employees? Local restaurants are still able to offer “to go” orders for their food. So please place to go orders and tip the person that brings your order. Patrons can also purchase gift certificates that can be used at a later time but provide the businesses with income now. Many local businesses have websites where you can place orders, buy merchandise or purchase gift certificates without leaving your home.
For employees and employers, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced March 16 that assistance for workers and employers during temporary closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.
Workers who have a reduction in hours/wages may file an unemployment claim at coloradoui.gov. A list of resources and FAQs on how to file is available on CDLE’s website at colorado.gov/cdle and clicking on “Coronavirus Information and Resources.”
The Department is also taking steps to reduce the impact of these claims on employers who have had to temporarily lay off staff due to closures or slowdowns. CDLE encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs. Employers can also consider alternatives to laying off staff through CDLE’s Work Share Program. More information at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/node/23616 or by email at [email protected]