Colorado Communities Moving Toward 'Protect Our Neighbors' Phase of Reopening Read More
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance expires 9/30/2020 Read More
City Council enacts Face Covering Order for anyone entering a Lafayette business Read more. . . .
Lafayette City Council approves outdoor dining, retail option for business Read More . . .
Civil Rights Guidance Read More . . . .
House passes bill to ease small business emergency loan rules Read More . . . .
Covid- 19 Testing for the General Public in Lafayette Read More . . . .
Covid Drive Thru Test Form Read More . . .
Covid-19 Related Issue and Concerns Read More . . . .
Submit Concerns to: COVIDbiz@bouldercounty.org
Boulder County Returning to Work Under Recent Public Health Orders Read More . . .
- Gov. Polis Mandates 10 p.m. Last Call for Alcohol in Colorado for 30 Days
- Gov. Polis Issues Statewide Mask Mandate, Effective at Midnight on July 16
- Colorado Workers to be Offered Paid Sick Leave Starting Next Year
- SBA Loan Advance Program Runs Out of Funding - SBA Still Accepting EIDL Applications
- Energize Colorado Gap Fund
- House Passes Paycheck Protection Program Extension
- Gov. Polis Orders Bars, Nightclubs to Re-Close Amid Uptick in COVID-19 Cases
- Boulder County Extends Face Mask Order Indefinitely
- Deadline to Apply for PPP is June 30. . . .Read More
- Gyms Can Reopen in Colorado Under New Guidelines
- Personal Recreation Information Read More . . . .
- Colorado Restaurants Can Resume In-Person Dining Under New Guidelines on May 27 View Guidance Here . . . .
- Colorado Safer-at-Home Guidelines Modified, Extended to July 1
- Boulder County Extends Face Covering Order to June 30
- Industry-Specific Safer-at-Home Webinars for Boulder County Businesses
- View May 25 Statewide Restaurant Guidance Here
- What Does "Safer-at-Home" Mean? A Quick Guide from the Governor's Office - View Presentation Here -
Boulder County Modifies Safer at home Read More . . . .
Boulder County to require face coverings beginning May 9 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.Read more.
Like many of you, the Lafayette Chamber has been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus over the past several weeks. During this time, we encourage our members to observe responsible preparedness measures. We have collected the following resources to assist you in preparing yourself and your teams to respond effectively to changing circumstances.
We also recognize that some of our members have begun to experience disruptions in their supply chains and/or operations as a result of the virus' global impact. We have collected additional resources to assist with business planning strategies and will continue to update the list as more information and recommendations become available.
These checklists are intended to help businesses comply with the Colorado Safer at Home Order and other applicable orders.
- Compliance with all public health orders is mandatory.
- Use of the checklist is voluntary.
- Completion of this checklist does not assure compliance but may be asked for as supporting documentation in cases of compliance investigations.
- Businesses are encouraged to share the completed version of this checklist with employees and post it for the public.
- for Retail
- for Field Services
- for Limited Healthcare Settings
- for Manufacturing
- for Office Based Businesses
- for Personal Services
All signs can be printed at 8.5” x 11”. Included in these signs is a “We Are Open” sign that lets others know you are complying with the Boulder County and State of Colorado requirements for “Safer at Home”. Please do a self-check using the checklist and display this sign in your window.
- Construction worksite safety ENGLISH - https://bit.ly/ConstENG
- Construction worksite safety SPANISH - https://bit.ly/ConstSPAN
- Restaurants ENGLISH - https://bit.ly/RestENG
- Restaurants SPANISH - https://bit.ly/RestSPAN
Created based on the guidance provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
COVID-19 Safe Social Distancing Calculator
Download PDF HERE
Government Updates & Announcements
The Federal Government is pursuing three “phases” of response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
- Phase 1: An $8.3 billion bill focused on the initial outbreak.
- PROGRAM: ~$3 billion for research and development for a vaccine, $2.2 billion for public health programs, $1 billion for medical supplies and other emergency measures, and authorization for SBA loans suffering from COVID-19 impacts.
- STATUS: Signed into law on March 6, 2020
- Phase 2: “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” A $104 billion bill focused on paid leave and unemployment benefits.
- PROGRAM: The includes free coronavirus testing, expanded funding for food security programs, increased funding for Medicaid and state unemployment insurance, and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.
- STATUS: Signed into law. Passed the US Senate on March 18, 2020 after passing the US House. You can read a full summary of all of the provisions by clicking here »
- Phase 3: A $2 trillion package supporting businesses and states.
- PROGRAM: This is a large federal relief program including hundreds of billions of dollars dedicated to small business loans, a $1,200 paycheck to most American adults, billions for corporate stock purchases, and more.
- STATUS: Signed into law.
- UPDATE: As of April 27, the Small Business Administration has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. Read more
Spanish Language Communications from Gov. Jared Polis
Colorado Safer-at-Home Order
Colorado Stay-At-Home Order
The State of Colorado has created a COVID-19 Hub of information. This includes all information regarding new cases, state guidelines, public health information, and more. Click here »
For quick access:
- You can read more about the Stay-at-Home order, including a list of critical businesses, by clicking here and access a FAQ document by clicking here. This order is in effect until 11:59pm on April 11, 2020 and may be extended.
Colorado "Critical Business" Designation
"Critical Business" Designation for Statewide Stay at Home Order: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Public Health Order 20-24, which defines "Critical Businesses" (listed under III - Definitions, Part C)
If your business is considered critical, you can fill out the Critical Business Self-Certification Form. The self-certification document is voluntary and not a requirement of any state order. It was created to assist critical businesses and law enforcement to comply with public health orders. Once you complete the form, you are simply asked to maintain a copy of the completed certification form in your business records, and produce a copy at the request of state or local law enforcement, public health agency representatives, or any other government agency with jurisdiction over the business, property, or any applicable licenses, permits or certifications maintained by the business. You do not need to submit it to the State and you do not need to receive any approvals from the State. Completing this form and having it on file will suffice.
50% Workforce Reduction Order
On Sunday March 22nd, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D2020-013 ordering Colorado non critical-workplaces to reduce in-person workforce by fifty percent due to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The order directs all Colorado employers to implement tele-work capabilities to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, the Governor encourages employers to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of workers during work hours and to keep employees on payroll as we endure this temporary disruption to commerce together.
For the full text of the order, click here >>
PLEASE NOTE: The critical workplaces that are exempt include:
- Health care operations.
- Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
- Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture. If they are a manufacturer, and would like to submit a letter to the State explaining exemption, they can submit it to Manufacturer’s Edge through Tom Bugnitz – See contact info below.
- Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
- Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
- News Media.
- Financial Institutions.
- Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
- Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
- Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
- “Critical Government Functions.”
Emergency Rules On Paid Sick Leave
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has passed final emergency rules on paid sick leave due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules follow the State of Emergency declared by Governor Polis, which included directives for CDLE to 1) engage in emergency rulemaking for temporary paid sick leave and 2) identify additional supports and wage replacement such as access to unemployment insurance. The rules temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide up to four days of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for Coronavirus. This will take effect today for 30 days, or longer if the state of emergency continues.
About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Understanding the Coronavirus Disease 2019
Financial Assistance/U.S. Small Business Administration
City of Lafayette Grants
SBA Disaster Loan
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance expires 9/30/2020 Read More
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment:
Emergency Rules on Paid Sick Leave
Business Resources and Planning Guidance
* Unemployment Insurance Call In: Denver Metro: 303-318-9000
* Toll-Free: 1-800-388-5515
* Spanish Denver Metro: 303-318-9333 Toll-Free: 1-866-422-0402
* Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TTY) Denver Metro: 303-318-9016 Toll Free: 1-800-894-7730
* Workforce Boulder County offices will be closed until further notice. During this time please use the following contact information:
* For General Questions: 303-413-7555 | 720-864-6600 | 720-618-7184 | firstname.lastname@example.org
* For Job Search: www.connectingcolorado.com
* For Virtual Resume Critique or Interview Prep: email@example.com
* For Business Customers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Remotely/Employee Well-being