Governor Polis issues statewide stay-at-home order
March 25, 2020
Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus. The Governor’s Office have issues the following FAQs. Read more.
Governor Polis Encourages New Guidance for Grocery Stores
March 24, 2020
Gov. Polis sent a letter to the Presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees. In the letter, the Governor also applauds efforts currently underway. Read more
Governor Polis limits evictions, foreclosures and more
March 20, 2020
Governor Polis issued Executive Order D2020-012 temporarily limiting evictions, foreclosures, and public utility disconnections and providing support to unemployed Coloradans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The State is further mobilizing resources to improve and expedite efforts to mitigate, respond to, and recover from the current economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Governor Polis extends state income payment deadline to July 15, 2020
March 20, 2020
Governor Polis issued Executive Order D2020-010 temporarily suspending the state income tax payment deadlines to provide relief to Colorado taxpayers and businesses. Read more
Governor Polis establishes collaborative child care plan
Approximately 80,000 of Colorado’s 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. 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. Read more
For a full list updates and orders issued by Governor, visit the State of Colorado
Families First Coronavirus Response Act passes providing relief to
On Thursday, March 18, 2020 HR 6201, Families First Cornavirus Response Act passed into law and provides federal assistance for testing, paid sick leave provisions, economic relief. The law will be effective in early April. A summary is provided here. Key highlights include:
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) - $500 million to provide access to nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women or mothers with young children who lose their jobs or are laid off due to the COVID-19 emergency.
- Emergency Food Assistance Program - $400 million to assist local food banks to meet increased demand for low-income Americans during the emergency.
- Emergency Paid Sick Days Program - $5 million for the Department of Labor to administer the emergency paid sick days program.
- Senior Nutrition Program - $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.
Pitkin County is working with our State and Federal partners for how Families First Coronavirus Response Act can support our local communities. Check back often as the site will be updates as more information is recieved.
First federal bill HR 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act passes
The first coronavirus bill, HR 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 passed into law on March 6, 2020. It contains money for public health, coronavirus testing, vaccine development and financial assistance to the states. A summary can be found here. The full bill text can be found here.