News from the City of Denver
Update Oct. 7, 2021: COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Small Businesses
Update Jan. 4, 2021: Denver Moves to Level Orange on COVID-19 dial
As announced by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today moved Denver to Level Orange on the State’s COVID-19 dial. The move comes with increased capacity limits at many local businesses, including a return to indoor dining at restaurants.
Level Orange capacity limits include:
- 25% or 50 people, whichever is fewer, indoors at restaurants
- 25% or 25 people, whichever is fewer, at gyms and fitness businesses
- 10 pm on-premises last call
- 25% capacity at offices
- 50% capacity remains for retail businesses
While Denver has applied to take part in the State’s 5 Star Certification Program for additional capacity in certain businesses beyond what is currently allowable, the city and county has not yet been approved. Should Denver be approved, businesses will not be able to be certified for the program until Denver has met the Orange level metrics for at least two weeks and must continue to operate at Level Orange capacity limits.
If transmission levels reverse and begin to escalate again, the state may re-impose greater restrictions. If cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate remain on a significant decline, the state could move Denver back to a less restrictive level.
Visit the City and County of Denver's website for more information on Denver’s response to COVID-19.
The Denver Face Covering Order (PDF) was amended October 16, 2020 to require all individuals age 3 years and older to wear a face covering in all private and public indoor and outdoor spaces. Read the full order.
Cherry Creek North BID Signage & Print Materials
The City highly encourages businesses to display signage reminding customers and employees of best clean and safe practices as they navigate reopening. Listed below are several documents we encourage businesses to reference and/or display.
- Welcome Back, 11x17 (face masks, social distancing and no entry if sick)
- Face Masks Required, 11x17
- Custom We're Open, 11x17 (customizable blank template, see placeholder example)
- CDC Clean Hands, 11x17
- CDC Stop the Spread of Germs, 8.5x11
- State of Colorado print materials (8.5x11, 11x17)
Large Posters (for a-frames)
For vendor recommendations to outfit your space with signage, questions about the files or special signage requests, Contact Kate Lynch.
National Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act
Passed by Congress and signed by the President, the $2 trillion CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
UPDATE 4/24: After initial funds were quickly exhausted, the House and Senate approved $310 billion in additional funding for the Payroll Protection Program along with $60 billion for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
|Paycheck Protection Program||Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance||SBA Express Bridge Loans||SBA Debt Relief|
|Helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.||Provides up to $10,000 to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
||Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
||Provides a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
City and State Resources
|Small Business Emergency Relief Fund||Property Tax Relief Efforts||Colorado COVID Relief Fund
|Provides up to $7,500 in cash grants to assist eligible small businesses that may have had to temporarily close, have difficulty with paying their rent and utilities, or have had to lay off staff.||Recent executive order allows for greater flexibility for business personal property tax filings.
||Eligible community-based organizations can apply for a general operating grant of up to $25,000.