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The City continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impacts on the Louisville community. The page will be updated with relevant information and resources for our local businesses.
Please visit the City's dedicated coroniavirus updates page for information on City facilities and public health.
On March 25, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 17-20, which asks all Coloradoans to stay at home whenever possible. The order is in effect between March 26 and April 11; this supersedes the prior Stay at Home Public Health Order from Boulder County. The intent of the order is to reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the community and protect our health care facilities from being overwhelmed by cases.
- FAQ on Stay at Home Order (3/25/20)
If you have questions about whether your business qualifies as a critical business to operate, please visit the State's website or call or email your inquiries:
- 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
Please also reference the Amended Public Health Order 20-24, issued on March 26, from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
Help Colorado Now has raised $7.7M. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.
Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. There are three criteria areas to determine eligibility: Organization type, Populations served, and Alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact, and Recovery.
- City of Louisville News Article (3/17/20 @ 10:15 AM)
- Retail Food Establishment Implementation of Public Health Order (3/17/20 @ 3:30 PM)
- Amended Public Health Order 20-22 from Governor's Office (3/17/20)
- Public Health Order 20-23 Implementing Social Distancing Measures (3/18/20)
- Governor Polis has extended the state tax filing deadline for 90 days for both individuals and businesses
- Executive Order D 2020 011- Temporary Suspension of Enforcement on On-Premise Retailed Licenses and Breweries to Sell, Deliver or Provide Alcohol for Takeout
- Emergency Rule Adoption- Colorado Marijuana Rules Response to COVID-19 (1 CCR 212-3)
- Executive Order D 2020 013: Ordering Colorado Employers to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50% Due to Presence of COVID-19
- NEW! Federal SBA Loans for Colorado Businesses: As of March 19, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) has administratively declared the State of Colorado as an economic disaster. Businesses should access the SBA's website to learn more about disaster loans, including the application process.
- Resources for SBA Loan Process from the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC):
- Of the $8.3B spending package, $20M is going toward funding disaster SBA loans
- In the application process it is critical to state how coronavirus directly impacted the business
- Additional detail to guide your application:
- For businesses with 500 or fewer employees
- Deadline is December 17
- Loans have a max 30-year term. The interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits
- Loans are to be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable. They cannot be used to replace lost sales or long-term debt
- Small businesses and non-profits in the religion, gambling, casino, racetrack, and cannabis industries are not eligible
- How to reach the SBA with questions:
- Read the Governor's Letter to the US Small Business Administration (SBA)
- NEW! Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program
- This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 will less paperwork. EBL loans can only be made by SBA Express Lenders that had a valid Supplemental Loan Guaranty Agreement SBA Express Program (SBA Form 2424) in effect as of the date of the applicable disaster.
- Eligible small businesses are those that were located, as of the date of the applicable disaster, in the Primary Counties that have been Presidentially-declared as disaster areas, plus any Contiguous Counties. The small business must have been in operation when the declared disaster commenced, and must meet all other 7(a) loan eligibility requirements.
- Up to $25,000
- Fast turnaround
- Will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan
- Find an Express Bridge Loan Lender via the SBA's Lender Match Tool or through the Colorado District Office of the US SBA.
- NEW! Economic Disaster Injury Loan Advance
- Small business owners in all U.S. states are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. 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. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by directing $349 billion towards job retention and business operating expenses. The Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.
Eligible entities are businesses – including eligible non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors described in the Small Business Act – with 500 or fewer employees may apply. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.
The first step in accessing these forgivable loans is to prepare the materials necessary to apply. You should begin confirming your eligibility, gathering the necessary records (payroll, rent, utilities, tax and bank records) and estimating the eligible amount of your forgivable loan. The checklist below can assist in this data gathering process.
The Boulder SBDC is a fast-paced, hands-on, economic development nonprofit that supports the growth and resiliency of small businesses in Boulder County by providing free business consulting, practical workshops & events and connection to resources, including financing. The SBDC helps all types of small businesses – from startups through 2nd stage, from “Main Street” through highly scalable technology ventures.
Boulder SBDC resources for the impacts of COVID-19:
Colorado Lending Source has launched a new way to support small businesses: Kiva Hub Partnership. This program seeks to make affordable capital simple and accessible.
For questions, please reach out to the Capital Access Manager from Colorado Lending Source: Rachael Sall at email@example.com.
The Treasury Deptartment partners with community banks and community development loan funds with its Small Business Lending Fund to encourage small-business lending. More than 300 institutions participate nationwide. Find out more at the SBLF website.
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. The grants are to keep your workforce going strong, help with your rent costs, connect with more customers, and cover operational costs. Program details are forthcoming, so check for more information through Facebook.
With Executive Order D 2020 012, Governor Jared Polis authorized the county treasurers within Colorado to suspend or waive delinquent interest that may accrue as a result of delinquent tax payments for 30 days. Many taxpayers had planned to make full payments of property taxes by April 30, but with the changing circumstances due to COVID-19, this may now be very difficult for many taxpayers. From now until April 20, the Boulder County Treasurer’s Office will accept delinquent 1st half payments (originally due March 2) without interest. The second half payment of property taxes will be due June 15. For more information please visit: https://www.bouldercounty.org/news/late-payment-delinquent-interest-policy-for-property-tax-payments/.
As a reminder to all businesses with a City of Louisville Sales/Use Tax License, tax return filings and payments should continue through the normal process and timetable. Payments may be made through our online portal, by mail, or by use of the City’s drop box at City Hall. Sales and Use Taxes are collected in-arrears, so in March you are making payments of the taxes you collected in February. The City is making arrangements to collect mail so that we will be able to receive and process your payments. If you have any questions, please contact the Sales Tax & Licensing Division staff directly at 303-335-4514, 303-335-4570, 303-335-4524, or firstname.lastname@example.org. City offices are closed to the public, but staff is working remotely and will return your inquiry.
Learn more about options for online filing and payment.
The website for unemployment insurance has been overwhelmed by the high volume of claims. Applicants are being advised to try the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment website early morning or late at night when the load is lower. Know that a patch is being implemented on the website to allow it to deal with more simultaneous transactions. State workforce is being shifted to the UI call center are being lent to the agencies to deal with the higher volume.
To better support the significant number of individuals seeking to file unemployment claims online, the State is asking people to file on certain days based on their last names, as follow:
- Last name begins with A through M, please file on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after noon on Saturday
- Last name begins with N through Z, please file on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or before noon on Saturday
You need your Social Security number, valid ID and employer information, including hours worked and rate of pay.
File online at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim.
The Division of Insurance and Connect for Health Colorado today announced that Emergency Regulation 20-E-02 will establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for uninsured Coloradans to get health insurance. Uninsured people will be allowed to enroll in individual health insurance plans (meaning plans NOT from an employer) from March 20 through April 3, 2020. Coverage will be effective starting on April 1, regardless of when someone enrolls during that window. Only people who are currently uninsured are eligible to enroll, as this is not a period for people with coverage to change plans. Uninsured spouses and children will also be allowed to enroll at this time, even if one spouse or a child’s parent may already be insured.
Coloradans who lose their job, or who may lose their job in the coming weeks, and thus lose their employer-based health insurance, are reminded that loss of such coverage allows them a 60-day window to enroll in individual coverage, whenever that might happen throughout the year. See Connect for Health Colorado’s “When can I buy insurance?” page for details.
Precautions businesses can adopt to help prevent virus spread:
- Move from doing deep cleaning to performing deep disinfecting every night and during the day in restrooms, kitchens, and other surfaces where people may have placed their hands, sneezed, or coughed
- Make hand sanitizer bottles available at key locations, including welcome or check-in desks, cash registers and counters, food pick-up stations, and doors and entryways
- Ask users of items such as shopping baskets, cardio equipment, customer-operated machinery, etc. to use sanitizing wipes on handles and interfaces before using them
- Encourage and support employees to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms of coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, or a fever, and request that customers do the same
- Actively encourage employees, customers and others to adopt all of the Big Four Anti-Virus Hygiene Habits listed above-- including training staff on methods to avoid spreading communicable diseases and posting materials, such as the CDC poster `Stop the Spread of Germs’, to promote healthy habits
- Keep abreast of current developments and inform customers, staff and community of locally-relevant news and public health recommendations
- The Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) has created a list of more than 100 ready-to-use, dilutable and wipeable biocidal products that the EPA has approved as effective at killing viruses like the Coronavirus on a wide variety of different surfaces