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Safer-at Home Phase
What is Safer-at-Home?
The Social Distancing work done by Coloradans has worked to help flatten the curve. However, Governor Polis believes that the level of Social Distancing under the Stay-at-Home order is not sustainable for all areas of Colorado. Safer-at-Home is the second phase of Colorado’s COVID-19 response that is a “phase of individual responsibility, and a phase of sustainability.”
How does Safer-at-Home differ from Stay-at-Home?
The Stay-at-Home Order will expire on April 26th.
Beginning on April 27th, Retail Stores can begin using curbside pick-up and real estate showings can resume. Elective surgeries and Dental Offices may re-open if following social distancing guideliness.
On May 1st, Retail and Personal Services can open if they follow the safe practices, including keeping 6-feet between customers and limiting the number of customers in the store. Personal Services include hair salons, personal trainers, and dog parlors, among others. For questions about which businesses may re-open, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ or reach out to Jeni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 4th, non-essential offices may re-open to 50% capacity if symptom and temperature checks are in place for employees. Coloradans should continue to work from home if at all possible.
Is this a Grand Re-opening of Colorado?
No, this is not a grand re-opening. In fact, it is quite the opposite. During this new phase, parts of the economy may re-open but must follow the same social distancing requirements that are currently in place, including keeping 6 feet between one another and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. People should continue to restrict their non-essential travel as much as possible. Coloradans should not throw parties, plan trips to the mountains, or play pick-up soccer games under this order.
This is a slowly phased-in adjustment to our COVID-19 response. If Coloradans stop following the social distancing requirements, there will be a spike in cases and a Stay-at-Home order will need to be reinstated.
2020 Federal COVID-19 Rebates
Why is Congress proposing to pay rebates to individuals?
The public health and economic consequences of COVID-19 are significant. These rebates help Americans afford what they need during this public health crisis, as many are experiencing a significant cash crunch.
When will the rebates be distributed?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will work to deliver rebates quickly in the form of advance payments. For people who filed a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019, payment processing will be based on payment or
address information already on file with the IRS. Electronic distributions will be automatic to an account the payee authorized January 1, 2018 or later.
How large are the rebates?
The amount of the rebate depends on family size. The payment is $1,200 for each adult individual ($2,400 for joint filers), and $500 per qualifying child under age 17. The advance payment of rebates is reduced by $5 for every $100 of income to the extent a taxpayer’s income exceeds $150,000 for a joint filer, $112,500 for a head of household filer, and $75,000 for anyone else (including single filers).
Do rebates need to be repaid?
No, rebates do not need to be repaid. If an individual experienced an income loss in 2020 or if they have an increase in family size, they may be able to claim an additional credit of the difference when the individual files
their 2020 tax federal income tax return in 2021.
How will rebates be delivered?
It depends. Rebates will be delivered automatically—by the IRS—to most Americans who file individual federal income tax returns. When available, electronic direct deposit will be used in place of mailing a physical check.
Many individuals don’t need to file a tax return. Are non-filers eligible for rebates?
Yes. There is no earned income requirement to be eligible for a rebate, but non-filers may need to take additional steps to receive their rebates. The Social Security Administration will share information for Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) beneficiaries with IRS to help ensure these beneficiaries receive an automatic advance payment. The IRS will conduct a public awareness campaign to reach other non-filers and provide them with information on how they can access rebates.
How will a person who has recently moved access rebates?
The IRS will determine payment delivery systems for everyone entitled to rebates.
Will the rebates affect my eligibility for federal income-targeted programs?
No, the rebate is considered a tax refund and is not counted towards eligibility for federal programs.
What identification requirements apply to receive rebates?
Taxpayers must have Social Security Numbers for themselves and their qualifying children in order to receive
Information and Resources – COVID-19
For live updates straight from the State Government, please visit covid19.colorado.gov. This website will be the state’s primary resource for information related to COVID-19 and will feature statewide coordinated response information.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has created the following phone line and email for COVID-19 info:
Phone: CO-HELP: 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
COVID-19 Safety, Testing, and Symptoms
The CDPHE has compiled information related to dealing with public health during this period. You can find that information here:
Information regarding COVID-19 Testing is here:
What should you do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms?
Helping Volunteers for Public Health and Safety
- Colorado Sun’s comprehensive list of information related to COVID-19
- Denver Post’s running list of events canceled and postponed in Colorado due to the outbreak of the coronavirus
- Colorado Sun’s map of where COVID-19 cases have been identified
- CPR’s Coronavirus FAQ
Workplace, Labor, and Employment Resources
Information for Small, Medium, and Large Businesses
- Information regarding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance loans
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease from the SBA
- CDC’s Environmental cleaning and disinfecting
- The Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses
- U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- Society for Human Resource Management: Coronavirus information and FAQs
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Information for the Restaurant Industry
Information for Colorado Workers
- Emergency Paid Leave Rule – This rule is meant to limit the spread of highly contagious disease and enables workers in at-risk occupations to access testing.
- Unemployment Insurance – During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as “job-attached.”
- Work-Share Program may allow certain employees who have reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits.
- Layoff/Separations assistance, information and resources
- Connecting Colorado state database for job seekers.
- Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation: Information on FECA Coverage for Coronavirus Disease
Education, Child-Care, and COVID-19
- Colorado Emergency Childcare Collaborative for health care workers, including critical support staff, and emergency first responders.
- Colorado Department of Education information on Emergency Feeding programs for school-aged children
- List of locations for meal sites from individual school districts
- If you don’t see your school district listed, look for their contact information on this website and reach out for more information
- CDPHE’s Recommendations on what to do when children are home
- Colorado Department of Human Services Food Distribution Household Programs for households in need with food assistance
- Colorado State University’s Updates, Information, and Resources for Students.
- Colorado Community College System’s Updates for Front Range Community College Students.
- U.S.Department of Education
Student Loans during COVID-19
How To Get A Student Loan Forbearance
- If you want to suspend payment of your federal student loans for 60 days without any penalty, you can contact your federal student loan servicer to request an administrative forbearance. This is not automatic.
- If you choose this option, you won’t be required to make any federal student loan payments for 60 days.
- Importantly, this only applies to federal student loans held by a federal government agency. If you’re not sure if your student loans qualify, contact your student loan servicer to confirm.
- If you are pursuing public service loan forgiveness, pausing your federal student loan payments won’t count toward the required 120 payments. That said, the program doesn’t require consecutive payments, so you can simply resume your federal student loan payments after the temporary period ends and still be eligible for student loan forgiveness.