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Centennial Creates List of Restaurants and Bars That Remain Open During COVID-19 Outbreak

While a lot of eating establishments have closed to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we realize that many restaurants and bars are still up and running. The City of Centennial supports our restaurants and bars in their efforts to provide delivery, walk-up, carry out, drive-through, or drive-up service. We encourage Centennial eateries that are still open to add their name to our Think Local list by filling out this form.

We also suggest updating your Google business profiles with the latest information and posting any changes in business practices or hours of operation on your social media profiles. We plan on sharing a link to the list of open restaurants and bars on our social media channels.

SBA Disaster Assistance Update

On Monday, March 16, Governor Jared Polis submitted a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to unlock assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for all counties in Colorado. Colorado is a leading state in compiling the necessary information and making this request. Once a declaration of economic injury is made, and the process for application is finalized, the City of Centennial will send a special edition CBM describing how to apply and eligibility.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Details

• Offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business.

• Eligible small businesses and private, non-profit organizations eligible.

• These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

• The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75 percent.

• SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

City Building Division Temporarily Changing Inspection Policy in Response to COVID-19

Effective immediately, the Centennial Building Division will be temporarily changing its policy for residential occupied home inspections until further notice in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Residential Inspections:

1. All inspections for new construction will be performed as usual.

2. All inspections on the exterior of a home – new roof, deck, siding, gazebo, etc. – will be performed as usual.

3. Inspections on the interior of a home or basement will not be performed at this time, such as but not limited to furnaces, water heaters, basement finishes and interior remodels.

Exceptions and/or emergencies will be evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure public health and safety. This plan is to minimize exposure between City employees and the public, as requested by public health officials for social distancing. For additional information, send an e-mail to buildingdivision@centennialco.gov.

Use the Hashtag #DoingMyPartCO to Share Inspiring Stories During Difficult Time

How is your business coping with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak? Do you know about businesses working together during this difficult time? Join the social media campaign that tracks positive actions during the coronavirus outbreak. If you know of a story of giving back during this time, please share it by using the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO or send an e-mail to Economic Development Director Neil Marciniak at nmarciniak@centennialco.gov

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses - General Information & Assistance

Below are a few agencies and programs that could provide much-needed assistance during economic hardships. As always, we will use this e-newsletter and the City website to communicate important information as it becomes available. If you would like to sign up for our other e-newsletters, go to centennialco.gov/notifications.

Small Business Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is making available targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus Crisis. The State of Colorado is currently working with the SBA and the state’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network to secure access for Colorado businesses and we will share details as soon as they are made available. You can learn more about the SBA’s Coronavirus Disaster Relief Lending here.

There are a number of resources online that may be helpful to you and your colleagues.

Colorado SBDC COVID-19 Resources

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses

Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses from the SBA

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

• Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Health and Safety

• Tri-County Health Department - Serving Arapahoe County

• OSHA - COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control, and Prevention

• US Chamber of Commerce - Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus

US Chamber of Commerce - Understanding the Coronavirus Webinar for Business

HR/Employment

• Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Information

• US Department of Labor - Fair Labor Standards FAQs

US Department of Labor - FMLA FAQs

Emergency Sick Leave

Governor Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency for Colorado and triggered emergency rule making by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

CDLE published the Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules on March 11. The rules require that employers provide up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for COVID-19 in select industries: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals; and nursing homes and community living facilities.

The requirement is not on top of sick leave an employer already provides and does not cover wage replacement should an employee test positive and require quarantine resulting in lost work time and wages. Other wage replacement options are still under review by CDLE and we will keep you up to date as we learn more. We want to make sure you are aware of all resources available, as we realize this mandate may be difficult for many employers.

Read the FAQs.

General Business Resources

Aurora - South Metro Small Business Development Center | Business Licensing & Registration | Arapahoe/Douglas WORKS! | Arapahoe Libraries Business Support Services

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Contact Centennial's Economic Development Division

Neil Marciniak, Economic Development Director | 303-754-3351 | nmarciniak@centennialco.gov

Stewart Meek, Economic Development Specialist | 303-754-3410 | smeek@centennialco.gov

City of Centennial, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112 | 303-325-8000

www.centennialco.gov