Explore New Ways to Let the Public Know You’re Still Open for Business

The City of Centennial is calling on businesses to explore new ways to let the public know they are open for business. Feel free to get creative! Send us pictures of your temporary signs and post them on social media with the tags #Centennial #DoingMyPartCO.

For the duration of the local emergency, the City will not be enforcing regulations on temporary signs such as banners, freestanding, sandwich boards, directional, etc. Please make sure your signs are in a safe location and are not blocking the sight-line of drivers. For any questions or help, please call Centennial Code Compliance at 303-325-8041.

In addition, we are encouraging Centennial residents to support restaurants and bars that are still open by visiting the City’s Think Local web page: centennialco.gov/thinklocal. If you represent a restaurant, add it to our list by filling out this form.

Colorado Employers Required to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50 Percent

Gov. Jared Polis released a new Executive Order aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order requires Colorado employers, with some exceptions, to reduce in-person workforce by at least 50 percent by 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 24. It directs all employers to implement remote work solutions to the greatest extent possible and recommends employers stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of workers if remote work is not practical or possible. The order extends through Friday, April 10. Employers who can certify that employees are no closer than 6 feet from one another during the workday are exempt.

For more information including additional exemptions, read the full announcement or review the FAQs.

Alcohol To-Go and Delivery Allowed Through April 18

Governor Polis signed an executive order allowing restaurants with an on premise liquor license to sell alcohol for carry out and delivery. This order is in effect now and will stay in effect until April 18th. You can read the full order here. For more information on what you need to know, visit the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Website.

State of Colorado Launches Relief Fund and “Help Colorado Now” Website

Governor Jared Polis recently announced the launch of the Colorado Relief Fund to help communities through the COVID-19 crisis.

Mile High United Way and the State of Colorado are operating the fund together with help from community leaders statewide. Funds will provide resources to organizations working in communities disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.

Bank of America, Morgridge Family Foundation and Wells Fargo are underwriting the fees of processing contributions. Organizations that have contributed so far Bank of America, Delta Dental Foundation, FirstBank, Rose Community Foundation, The Denver Foundation, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy. Donate today.

The state also set up a “Help Colorado Now” website at covrn.com, where you can find volunteer opportunities, lists of needed items and links to donate. Tips for staying healthy while volunteering are available at Spark the Change Colorado.

State and Other Online Resources

• Learn about child care resources for health care workers and others providing essential services.

• Read about state-mandated emergency paid sick leave.

• Learn how to file an unemployment claim.

• Find out about mental health resources for you or loved ones through Mental Health Colorado.

• Read the Colorado Tourism Office’s travel precautions and impacts to the tourism industry.

• See tips and resources for the manufacturing industry from Manufacturer’s Edge.

• Read the state’s tips for effectively cleaning your business.

Manufacturer’s Edge Business Disruption Survey

Manufacturer’s Edge is conducting a survey of Colorado manufacturers to gather information on business disruptions as a result of the coronavirus. A summary of the survey results will be shared with State and Federal business assistance programs to better support Colorado manufacturers. Individual responses provided will be confidential.

If you are a manufacturer, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center Offering Discounted Rates for Medical Personnel

Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center is discounting room rates during the COVID-19 outbreak for traveling emergency personnel, including doctors and nurses, government officials. Call 303-792-0433 or read more detail here and use the promo code P66.

Contact Your Creditors to Understand Your Options

The City of Centennial encourages businesses experiencing hardship caused by the coronavirus to contact their creditors to discuss their options. The City is aware that many credit unions, community banks, and other lending institutions throughout the Front Range are offering loan deferment and other options to help during the crisis. Please reach out to your financing partners for more information.

President Signs Federal Relief Bill

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed the Senate and was signed by President Trump on Wednesday, March 18. Under the legislation, employers with 500 or fewer employees will be required to provide employees who have worked for them for at least a month with:

• Two weeks of paid sick leave at 100 percent of the person’s normal salary, or up to $511 per day.

• Up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave at 67 percent of the person’s normal pay, or up to $200 per day.

The two weeks of paid sick leave apply to anyone:

• Told to quarantine.

• Showing symptoms.

• Exposed to the virus.

• Trying to get a test or preventive care.

Part-time workers are eligible, but businesses with fewer than 50 employees, health care providers and emergency responders may be exempted by the U.S. Labor Department.

The bill provides a tax credit to help cover the costs and the credit is applied to the tax the company or nonprofit normally pays for each employee’s Social Security. If the leave ends up costing more than the Social Security bill, the U.S. government will send the employer a check to cover the remaining costs.

Independent contractors who work for multiple employers are eligible for a tax credit of up to two weeks of sick pay at their average pay and 12 weeks of family leave pay at two-thirds their normal rate with the same caps as mentioned above. These workers must show they had to comply with a self-isolation recommendation or that they had to care for a child whose school closed due to the coronavirus.

The bill also provides funding for various food assistance programs and efforts to stabilize and increase access to unemployment insurance.

Read the legislation

Read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce summary

Streets at SouthGlenn Encouraging Takeout Orders

The Streets at SouthGlenn is supporting the restaurants within the outdoor retail center by encouraging residents to order takeout and delivery on Tuesday, March 24, during the Great American Takeout. About a dozen eateries are still open during the coronavirus outbreak.

Resources for Restaurant Workers and Bartenders

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

USBG National Charity Foundation

Colorado DOL Work-Share Program

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

CORE – Children of Restaurant Employees

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

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