Senator Steve Fenberg | Safer-At-Home Order
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Safer-At-Home Order

26 Apr Safer-At-Home Order

 

A new phase for Colorado? Sorta.

Tomorrow, the statewide Stay-At-Home order will be replaced by a “Safer-At-Home” order. However, if you live in Boulder County (and several other metro area counties), a local Stay-At-Home order will be in place until May 8th.

So what does all of this mean?

Having a local order that differs from what you may be reading or seeing in the statewide news can get confusing, so think of it this way: the statewide Safer-At-Home order is the baseline minimum that all cities and counties must follow, but many of the metro-area counties will have more stringent orders in place due to the regional risk of the virus.

The statewide “Safer-At-Home” order does not mean that life Is returning to normal. We are still asked to maintain social distancing measures, and encouraged to wear face masks when leaving the house. Here are some things we can expect:

  • Group gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
  • Gyms, nightclubs, and spas will remain closed.
  • Some non-urgent medical and dental procedures will be allowed, but strict precautions will need to be maintained.
  • Vulnerable populations and older adults will still be required to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
Here in Boulder County, the main thing that will change from what’s been in place for the last month is that more businesses will be offering curbside pickup starting on Monday. Many of the other restrictions will begin to ease up on May 8th.

“The Safer-at-Home phase is not a return to normal. This is merely transitioning to a more sustainable level of social distancing that we are going to have to maintain for the long haul  likely months.”
– Governor Jared Polis


Below, I’ve highlighted some new developments from the state level, the federal level, and the local level. In addition to what is listed below, please follow the state of Colorado’s COVID19 webpage that posts current updates, along with a list of resources.

 

 

COVID-19 Updates

 

 

State response 

  • With the transition to a “Safer-At-Home” order, Colorado has finally begun to secure a much larger amount of covid-19 testing as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). More details and procedures regarding testing and contact tracing will be announced this week.
  • The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has launched a new website which connects Coloradans with job opportunities, resources, and services to assist those who have lost their jobs during this pandemic.
  • Colorado’s nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and assisted living residencies are required to submit a Prevention and Response Plan by May 1, 2020. More information on how to submit a plan can be found here.

 

 

Federal response

  • The President signed a $484 billion COVID-19 relief bill into law on Friday, April 24. The breakdown of the funding is as follows:
    • $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program. $60 billion is set aside for small lenders. This allocates additional funding for small financial institutions and community credit unions, as well as minority-owned businesses. The application can be found here.
    • $60 billion for Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans and grants. Business can apply through SBA’s online application portal.
    • $75 billion in grants to hospitals struggling to cover costs related to the pandemic.
    • $25 billion to increase coronavirus testing availability and accessibility.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has mentioned that Congress is looking to pass another bill that includes relief for states and municipalities. She has estimated the total cost could be roughly $700 billion.

 

 

Local response

  • Boulder County is extending the current Colorado Stay-At-Home order through May 8. This will give the county time to develop clear strategies and guidelines to operate safely when our community moves to the “Safer-At-Home” phase.
    • There is one difference between the statewide Stay-at-Home Order and the Boulder County extension: Beginning on April 27, non-critical businesses may also start offering curbside delivery of products, and travel to pick up those goods will be considered necessary travel.
    • Boulder Country’s press release on the extension can be found here.
  • With limited exceptions, Boulder County buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public until June 1, 2020. More information and exceptions to this decision can be found here.
  • Resources are available for those most impacted in Boulder County, and a call center is also open 7 days/week from 8a-6p to answer questions at (720) 776-0822.
  • With Boulder Valley School District suspending in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, SPAN’s Education Team has transformed their classroom-based violence prevention curriculum to an online format available to BVSD schools.

 

 

Resources for Domestic Violence Victims

 

This can be a very difficult time for those who are living in unsafe situations in their own homes. In addition, this pandemic increases isolation of those confronted with domestic violence. The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) has provided a list of resources for domestic violence survivors and their children.

  • The SPAN 24-hour Crisis & Information Line is fully operational at (303) 444-2424. Or email at hotline@safehousealliance.org.
  • The SPAN Emergency Shelter will continue to provide safe refuge for domestic violence survivors and their children. Precautions have been taken to limit the spread of COVID19.
  • SPAN’s Outreach Counseling and Legal Advocacy services can be accessed by contacting the SPAN crisis line at (303) 444-2424.
  • SPAN’s Housing Team is providing rental assistance and delivering food boxes to our community-based housing clients.
  • Youth involved in SPAN’s Peers Building Justice (PBJ) Program are meeting through video conferencing and planning a youth-led virtual Open Mic event for May.

 

 

 

Stay Informed 
For general questions, call (303) 389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. For written answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more, email COHELP@RMPDC.org.

Para información sobre COVID19 en Español haga clic aquí (Proporcionado por Denver Health).

 

 

Ways to Donate & Volunteer

 

 

If you’d like to donate or volunteer in the fight against COVID-19, head to HelpColoradoNow.org. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus. Also, private sector companies who want to partner with us on acquiring testing, critical constrained medical supplies, technology, or support services for people who are isolated, please go here to submit information.

 

 

More information will be coming out in the coming weeks, and I will continue reaching out as guidelines are updated and developed. As always, I will continue to update my Facebook and Twitter with key information, and let you know of any important developments.

If there is anything my office can do to help in the meantime, please feel free to reach out and we’ll do everything we can to get you answers to questions or point you in the right direction.

Stay safe,