May 22, 2020
CDPHE Approves Douglas County Variance Requests
Park Meadows Mall, restaurants, gyms and places of worship may open effective immediately.
The Board of Douglas County Commissioners is thrilled to announce that the variance requests to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for the Park Meadows Mall, restaurants, places of worship, and gyms have been approved effective immediately. The Board received the letter of approval on May 22, 2020.
“On behalf of our Board I wish to express our thanks to all involved in the preparation and review of these documents including our business community, Tri-County Health Department, our hospitals and the CDPHE. We are especially grateful to the citizens of Douglas County for adhering to the behaviors that led to the favorable public health data that supported this outcome,” said Roger Partridge, Board Chair.
View the Park Meadows Mall variance request.
View the restaurants, places of worship, and gyms variance request
Guidance for businesses can be found in these documents with amendments found in the letter of approval.
Staying Safe and Healthy with COVID-19 in Our Lives
Joint campaign with Tri-County, Boulder and Jefferson County Health Departments.
Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors – beginning June 1
Governor Polis’ Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors was released on 6/1/20, This Executive Order implements a number of measures that will allow many Coloradans to return to work and recreation in the great outdoors while we maintain a sustainable level of
Social Distancing. Any business or activity not addressed in this Executive Order or any accompanying Public Health Order (PHO) may operate in accordance with general guidance from CDPHE concerning group limitations, Social Distancing Requirements, and sanitation and
For testing information please visit COVID-19 Testing locations.
Local Government Links
- City of Castle Pines COVID-19 Information
- City of Lone Tree regarding COVID-19
- Douglas County Courts Courts
- Douglas County Government
- Douglas County Libraries
- Douglas County School District – Local resources for families that is updated regularly with information regarding meals, childcare, technology access, etc. for families in need during this time. School District Community Town Halls
- Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
- Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA)
- Highlands Ranch Metro District (HRMD)
- Town of Castle Rock
- Town of Parker
- Free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24/7/365. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.
- Crisis Center 24-hour hotline 303-688-8484 or 888 247-7472 toll-free
- Douglas County Mental Health Initiative Resources
Children’s Hospital Resources – Our experts have put together resources on frequently asked COVID-19 questions.
- Parents’ Top Questions About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- How To Calm Your Child’s Coronavirus Anxiety
- Family Life: Adjusting to the New Normal
- How to Help Teens During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Handwashing Tips for Kids
Child Abuse or Neglect – Call 1-844-264-5437. This line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round.
Douglas County Human Services offices are open to the public. The Department of Human Services is committed to providing access to public assistance programs during this time and we continue to provide all services in-person and remotely.
Do you have general questions or don’t know where to start?
Please call 303-688-4825 for questions and assistance with our services. Our offices are open and phones are answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Need Emergency Financial Assistance?
If you have minor child(ren) in the home, please complete the application for TANF by visiting www.colorado.gov/PEAK
If you do not have minor child(ren) in the home, please complete the Emergency Assistance application here.
Do you need to apply for Food Assistance (SNAP), Medicaid, Child Health Plan, WIC, Child Care Assistance, LEAP and other support programs?
- You can do so remotely, by visiting www.colorado.gov/PEAK
- PEAK is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If an appointment is required for approval, the Department will contact you to schedule a phone interview.
Questions about Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT)?
- Replacement EBT Cards can be mailed from the vendor, please call ebtEDGE at 1-888-328-2656.
- For other EBT questions, please call the Department of Human Services at 303-688-4825.
Need to get documentation to Human Services?
You may drop off, mail, email, or fax any documentation to the following:
- Dropbox is located to the right of the main entrance at 4400 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109
- FAX: 877.285.8988
- Email: [email protected]
- You may also call us at 303.688.4825.
What age are children allowed to stay at home alone? Please click here.
Need help with child support?
Child support applications can be made online at https://childsupport.state.co.us/ This website can provide general child support information along with specific payment information. You may call 303.688.4825 to reach a child support professional.
Need to apply for Unemployment?
To file or check on a claim for unemployment, please visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim
Looking for credible COVID-19 information?
- Tri-County Health Department
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- CDC COVID-19
- Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email [email protected]
The Treasury Department and SBA have released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application along with detailed instructions on how to apply. The application must be submitted through your lender. The form and instructions on how to apply can be found by clicking here.
Douglas County Disaster Emergency Waivers for Businesses to Address COVID-19 Safety Provisions
In anticipation that some businesses will need to modify buildings to accommodate social distancing and other safety measures aimed at minimizing the transmission of COVID-19, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to temporarily enable the Planning Director to grant waivers to some zoning requirements so that businesses are able to make operational modifications quickly and inexpensively. Examples of the types of modifications that may be requested are expanding the seating area of a restaurant into a patio area, converting parking areas to drive-up lanes to provide curb-side takeout, or adding an external door to enable better circulation within a store.
Please contact Planning Services at 303-660-7460 or [email protected] to inquire about your business needs.
Tri-County Health Department’s Business Re-Opening Task Force
This Task Force was developed to support businesses as they operationalize COVID-19 plans for reopening as an increased number of businesses begin operating under the state-wide Safer-At-Home Order in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. Businesses can access this service through email at [email protected] and by phone at 720-713-6030.
For businesses seeking clarity as to how the Safer at Home order affects you, please contact the Tri-County Health Call Center at 303.220.9200 or via email [email protected]. In addition, DORA regulated facilities, including but not limited to, dentists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, optometrists, and hair salons may refer to https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CODORA/bulletins/288ba4e and https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery for additional information.
- The grant process has now begun and will be on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying for relief funds up to $25K can apply here.
Unemployment Insurance Claims & Employment Needs:
On April 20, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits. For more information click here.
- Department of Labor
- OnwardCO.org is a COVID-19 response site that will provide support for individuals in Colorado impacted by job loss by connecting them to essential services, online training programs, and immediate employment opportunities.
- A/D Works has created a COVID-19 page for job seekers and businesses in need of employees.
- File for Unemployment (individuals)
Paid Leave Benefits:
- Colorado Health Emergency Leave Pay
- Families First Corona Response Act – Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Social Security Administration Corona Virus updates
Uninsured Enrollment Information
- Uninsured enrollment information – the State has opened a window to get insurance.
- Information on how uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance
The SBA launched a new website that outlines all of their programs at Sba.gov/coronavirus Small Business Administration Loans Information:
- Payroll Protection Program Made Easy (pdf)
- Find Eligible Lenders near you – Use this tool to find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.
- The CARES Act includes up to $349 billion for businesses with less than 500 employees to be used toward job payroll expenses, mortgage, utilities and other expenses.
- If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.
- You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Lenders will begin processing loans on April 3rd.
- The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
- Small businesses are eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
- The advance will be available within 3 days of application and will not have to be repaid.
- Small businesses can receive up to $2 million of working capital loans that can provide economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- The SBA will pay the principal and interest of new and current 7(a) loans for a period of 6 months.
- Small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender can access up to $25,000 to bridge the gap while applying for long term assistance, such as the SBA EIDL.
- If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
- Apply through an Express Bridge Loan Lender
The USDA is offering a Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program to help rural communities at this time. This program applies to rural areas outside and city or town with a population under 50,000 (for instance, Sedalia). Applicants should work with their lenders to gain access to the funds.
Business Information Resources:
- Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade updates on COVID-19
- Colorado Dept of Public Health Order Information & Forms CDPHE & Emergency Operations
- Colorado Funding Relief Effort – Help Colorado Now opened up a contact form for organizations interested in receiving funds.
- Castle Rock Chamber is busy adding all the businesses open in our Town, including lists of Restaurants, Retail, and Professional Services.
- The most complete listing of Castle Rock Restaurants, Retail and Professional Services open for business
- Northwest Douglas County Chamber & Economic Development Corporation
- Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce
- Castle Rock Economic Development Council
- Parker Chamber of Commerce
- South Metro Denver Chamber
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Denver South Economic Development Partnership
Volunteer Connect Douglas County – an online community resource that connects volunteers with organizations. The online resource easily matches individuals, families, and groups with volunteer opportunities that align with their skills, talents and interests.
FEMA Community Disaster Loan Program – Region VIII contact # is 303-235-4800. Provides operational funding for local governments to continue to operate after a substantial revenue loss caused by a major disaster, impacting the community’s ability to provide essential services.
Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer (CVM) – You do NOT have to be a medical professional to register in CVM
- This site is used to register, notify, and inform individuals who are interested in volunteering in the event of an emergency or disaster. Registration in the on-line database is your first step in meeting this urgent need within Colorado and the nation. Sign up at https://covolunteers.state.co.us/
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) – You do not have to be medical to join an MRC. There are several Medical Reserve Corps Units in the Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer (CVM). You must register in CVM before you can join a unit.
Donate directly to local food banks.
Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF)
The DCCF has established the COVID-19 Recovery Fund in support of the immediate and long-term needs of the most vulnerable among us during this crisis. For more information and to donate visit COVID-19 Recovery Fund
This website allows agencies, businesses, individual donors, volunteers, and emergency managers sign up to volunteer for the State of Colorado. Please note you may not receive any confirmation or follow up emails. Your name goes into the database and someone from the State Emergency Operations Center may contact you during an emergency to see if you are available for the roles you signed up for.
- Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at www.HelpColoradoNow.org. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise funds and coordinate the allocation of those contributions. Funds raised will be used to support the needs of communities impacted by COVID-19 in both response and recovery. Organizations helping with the response to COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for funds.
The Governor continues to encourage healthy donors to donate blood to prevent a shortage in Colorado. Coloradans can visit Vitalant.org or click here to find a blood drive or donation center in their area.