COVID-19

COVID-19 updates and resources will be posted on this page as they become available. 

Central City will be utilizing the following Re-Entry Guidelines - Phased Facilities and Services Reopening Plan.

Effective the week of June 8, 2020, public access into City Hall is limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. by appointment only. To book an appointment, please click here. If you need assistance, please click here or call (303) 582-5251 ext. 305. 

Updates on our status can be found by emailing individual staff members, by reviewing this COVID-19  page, or by calling City Hall and leaving a voice message directly (please note many staff members continue to work remotely and have limited access to voicemail). An additional resource is the city Facebook page.

Essential public safety services, including Law Enforcement, Fire Protection, Public Utilities (Water) and Public Works, will continue operations as normal. Additional measures are in place to continue operations for non-emergency services.

Central City Emergency Order 20-01 - An Emergency Order of the City of Central, Colorado, requiring the use of face coverings in certain public settings for the promotion of health and suppression of disease. 

  • Mask Up - While supplies last, masks are available at the Visitor Center at 103 Eureka Street. 
Mask Up

Administrative Directive - Electronic Meetings - Emergency electronic participation policy for regular and special meetings of City Commissions.

Emergency Declaration Resolutions:

 

The county has established a COVID-19 Hotline, where residents can call or email questions about the pandemic, get information about local resources, community closures or other news. Contact: 303.515.4342 or covid19@gilpincounty.org.

For the most up-to-date Gilpin County information, visit the following: Gilpin County Sheriff Facebook, Twitter, and/or website; as well as the Gilpin County Public Health Facebook.

Community Updates

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved the County's variance from the safer at home guidelines. The tentative reopening date for casinos in Central City and Black Hawk is June 17, 2020. 

Thank you to Mountain Forum for Peace - Mountain Mask Project for donating the much needed masks to our community. To get involved, please see below:

July 16, 2020Gov. Polis Issues Statewide Face Mask Order

April 22, 2020 - The State is currently in the Safer-at-home phase. Please review Public Health Order 20-28 and safer-at-home Best Practices for more information.

For more information regarding COVID-19:

    Colorado COVID Relief Fund

    The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. More information here.

    Colorado Lending Source

    Crowdfunding Loans

    Economic Disaster Loans - SBA

    SBA resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications on June 15 to all qualified small businesses, including U.S. agricultural businesses. The SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief programs are still providing funds/relief as well.

    Energize CO Gap Fund - NEW

    The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. The application will go live no later than August 1, 2020.

    The HartBeat of Main Street - NEW

    The HartBeat of Main Street Grant is designed to support brick-and-mortar businesses as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country, while also helping to revitalize and strengthen older and historic Main Street and commercial districts. The program will fund solutions that help small businesses respond and adapt to the pandemic. As an applicant, you may apply for any amount between $5,000 and $15,000 USD. Final awards will be determined on a case by case basis. Deadline is August 23, 2020.

    Industry Specific Resources

    Arts

    Liquor

    Nonprofits

    Regulated Marijuana Businesses

    Restaurants & Bars

    Retail

    OEDIT

    The Office of Economic Development and International Trade has developed the following list for alternative funding sources beyond the common Economic Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program. 

    PPP Loans

    The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. 

    Small Business Development Center

    The Colorado Small Business Development Center also offers disaster preparedness services as well as business consulting at no-cost. Visit their Disaster Preparedness page to learn more about various grants, loans, and other assistance made available amidst COVID-19. 

    Gilpin County has available the following resources for accessing food:

    • Emergency Assistance: Limited rent, food, and medical assistance is provided for income eligible Gilpin County residents as funds are available. 
      • Contact: Jennifer Josselyn, 303-582-5444, or by email.
    • Gilpin County Food Bank: Open Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and food boxes can be picked up at the Justice Center parking lot by the Court and Human Services entrance (2960 Dory Hill Road). This distribution is open to anyone in Gilpin County and consists of one box of food per family. 
      • Contact: David Josselyn, 303-515-4309 or email or Katy Massa 303-515-4393 or email
    • Meals on Wheels: Meals on wheels will be delivered to participants Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Participants will receive a knock on the door and the meal will be left on your doorstep in order to comply with the social distancing guidelines.
    • Senior lunches will be provided on a “grab-n-go” basis on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Pick up location is at the Community Center parking lot located at 250 Norton Drive.
    • View food services for seniors for additional resources from Gilpin County.
    • Please visit Gilpin County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page for updates.

    State Resources

    Unemployment

    Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. These biweekly benefit payments help job seekers focus on their path to employment and help lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. The initial processing time for a claim takes four to six weeks; then if it is determined you qualify to receive payment, you are paid every two weeks from a fund paid by employers. The State of Colorado outlines the process in their handbook

    Alternatives to laying off your employees

    The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

    Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules

    The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules (“Colorado HELP” 7 CCR 1103-10) requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: 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.

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers. Many of these workers currently have no paid leave and are being forced to choose between their paycheck, their health, and the health of the people around them. This is a critical step toward protecting families’ financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

    2-1-1 Colorado

    2-1-1 will work in conjunction with The Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP), a toll-free hotline for the latest public health information. Visit their website or dial 2-1-1 or (866) 760-6489 toll free. You can use 2-1-1 to navigation services to resources such as:  

    Housing, including shelters and transitional services, Rent and utility assistance, Applying for SNAP benefits by phone, Childcare,Food/meals, Transportation, Clothing/personal/household needs, Mental health and substance use disorders, Employment, Education, Medical clinics, Dental clinic, and other government/economic services.

    Local Resources

    Workforce Centers

    The Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center, serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin County, is located at 2960 Dory Hill Road, Suite 100, Black Hawk, CO 80403. 

    Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers alike. These include: Job listings, Computer & internet access, Career counseling & training for job seekers Recruitment of workers, pre-screening & referral services, Tax credits and training reimbursement for employers, and Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment needs.

    Contact Information:

    Xcel Energy

    Xcel Energy has issued a statement on COVID-19 responses which can be found here.  Please contact Xcel Energy directly if you are having difficulty paying your bills at this time.

    Help with phone and Internet access

    Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands.  

    Under FCC rules, consumers can demonstrate eligibility for the Lifeline program by either showing that they participate in one of the established qualifying programs, such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or by showing that their household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. Typically, they must dhow the household income over a three-month period.  
    Because individuals who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic may not be able to verify their income-based eligibility for the traditional three consecutive month rule, the FCC has issued the following waiver/clarification.

    Until June 30, 2020, consumers seeking to demonstrate that they are income eligible for Lifeline assistance can submit an official document that confirms their current income information, such as a notice of unemployment benefits. 

    A previous order that waived the requirement of Lifeline recertification, reverification, general de-enrollment, and usage requirements is extended until June 30, 2020. This extension will help ensure that no current Lifeline subscribers are involuntarily removed from the program during the waiver period.

    To apply for Lifeline, a consumer must use the National Verifier application system at:  https://www.checklifeline.org/lifeline
    The National Verifier is a centralized system established by the FCC to verify Lifeline applicants' eligibility or recertify a subscriber’s eligibility. 

    This program also applies to broadband service:
    On March 31, 2016, the Commission adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline program. In the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, the Commission included broadband as a support service in the Lifeline program. The Commission also set out minimum service standards for Lifeline-supported services to ensure maximum value for the universal service dollar and established a National Eligibility Verifier to make independent subscriber eligibility determinations.