COVID-19 updates and resources will be posted on this page as they become available.
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in support of preventative measures promoted by global, national, state and local public health authorities, City Facilities will be temporarily closed to the public - this is a precautionary action to aid in slowing the spread of this virus.
City of Central facilities will be closed to the public effective Friday March 13, 2020 (until further notice).
This closure applies to the following buildings:
- City Hall - 141 Nevada Street
- Central City Visitor Center - 103 Eureka Street
This precaution is intended to support the health, safety and welfare of the public. Nevertheless, this plan of action may cause disruptions for those who use our services, and we are committed to working through this and mitigating any impacts. The status of future public events and meetings will be forthcoming (TBD).
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. Residents may continue to contact City staff by email regarding non-emergent programs and services. Updates will be posted here as new information becomes available.
- NOTICE - Central City Facility Closures
- FACTS - Information on COVID-19
The County has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in support of the COVID-19 concern. The EOC is staffed in person/virtual and here to support needs, questions or concerns. If you need to contact the EOC please feel free to call at 1-303-515-4335. Public Health is sitting at the ESF-8 Desk and can be reached at 1-303-515-4339.
On March 26, 2020 Governor Polis passed an Executive Order ordering Coloradans to stay at home due to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. Public Health Order 20-24 (updated) outlines the requirements of the state order.
For more information regarding COVID-19:
- Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website for COVID-19 updates
- Call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
- Email CO HELP at COHELP@RMPDC.org for responses in English or Spanish
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control
- CDPHE COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Childcares
- CDPHE Guidance for School and Child Care Closure
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.
- Start a Claim
- Qualifying for Benefits
- Services for Employers
- FAQs regarding Unemployment
- Department of Labor and Employment Contact Information
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.
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.
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, Other government/economic services
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
- Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment needs.
- Phone: (303) 582-6003
- Fax: (303) 582-5798
- Office ID: 3158
- E-mail: GilpinWFC@jeffco.us
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.
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 Tuesdays and 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.
- 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.
Delivery and/or to-go options are available from:
- JKQ BBQ located at the Teller House. View their menu and delivery information on their Facebook Page.
- Dostal Alley on Main Street. Visit their Facebook Page for more information.
- Mayor Willies Coffee and Donuts on Main Street. Visit their Facebook Page for more information.
- Visit Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce for additional delivery/to-go options.
If additional restaurants are offering delivery, let us know by messaging Main Street Central City on Facebook.
Guidance for Food and Beverage Retailers
In response to the “Notice of Public Health Order 20-22 CLOSING BARS, RESTAURANTS, THEATERS & CASINOS STATEWIDE” this guidance is being provided for immediate implementation. Please note, the order still allows for and encourages takeout and delivery of food. Please minimize in-person interaction which is the primary means of COVID-19 transmission.
Please follow this link to business resources from SBA, SBDC, OEDIT, and industry specific guidance.
What's open in Central City?:
Please view this directory to contact our local businesses regarding changes in operations. Please note, the information in this directory may be edited by the local businesses directly by requesting “edit access” and some information has been compiled from the social media pages of local businesses. It is recommended to visit their websites or call the local business directly for any services and the most up-to-date information given the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social Distancing Guidance:
In the folder you can find:
- Posters: Post these “Stop the spread of germs” (tabloid size) posters at your organization and share with your partners.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 FAQ from JCPH: This is updated weekly. Please share this resource and refer to it for guidance on messaging. This is currently being translated into Spanish and will be available on our website and in the Google folder soon.
- CDPHE COVID-19 Fact Sheets: These are now available in multiple languages.
- Sample Email/Newsletter Copy: There are a few different newsletter/email options here. Use/adapt this copy to share with your audiences.
- Sample Social Media Copy: New messages added. Use/adapt this copy to share with your audiences.