As Colorado follows the “Stay At Home” order from the Governor and many businesses are shuttered or have had to develop workarounds to keep their doors open, we all know how the spread of the COVID-19 virus has impacted our community. With this said, we also know there will be a time in the next couple of weeks where the numbers in Colorado will hit a peak and people can get back to work again. As important as it is to follow current preventative guidelines, we as a community can also prepare for when a business can, indeed “get back to business”. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has developed COVID-19 projections to show how this pandemic will peak by state. View the charts by state at https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections.
To view the methods used to produce the projections click here
Coronavirus has had a huge impact on restaurants as well as other businesses and organizations across our great state but that has not stopped amazing generosity. ViewHouse is pledging 200 meals a day to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, helping various organizations throughout the month of April. View the story at Denver.cbslocal.com and if your organization or one you know is in need of donations please fill out a request form.
All ViewHouse locations are open for daily business offering door-to-door dining through Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, curbside pickup and off-site family catering orders.
Bemis Library resource pages are available to help you access all types of information. Right now the Library has temporary access to the Small Business Reference Center. Visit Bemis online resources and with your library card, you can find information to assist you and your business. You can also check out their other digital resources for you and your kids to help keep everyone in your family interested and engaged during the current ‘stay at home’ order. The April Newsletter details their many programs for adults, teens and children – Bemis online is always open! Don’t have a library card? No problem, sign up today!
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Small Business Resources Available – 3/27/2020
As small businesses are grappling with the current and potential impacts associated with COVID-19, there are available programs in place that can help. We have compiled current programs, options and resources available to small businesses that may be of financial assistance to your business. We will continue to update you with resources as they become available so please check this page often for the most current content.
In an effort to avoid confusion and for consistency, the Tri-County Health Department rescinded its Stay at Home Order issued March 25. Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a statewide Stay at Home Order which went into effect March 26 at 8 a.m. and will continue through April 11. For more information, visit the State of Colorado COVID-19 information page. Read here to find out what activities are allowed under this order.
Many city and county emergency 9-1-1 systems are being inundated with COVID-19 questions. Instead of calling the emergency number, the city is asking residents to call 2-1-1 for any questions related to COVID-19. Only use 9-1-1 for emergency calls. The 2-1-1 Resource Navigators are available 24/7 and have access to translation services so they can communicate in over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489 or by visiting 211Colorado.org.
While the Littleton Center is closed to the public, the Building Division is open with modified operations. Permits are being issued and inspections are continuing to be performed, but there may be some delays. Submission of permit applications and associated documents through electronic means is strongly encouraged, as well as grouping of inspections as much as possible to reduce the number of visits and interactions with inspectors. For questions concerning electronic permit applications, call 303-795-3751. For questions related to grouping and scheduling inspections, call 303-795-3739.
The city’s Electronics Recycling Event, normally scheduled to coincide with Earth Day, will be rescheduled in the Fall. This event is important to the environmental sustainability of Littleton but with the COVID-19 orders, it is best to delay it.
The city will close the two community gardens on Shepherd Avenue and Berry Avenue effective immediately through at least May 1. Staff will reassess in late-April and open the gardens with new rules to ensure the health and safety of all. Find tips to get started at home by visiting:
The annual Arbor Day Spring Tree Program will continue. The city will work with the tree supplier to deliver trees to all residents who have paid for them. Participants will be contacted within the next two weeks. The drop-offs will be done so there is no physical contact between staff and residents.
During this challenging time, visit littletongov.org/covid-19 for the most updated information. Everyone is encouraged to check on their family and neighbors and support local businesses to help Littleton stay strong.
As the states and experts urge people to practice social distancing, and issue “stay at home” orders to avoid contact to help flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus, some people are finding themselves with more time on their hands. There is a positive note where that museums and libraries around the world are inspiring people to stay curious and interested by offering free virtual tours, exhibits, eBooks, eAudio and academic databases to enjoy from their homes.
For now, while many institutions remain closed for March and most of April for the time being in the name of public health you can still view the online photography exhibit from the Littleton Museum as well view the YouTube video of their exhibit “The Way We Played” and check out all the online resources the Bemis Library has to offer! So, If you’re craving art and culture, books and resources amid a lockdown, here is your chance to take in all they have that the Littleton Museum and the Bemis Library have to offer without ever having to leave your couch!
Below are a few things you can do online with your library card. At Bemis Library their digital library is always open and free with your library card – don’t have a library card? Sign up today!
“Now is the time to stay at home” announced Polis in his latest emergency temporary “Stay At Home” order for Colorado which begins 6 am Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, April 11, 2020. Similar measures were issued in 7 counties across the Denver Metro area including Denver, Boulder and Tri-County Health Department which covers Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. With the growing number of cases in Colorado not at its peak, the Governor says adhering to the order will “saves the lives of countless Coloradans.” Click to view the press conference announcing the statewide order.
Littleton Economic Development is following marketing trends during this time of COVID-19. Here are a few key points to consider for your businesses. We will continue to monitor business marketing ideas and post them as they come in.
1) Be careful with your marketing right now, it should be more about people’s wellbeing vs. outright marketing…get second (or more) opinions on any marketing or social media going out. Before sending out any updates be sure to check the most updated COVID-19 news prior to sending out anything in the event something has changed.
2) As a way to supplement your brick & mortar location, consider the well-respected Shoppify.com as a way to start selling your products online.
3) Businesses should consider communicating with their customers via email- such as a letter to customers, letting them know they care about them and what their business has been doing during this time of COVID-19. Tell stories and keep customers up to speed and in the loop with what is happening with your business…show a human connection in these emails and use empathy.