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COVID-19: Policy News

Lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels are responding to COVID-19 with a variety of policy actions to support businesses and workers as they navigate today’s challenges. Read the latest policy and related news to learn how you can access aid.

FEDERAL

Federal Stimulus Package: Find out how the $2.2 trillion economic relief bill may help you, your family and your business.

 Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Learn about the first COVID-related legislation to pass through Congress that requires businesses to offer paid medical leave, provides for free testing and expands Medicaid funding.

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act: This $8.3 billion bill provides emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Colorado’s Disaster Declaration: President Trump approved Colorado’s Disaster Declaration on March 28, unlocking more federal funding for state, local and tribal recovery efforts. View the announcement.

STATE

2020 Session Suspended: State legislators temporarily suspended the legislative session until March 30, and then voted March 30 to extend the suspension until April 2.

State Budget: The Joint Budget Committee is preparing for a major decline in state revenue.

State Receives Declaration to Enable Small Businesses to Apply for Federal Loan: Learn more about these loans or apply directly at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

LOCAL

Denver Relief Package: The City and County of Denver has launched a small business relief program that includes $7,500 grants for qualifying businesses.