COVID-19 Business Resources- archived news updates 

July 28, 2020

On July 23, 2020 Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 144 mandating licensed liquor establishments to cease alcohol beverage sales to end consumers for on-premises consumption between 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 AM MDT each day. This order is in effect for thirty days beginning July 23, 2020 unless extended by executive order. 

Restaurants and bars are encouraged to visit the Colorado: Safer at Home Website to stay up to date on information regarding your business. 

June 25, 2020

The Colorado Safer at Home website has launched a resource page providing guidance for restaurants, food service, and bars. We encourage our local business community to read through the information and adjust their business operations to adhere to the current Public Health Order 20-28 "Safer at Home and In the Vast, Great Outdoors". 

May 26, 2020

On Monday May 25, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 079 extending the Safer at Home order to June 1, 2020. 

Additionally, Governor Polis provided guidance on restaurants reopening with certain restrictions on May 27, 2020- 

The intent of this guidance is to open establishments for the primary purpose of dine-in service, or what is colloquially referred to as “restaurants.” Any establishment that can adhere to the guidelines below and ensure access to food for on-premise consumption can open. The provision of food/meals must be from a licensed retail food establishment. Other kinds of establishments that do not serve food will be evaluated in June. Click here for more information. To download the COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants click here.

April 30, 2020

On Tuesday April 21, 2020, Fort Morgan’s City Council unanimously passed the COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant to assist our small businesses impacted by this pandemic. Due to the number of grant applications received, as expected funds have been exhausted. The City of Fort Morgan is no longer accepting applications. We encourage businesses who were unable to apply for the grant to check out the federal resources, programs, and loans available to them via the SBA and SBDC. More information can be found below under Business Resources. 

The City of Fort Morgan wants to thank our business community for the value and contribution they bring to our city. We will continue to work together to come out of this strong. 

April 28, 2020

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 044 amending the Stay at Home order and allowing retail businesses "to operate and offer goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery, and, beginning May 1, 2020, permit non-critical retail to allow customers onto their premises in a manner allowing for strict compliance with mandatory social distancing requirements similar to the requirements for critical retail". 

For information regarding retail businesses and guidelines they must follow click here.  

Governor Polis also launched the "Safer at Home" web-page providing information regarding the lifting of restrictions and new guidelines for Level 2- Safer at Home during COVID-19.  

April 17, 2020

Per the SBDC- Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program has been fully expended. The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The EIDL program is no longer accepting new applications and applications previously submitted for an EIDL Cash Advance and loan will continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Both the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Treasury are urging Congress to appropriate additional funds into these programs so that every small business who is eligible will have the chance to participate and receive the funds they need.

 Business owners should remain in contact with their lender and make sure they have the documentation necessary to complete the PPP application in the event congress appropriates additional funding to continue the program.

Click here for alternative funding programs, grants, and loans. Please note not all alternative funding resources are available for businesses in Morgan County and/or City of Fort Morgan.

April 9, 2020

As the SBA continues to provide information regarding loans, programs, and resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19; the City of Fort Morgan has complied quick links and resources below to assist you as a business owner in making the right decisions. 

What is the difference: PPP vs. EIDL

Current list of Colorado Lenders accepting SBA loan applications (lenders located in Morgan County are highlighted in yellow)

SBDC is offering free webinars on COVID-19 resources such as the CARES Act, PPP and EIDL loans, and marketing during a crisis.

As always we encourage you to reach out to our economic development office or Merle Rhoades, our Small Business Development Center Consultant at SBDC for assistance or questions.  

March 30, 2020

President Trump signed into law on Friday March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which is intended to assist business owners. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

For local assistance, contact Merle Rhoades, our Small Business Development Center Consultant at SBDC. He can be contacted at merle@eastcoloradosbdc.com. SBDC does not charge for their services.

March 24, 2020 3:02 PM

Governor Polis issues Public Health Order 20-24 which orders Colorado employers to reduce in-person workforce by fifty percent due to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. See PHO 20-24; beginning on page 3 for list of authorized businesses that are exempt from the workforce reductions. 

If your business is not on the list of authorized businesses, but is able to remain open and comply with the social distancing requirement that all employees remain at least six feet apart at all times, complete the self-certification on page 2 of Executive Order D 2020 013 and maintain in your business records.

 ’Social Distancing" standards include at least a six-foot distance from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs/sneezes, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

March 19, 2020

Governor Polis extends closure of restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and casinos until April 30, 2020. Polis also ordered the closure of additional businesses deemed “nonessential" such as nail salons, hair salons, spas, massage parlors and tattoo shops until April 30, 2020. Go to Updated Public Health Order 20-22  to learn more. 

March 19, 2020 2:03 PM

The City of Fort Morgan Planning & Zoning and Building Department beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 will continue to provide services through a walk-up window adjacent to the south entrance to the City Complex located at 710 E. Railroad Ave., Fort Morgan CO 80701. The City will continue to accept applications and building permits. Our building department will conduct site inspections by appointment. Please contact our building department for questions or to setup an appointment at 970-549-3907

March 18, 2020

Morgan County Economic Development Corporation, Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce, and Brush Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered to launch a "Eat out at home" campaign to encourage residents to patronize local restaurants and fast food chains in the City of Fort Morgan and Brush who are offering delivery, carry-out, or drive thru services. 

If your business is not listed please contact your designated Chamber of Commerce to be included.