09 Feb Recess Is Almost Over
One week from today we’re kicking off the 2021 legislative session – again. Recess is almost over, and I’m ready to hit the ground running on what promises to be a packed session. As we round the corner on one full year of COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions to our normal lives, it’s clear we have our work cut out for us. The Senate Dems and I have been preparing legislation to build our state back stronger than before, as well as right a few wrongs that we know already existed.
I wanted to quickly touch base before then to provide you with a few new updates and resources. Things are moving quickly, and it can be tricky to keep up with all of the changes to the vaccine distribution plan, unemployment system updates, and relief opportunities.
But first, this Thursday at 5:30 PM, I’m joining Representatives Hooton and Amabile for a climate focused virtual town hall. This event is being hosted by Empower Our Future, but is open to all. We’ll be sharing our priorities for session and previewing our climate legislation. Register for the event here, and submit questions ahead of time using this form.
Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program Deadline Extended
The new application deadline is Friday, Feb 19 at 5 p.m. This grant program was created by legislation we passed in the Special Session. Eligible businesses include: restaurants, bars, caterers, movie theaters, gyms, and recreation centers. Access the online application here.
Open Enrollment Reopens: Feb. 8th-May 15th, 2021
Under the guidance of President Biden’s recent healthcare executive order, Colorado is holding an additional open enrollment period for uninsured Coloradans to get healthcare coverage. Sign up on Connect for Health CO’s website.
Resources to Navigate Colorado’s Unemployment System
Navigating Colorado’s unemployment system isn’t easy. Here are a number of resources available to help you out:
✅ File a claim: http://bit.ly/2MPabty
✅ FAQs: http://bit.ly/2MfQDyx
- Starting this week, child care workers, teachers (full-time and substitutes), bus, food, counselors, administrative, safety, and other support services offered inside schools are eligible for the vaccine.If you’re in this group, you’ll receive information about your vaccine through your employer.
- Also starting this week, people over 65 will be able to sign up to receive a vaccine through a vaccine provider. Find information about vaccine providers here, or call the state’s hotline at 1-877-268-2926.
- Governor Polis announced that foodservice workers are now included in Phase 1B.3 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Phase 1B.3 is scheduled to start March 5th.
We have a new COVID-19 framework: Dial 2.0
- With the sustained decrease in new infections and hospitalizations, the Department of Public Health & Environment rolled out a new dial, with new capacity restrictions.
- Boulder County is now at level yellow. Find out what that means here.