The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a major impact on employment and the economy across the United States, particularly with regard to the hospitality and travel industries. With great uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic and its long-term effect on global economies, it is important to take advantage of resources available here in Colorado.
The State Department of Labor and Employment website provides useful information regarding unemployment benefits, wage claims, and (for some workers) availability of paid sick leave. Unemployment benefits are available to workers (including ski resort and entertainment venue employees) who have had their hours reduced to zero in the wake of COVID closures.
Additionally, Colorado will open a special enrollment period beginning March 20 through April 3, 2020 in which uninsured residents can enroll for a state insurance plan. The plans would kick in beginning on April 1. Residents who lose their job and employer-based health insurance coverage as a result will have a 60-day window to enroll in individual coverage on Connect for Health Colorado.
If you are able to provide assistance to others, you can volunteer or contribute to the state’s COVID Relief Fund on Help Colorado Now.