The Metropolis of Fort Morgan created a webpage of assets for small companies and different details about the town’s response to the COVID-19 emergency on Friday, March 20.
Financial Improvement Specialist Sarah Crosthwaite stated she’s going to replace that web page with new assets as extra details about state or federal help turns into obtainable. Amongst different gadgets, that web page contains details about the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration’s monetary hardship loans newly made obtainable to Colorado.
Colorado was formally designated to obtain SBA monetary hardship funding in response to the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, March 19. In an interview with the Occasions earlier this week, Crosthwaite stated it is crucial for native companies to make the most of these monetary hardship loans.
“Any companies experiencing a monetary hardship are inspired to finish and submit the Financial Harm Worksheet,” the town’s web site says.
Many small companies in Fort Morgan and Morgan County are already feeling the consequences of statewide restrictions in response to the coronavirus. County financial and enterprise teams are working to advertise native eating places nonetheless offering supply or take-out service throughout statewide seating bans.
Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday prolonged the statewide closure of eating places, bars, gyms, film theaters, and casinos till April 30, 2020. His order requires the closure of all “nonessential” companies till April 30.
Additionally on Thursday, Morgan County declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fort Morgan has not but issued a metropolis state of emergency, however Morgan County declared an emergency on Thursday evening. Town of Brush plans to declare a catastrophe throughout its Monday, March 23 council assembly and in addition approve digital participation in metropolis council conferences.
Metropolis Clerk John Brennan stated the town of Fort Morgan is speaking with its legal professional concerning the potential for declaring a state of emergency and about what that declaration would entail. He stated he doesn’t count on the town to announce any main adjustments “instantly.”
“The best way that issues have been transferring at a fairly speedy tempo, we wish to see how issues unfold for the brief time period after which see what we have to enact,” Brennan stated.
Brennan stated the town has not taken any extra motion but concerning enterprise closures or social restrictions aside from what has been suggested by state and federal sources. He additionally stated the town doesn’t count on to have the ability to present direct monetary help to companies.
“We’re sort of centered on maintaining our regular operations going and persevering with to offer all of the providers that we offer, primarily utilities,” Brennan stated.
Town closed the Armory Recreation Middle, Senior Middle and Library this previous week in response to the virus, and later moved to shut the town utility constructing workplace.
Brennan stated Metropolis Corridor is now closed to the general public with a purpose to keep advisable social distancing. He and different metropolis workers are nonetheless working within the constructing and can be found by cellphone or e mail.
“There’s an indication on the (Metropolis Corridor) door with all of the contact cellphone numbers for numerous departments,” Brennan stated.
Fort Morgan will proceed to watch and replace its response to the coronavirus outbreak.