In an effort to centrally locate information this post will be updated as more resources become available.  Please contact Corinne at 970-527-4101 or via email at to suggest additional information for the post. Thank you. Come together. Stay together. Work together.


Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis announced a Statewide mask order, directing Coloradans to wear a face covering while indoors. This Executive Order goes into effect at midnight tonight. The Governor also provided an update on the State’s response to COVID-19.

“Wearing a mask is an easy and highly effective way to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. The more we wear masks, the safer we will be and the stronger our economy will grow,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Unfortunately, this pandemic is far from over, cases are up,  and we have to find a way to live sustainably while protecting ourselves and those around us. Masks are the ticket to the Colorado we love and a critical part of supporting Colorado’s economy and prosperity. The best way to support Colorado workers and businesses right now is to wear a mask. I’ve said this from the beginning, and it’s still true today: together, we will get through this.”

The Governor was joined by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman, and State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy at the announcement.

Coloradans older than 10 years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space. A public indoor space is defined as any enclosed indoor area that is publicly or privately owned, managed or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public Indoor Space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel or a residential room for students at an educational facility. This includes wearing a face covering while using or waiting to use the services of any taxi, bus, light rail, train, car service, ride-sharing or similar service, or Mass Transportation Operations. Individuals 10 years old and younger, and those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering are exempt from this Executive Order.

Individuals performing the following activities are also exempt from the requirements of the Executive Order while the activity is being performed:

Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;

Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;

Individuals who are exercising alone or with others from the individual’s household and a face covering would interfere with the activity;

Individuals who are receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;

Individuals who enter a business or receive services and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;

Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;

Individuals who are officiating at a religious service; or

Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.

To protect workers, customers, and the community, no business serving the public in a Public Indoor Space may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter or move within that Public Indoor Space, unless the customer is wearing a face covering. “Any individual who knowingly enters or remains in a Public Indoor Space in violation of the terms of this Executive Order may be subject to civil or criminal penalties, including but not limited to prosecution for trespass,” reads the Executive Order.

Counties that certify for Protect Our Neighbors may choose to become exempt.

The Governor also announced that the State is going to put a two-week pause on issuing any new variances to counties in the State. CDPHE is having conversations with counties who already have variances but have fallen out of compliance by recording higher levels of the virus than permitted by their variances. These counties must take urgent mitigation steps to suppress the virus or they risk losing their variances. This is the prudent thing to do at this moment in time as Colorado gathers more data about the behavior of this virus.

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Volunteer Safety Guidelines:
The Town of Paonia has a designated volunteer coordinator for the Paonia area, directed primarily by the County Volunteer Coordinator Brian Ayers and Fred McKee.  Below is a link to some safety guidelines.
Volunteer Safety Guidelines

The Paonia Volunteer Coordinator is Debbie Kimball – working under the coordinated effort with Delta County.
North Fork Senior Connections has agreed to operate a loacal needs call center for all ages.  The number is 970-527-3482 or via e-mail at

Delta County School Student Food Service Info:

Paonia Food Banks:

Paonia Christian Fellowship Church
235 Box Elder Avenue: Details in link below 

Wilson Head American Legion Post 97
40772 Lamborn Mesa Road:
Phone: 970-527-6252

Additional Support:

Food Bank of the Rockies

The Salvation Army – Delta
104 CO-92 – Delta

North Fork Senior Connections
providing: telephone check-in, grocery and medication pick-up, meal deliveries
970-527-3482 or

Local Restaurants Offering To-Go Meals:

Remedy (inside the Cirque): 232 Grand Avenue: 970.527.2221 takeout
Living Farm Café: 120 Grand avenue: 970.527.3779 takeout, free delivery
Nido: 220 Grand Avenue: 970.527.9650 takeout
3rd Street Grill: 970.527.9797 takeout, curbside
Rio Bravo Mexican: 240 Grand Avenue:  970.527.3258 takeout, curbside
Paonia Breadworks: 530 Grand Avenue: 970.527.5376 takeout
BackCountry Bistro: 210 3rd Street: 970-527-5080 takeout

Business Resources:

NEW: LOAN FORGIVENESS Program for small businesses:   

SBA is providing disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19:

·         Estimated Disaster Economic Injury for Business – helps trigger federal disaster funding. Form is here:

o   Email the completed form to John-Michael Hill at Denver’s Economic Development Office:

·         Unemployment info:

·         Unemployment for any of your employees out of work due to COVID-19:


Gov. Polis Secures Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado’s Small Businesses 

Approval Unlocks Billions in Economic Recovery Loans for Small Businesses Impacted  by COVID-19


DENVER – Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved.


“The economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt across our state. We are committed to protecting public health and safety and will continue fighting to ensure the pain that Colorado’s small businesses are feeling is limited. This critical designation allows small businesses in all 64 Colorado counties to seek federal recovery loans that can help them through this challenging time. I thank the Colorado federal delegation for their efforts to help unlock this assistance,” said Governor Polis.


The SBA Disaster assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19. Funding was appropriated through the US congressional Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.


“Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade is committed to helping our small businesses access these vital funds,” said Executive Director Betsy Markey. “Eligibility information, loan application links and emerging economic recovery resources can all be found at”


“Small businesses are the fabric of our economy and their success is dependent on the ability to freely market products and services to communities across the state and world,” said SBA Regional Administrator Dan Nordberg. “Local small businesses are bearing the brunt of that impact and facing a severe decline in customer traffic.  SBA’s top priority is to assist businesses adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be the working capital lifelines they need to weather this difficult time.”


Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 can seek federal loans to pay key needs such as fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable.


About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at


Gov. Polis Announces State’s Economic Response to COVID-19


DENVER – Today, Governor Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and announced a number of actions the state is taking to support Colorado’s economy.

“This virus has significantly impacted our economy here at home and across the world. We know this has been challenging for our local businesses and workers, and we are working to provide relief including deferral of taxes and suspension of evictions to Colorado families and individuals. These times are difficult, but they are temporary. Coloradans should rest assured that we will get through this together and we will be well-positioned for success when this all blows over,” said Governor Jared Polis.

The Governor announced that the state will be taking action to provide relief from evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs. The Governor is directing the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to work with state-chartered financial institutions to address the threat of residential and commercial foreclosures and displacement. The Governor is requesting that municipal and county governments refrain from using law enforcement to carry out evictions or foreclosures against Colorado families unless there is a threat to public safety. He is also encouraging banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions holding residential or commercial mortgages to follow the lead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and halt foreclosures and related evictions that are due to income reductions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Governor is requesting these financial institutions consider providing a 90 day deferment of payment for all consumer loans, including residential and commercial mortgages, refinances, auto loans, and student loans, and small business loans. The state is also requesting that all public utilities suspend service disconnections for delayed or missed payments from residential and small business consumers.

The Governor is also requesting that all property owners and landlords refrain from removing tenants or mobile home owners without cause or as a result of late rent payment or minor tenancy violations through April 30, unless public safety requires it. Finally, he is asking that all property owners and landlords refrain from imposing a fee for the late payment or nonpayment of rent through the end of April.

The Governor will also be directing the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Unemployment Insurance Division to expedite claim payments during this state of emergency. CDLE has seen a ten-fold increase of claims filed from last week to this week. Coloradans can visit the Department of Labor’s website at for more information. To learn more about these actions and read the executive order, click here.

Gov. Polis will also be extending the income tax payment deadline for all Colorado taxpayers by 90 days until July 15, 2020, without penalty or interest. This will be similar to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extension, but applies to any income tax payment, regardless of the amount. Unlike the federal government, the state is not imposing any caps on the amount of tax that can be deferred. In addition, the state will grant an extension for taxpayers who are required to make estimated income tax payments for the 2020 tax year. The Governor is also directing the Department of  Revenue (DOR) to coordinate with local governments that choose to extend tax payment deadlines for property, sales and use taxes. To read the executive order, click here.

The Governor also announced the Governor’s Economic Stabilization and Growth Council. This group will be made up of community leaders from a variety of backgrounds and will serve as economic advisors to the Governor during this time.

Former Denver Mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Peña will chair the Council.

Members include:

  • Gary Arnold, Business Manager, Denver Pipefitters
  • Deborah Jordy, Executive Director, Science and Cultural Facilities District
  • Dick Monfort, Businessman, Owner/CEO, Colorado Rockies
  • Blair Richardson, CEO Bow River Capital
  • Jim Crowe, Former CEO, Level 3 Communications
  • Brad Feld, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Foundry Group, Co-Founder Techstars
  • Dave Young, State Treasurer
  • Cary Kennedy, Governor’s Policy Advisor
  • Lauren Larsen, Office of State Planning and Budget (OSPB)
  • Joe Barela, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)
  • Rick Garcia, Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
  • Betsy Markey, Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

In addition, the Governor also signed an executive order allowing retailers licensed for the sale of on-premises alcohol consumption to sell, deliver or provide takeout for sealed alcoholic beverages if the customer also purchases food. The order also suspends the requirement of a physical examination for a medical marijuana card to be issued. The prohibition of online sales for retail marijuana stores is now suspended as well. Each of these are in effect until April 18, 2020. To read the executive order, click here.

Yesterday, the Governor announced that Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now seek individual small business loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The SBA Disaster assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19. Funding was appropriated through the US congressional Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. To learn more, visit OEDIT’s website.

To watch the full news conference, visit the Governor’s Facebook page.

Gobernador Polis Anuncia La Respuesta Económica Del Estado a COVID-19

DENVER – Hoy Gobernador Polis comentó sobre la respuesta del Estado de Colorado a COVID-19 y dió una vista a los pasos que tomará para apoyar a la economía.

“Este virus ha resultado en un golpe fuerte para la economía tanto aquí en Colorado como alrededor del mundo. Sabemos que ha sido difícil para el comercio local y los trabajadores que son tan importantes para la economía estatal. La situación es un reto, pero será temporal. Los Coloradenses deben estar seguros de que superaremos esto juntos y cuando esta situación se termine estaremos bien posicionados para el futuro” dijo Gobernador Jared Polis.

El Gobernador anunció que el Estado tomará pasos para proporcionar alivio de ejecuciones, juicios hipotecarios, y terminaciones de servicios públicos. El Gobernador ha dicho que el Departamento para Agencias Regulatorias (DORA) necesita trabajar con instituciones financieras fletadas por el Estado para mitigar las dificultades presentados por juicios hipotecarios residenciales y comerciales. También está alentando bancos, uniones de crédito, y otras instituciones financieras proporcionando hipotecas residenciales o comerciales que siguen la dirección de la Agencia Federal de Financiación de Vivienda (FHFA en inglés) y paren ejecuciones y juicios hipotecarios debidos a disminuciones en ingresos como resultado del pandémico COVID-19. Adicionalmente, el Gobernador está solicitando que estas instituciones financieras proveen un aplazamiento de pagos por 90 días para préstamos consumidores, incluyendo hipotecas residenciales y comerciales, refinanciaciones, préstamos automotores, préstamos estudiantiles, y préstamos para pequeños negocios. El Estado también está solicitando que todos servicios públicos suspendan desconexiones para pagos residenciales y comerciales que son retrasados o perdidos.

Adicionalmente, el Gobernador está pidiendo que propietarios dejen de expulsar inquilinos o dueños de casas móviles sin causa o como resultado de una demora en un pago de renta o violación menor hasta el 30 de abril, a menos que la seguridad pública este en juego. Finalmente, está solicitando que dueños y propietarios no den multas por retrasos en pagos de renta hasta el final de abril.

El Gobernador también está extendiendo la fecha límite para pagar impuestos de ingresos por 90 días hasta el 15 de julio, 2020 sin multas. Este paso es parecido a la extensión del Servicio Interno de Ingresos (IRS en inglés), pero aplica a cualquier pago relacionado a impuestos de ingresos, independientemente de la cantidad. Diferente al gobierno federal, el Estado no ha puesto ningún límite en la cantidad del impuesto que puede ser diferido. Adicionalmente, el Estado daría una extensión para contribuyentes que tienen que proveer pagos estimados en el 2020. El Gobernador también está encargando el Departamento de Ingresos (DOR) con la coordinación con gobiernos municipales que electan extender fechas límites para pagos de impuestos de propiedad, y ventas y uso.

El Gobernador también está dictando que la División de Seguros para Desempleo acelera pagos de reclamación durante el estado de emergencia. El Departamento de Labor y Empleo (CDLE) ha tenido una aumentación de diez veces en reclamaciones desde la semana pasada. Coloradenses pueden visitar para más información.

Además, el Gobernador anunció la creación del Consejo de Estabilización y Crecimiento Económico. Este grupo será compuesto de de profesionales de varias industria que servirán como asesores económicos al Gobernador durante esta situación. El ex-Alcalde de Denver y ex Secretarío Federal de Transportación Federico Peña encabezará el consejo.

Miembros incluyan:

  • Gary Arnold, Gerente Comercial, Denver Pipefitters
  • Deborah Jordy, Director Ejecutivo, Distrito de Facilidades de Ciencia y Cultura
  • Dick Monfort, Dueño/CEO, Colorado Rockies
  • Blair Richardson, CEO, Bow River Capital
  • Jim Crowe, Ex-CEO, Level 3 Communications
  • Brad Feld, Empresario, Co-Fundador Grupo Foundry, Co-Fundador Techstars
  • Dave Young, Tesorero Estatal
  • Cary Kennedy, Asesora de Política al Gobernador
  • Lauren Larsen, Oficina Estatal de Planificación y Presupuesto (OSPB)
  • Joe Barela, Departamento Estatal de Labor y Empleo (CDLE)
  • Rick Garcia, Departamento Estatal de Asuntos Locales (DOLA)
  • Betsy Markey, Oficina Estatal de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio Global (OEDIT)

Adicionalmente, el Gobernador firmó un orden ejecutivo que permite a negocios con las licencias requeridas para vender o entregar bebidos alcohólicos cerrados si su cliente también compre comida. El orden también suspende el requisito de una examinación física para una tarjeta de identificación para marihuana medicinal para evitar la propagación del COVID-19. La prohibición de ventas en internet para tiendas de marihuana también está suspendida. Este orden tiene efecto hasta el 18 de abril, 2020. Para leer el orden ejecutivo, ve aquí.

Ayer, el Gobernador anunció que pequeños negocios impactados por COVID-19 ahora pueden solicitar préstamos hasta $2 millones como parte del programa para préstamos de emergencias de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA en inglés). Pequeños negocios en todos los 64 condados del estado puedan aplicar para préstamos de SBA. El apoyo de SBA provee préstamos federales de bajo interés para capital funcional para pequeños negocios en Colorado que han realizado daños económicos debido a COVID-19. Fondos fueron apropiados del Federal Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Para más información por favor visita el sitio de red de OEDIT.

Para ver la conferencia de prensa, visita la página de Facebook del Gobernador.

Voluntary Water Restrictions Requested:

9/2/2020 UPDATE: Our tank is full! Keep up the good work so we can avoid mandatory restrictions! Corinne

 Paonia Water update - 8/27/2020: WAY TO GO Paonia water users! Your work to reduce use is having exactly the affect on our system and storage we hoped for. Our storage tank continues to replenish and currently is just under 23 feet. Please stay diligent, water supply to the springs will continue to drop usually through September, where they hold steady until March, when they begin to increase. All of us working together prevents the need for harsher restrictions. On behalf of the Town Administration and staff we can't say well done and thank YOU for making this happen enough.
The Town of Paonia strongly encourages all residents to follow voluntary watering restrictions in the interest of water conservation during the current drought situation. Please reduce water use to domestic use only and refrain from extra uses such as filling pools, landscaping and/or irrigation use.
Why Watering Restrictions?
Water conservation is always an important goal. In the event of drought conditions, the Town will occasionally need to place and enforce mandatory watering restrictions in order to conserve water for the most necessary purposes to support the health, safety and welfare of our community and to ensure that our water supply is not depleted. For this reason, The Town is strongly encouraging all domestic water users voluntarily reduce water use to domestic use only and refrain from landscaping and/or irrigation use.
The Town will continue to monitor water usage and may enact mandatory restrictions at a later date.
Thank you, Corinne

8/17/2020 @ 2:05PM

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