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The Colorado Association of Home Builders, in conjunction with several industry partners, will be co-hosting a webinar next week. Please register now for this important webinar.

Date:
May 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM MDT
Register Here: https://business.hbadenver.com/events/details/covid-19-construction-guidelines-what-you-need-to-know-21972

Stating he does not want Coloradans’ rights to put initiatives on the November ballot to be limited by the coronavirus, Governor Polis on Friday issued an Executive Order instructing the Secretary of State to develop temporary rules for gathering petition signatures by mail or email. The governor suspended the order yesterday until June 24 to allow the Secretary of State to develop the rules first.

Currently, signatures must be gathered in face-to-face interactions and the petition pages must be notarized, testifying that they were collected in person and that certain rules were followed when a signature was gathered. Much of Colorado’s signature-gathering laws are in the state Constitution—and should not be circumvented by an executive order.

CAHB has partnered with business and nonprofit stakeholders to strengthen Colorado’s petition-gathering laws to limit special-interest ballot measures. Last week, we co-signed a letter with 35 other organizations to Gov. Polis, asking him not to take this step. In that letter, we noted that “electronic signature gathering would also be more susceptible to voter fraud, jeopardizing our state’s hard earned and well-managed election process.” That letter is available by clicking here.

On Monday, Colorado Concern and former University of Denver chancellor Daniel Ritchie filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court, stating the governor lacks the power to alter Colorado’s statewide signature-gathering process, even in a time of emergency, and that the governor cannot change the state Constitution. The complaint can be viewed by clicking here.

CAHB will be an active participant in the coalition efforts to stop any weakening of the ballot initiative and petition process. Even though Initiative 122, limited growth, has been withdrawn for 2020, there are still several harmful ballot measures pending, including a rewrite of state income taxes and paid family leave. And any changes to signature gathering now could create a precedent for changes  in future years, opening our industry for more attacks in 2022 and beyond.

We hope that Gov. Polis acknowledges our concerns and eventually works with us on this issue. Instead of drawing political battle lines and mustering resources to fight anti-business ballot measures, we should be focusing our energies, and limited financial resources, on economic recovery and addressing our common threat of COVID-19.

Initiative 122 Withdrawn:

As noted above, Initiative 122 was withdrawn last week, meaning that the limited-growth measure will not appear on the 2020 ballot. The withdrawal may have been prompted by a campaign-finance complaint filed last week by the Coloradans for Responsible Reform issue committee formed to defeat Initiative 122. The proponent’s issue committee, Sensible Growth, is more than 14 days delinquent on its first campaign-finance report and failed to file its second report due yesterday. CFRR will continue to work to ensure that Daniel Hayes is held accountable for not disclosing contributions and expenditures, including paid signature gathering.

State Budget Update:

The General Assembly will reconvene after Memorial Day to address the state budget. The Joint Budget Committee, the bipartisan group that writes the state budget, last week received an updated economic report. According to economists, state revenues have dropped further than previously reported and the state now faces a $3.3 billion shortfall. The current year shortfall is $895.8 million, and the shortfall for the 2020-21 fiscal year is $2.42 billion. The budget contraction for this downturn is expected to be twice the Great Recession (a -5.6% reduction versus a -2.5% reduction in 2009). The largest and hardest cuts to the budget will likely hit K-12 education, higher education and transportation.

In addition, the state will be grappling with the cost of unemployment. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund (UITF) has received 10 times the filings than the previous recession and will likely need to borrow money from the federal government to remain solvent. Employers will then have to pay increased UI fees of $42.80 to $865.40 per worker next year to replenish the fund.

Face Coverings Extended:

Governor Polis on Sunday extended a previous Executive Order requiring critical and essential workers to wear non-medical face coverings. This extension is in effect until June 16.

Face coverings are part of the Multi-Industry Construction Guidance document released on April 1 that lays out the state’s safety requirements for construction jobsites. That document is available by clicking here. The guidance on face coverings includes: 

  • Use of personal protective equipment for hygiene and safety: employees should wear all standard worksite personal protective equipment (PPE), especially eye protection and gloves, as well as other standard safety equipment (e.g. reflective vests or jackets). In addition, workers should wear a mask or cloth face covering at other times if consistent with OSHA and other applicable safety requirements. PPE may not be shared between members of a work team.

If you have any questions about temperature checks, symptom monitoring or face coverings, please contact Ted Leighty at ted@hbacolorado.com. Thank you for your adherence to these regulations and guidelines.

Reminder: Continue Wearing Face Coverings on Jobsites

As the state transitioned last week to its "Safer At Home" regulations, there were critical inconsistencies between the guidance for construction firms as an essential industry and the new regulations. The most concerning was new guidance that appeared to require all employers take the temperature of all employees at each site. The Colorado Association of Home Builders worked with our construction-industry partners to communicate concerns with this guidance and was successful in getting changes made to allow more flexibility. In addition, CAHB has continued to work with several of our local HBAs and construction partners to track the different regulations and requirements issued through orders from the state and local governments.

Due to these efforts, the state updated its "Safer at Home" order yesterday to address face coverings, temperature checks and symptom checking policies for businesses.

The revised Public Health Order has a guidance document available by clicking here. The updated rules from the state includes specific guidance for construction on temperatures:

Construction firms should implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible. Best practice is to implement a temperature check station at the entrance to the construction site. If this is not practicable, employees will check for symptoms at home and report symptoms either electronically or on paper per the system created by the construction firm. Resources are available on the CDPHE COVID-19 resources web page. Per the public health order, employers must retain the screening logs for at least 3 months and provide them to public health upon request.

A sample Employee Health Screening log is available from the state by clicking here.
 
The updated Public Health order has changed for critical businesses other than construction. This includes all offices.

For Critical Businesses, Critical Gov't Functions, Non-Critical Office-Based Businesses, Personal Services, Limited Healthcare Settings & Non-Critical Retail shall follow protocols:

  • Employers and sole proprietors shall take all of the following measures within the workplace to minimize disease transmission:
    • deputize a workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues;
    • maintain 6 foot separation between employees and discourage shared spaces;
    • clean and disinfect all high touch areas;
    • post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene;
    • ensure proper ventilation;
    • avoid gatherings (meetings, waiting rooms, etc.) of more than 10 people;
    • implement symptom monitoring protocols, conduct daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms in employees at the worksite to the greatest extent possible, or if not practicable, through employee self-assessment at home prior to coming to the worksite. A sample form can be found here. If an employee reports any symptoms, refer symptomatic employees to the CDPHE Symptom Tracker and take all of the following steps:
      • send employee home immediately;
      • increase cleaning in your facility and require social distancing of staff at least 6 feet apart from one another; exclude employee until they are fever-free, without medication, for 72 hours and 7 days have passed since their first symptom; and
      • if multiple employees have these symptoms, contact your local health department; and
      • eliminate or regularly clean and disinfect any items in common spaces, such as break rooms, that are shared between individuals, such as condiments, coffee makers, vending machines.

Face Coverings:

The state of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has advised our industry to continue to follow the Multi-Industry Construction Guidance document released on April 1.  That document is available by clicking here.

Please continue to follow this document on jobsites-and please pay attention to the guidance on face coverings, highlighted below. With individual jurisdictions, such as Denver, having their own face-covering rules, its important that our industry adhere to this guidance. The current guidance from the state on face coverings includes: 

  • Use of personal protective equipment for hygiene and safety: employees should wear all standard worksite personal protective equipment (PPE), especially eye protection and gloves, as well as other standard safety equipment (e.g. reflective vests or jackets). In addition, workers should wear a mask or cloth face covering at other times if consistent with OSHA and other applicable safety requirements. PPE may not be shared between members of a work team.
If you have any questions about temperature checks, symptom monitoring or face coverings, please contact Ted Leighty at ted@hbacolorado.com. Thank you for your adherence to these regulations and guidelines

Governor Polis today released the Safer at Home public health order, which takes effect today. To review the entire Safer at Home order, please click here. Key dates in this new order include:

  • April 27 - Curbside retail can begin as well as real estate showings, but no open houses
  • May 1 - Retail and some personal services can begin, with best social-distancing practices
  • May 4 - Offices can reopen at 50 percent capacity and social-distancing best practices

Specific to real estate, the order states that "Field Services, including real estate, may resume operations, in accordance with the requirements of this Order including Appendix B. Real estate includes in-person real estate showings and marketing services which must adhere to Social Distancing Requirements with cleaning and disinfection between each showing, but may not hold open houses." 

Click here for the state's Field Services and Real Estate guidance.

Under this order, Coloradans are asked to stay at home as much as possible and vulnerable individuals will continue to abide by the stay at home order. Key parts of the safer at home order include wearing masks, no public gatherings over 10, limited reopening of certain businesses and limited post-secondary instruction may resume. Normal in-person P-12 school is still suspended through the end of the school year.

Local jurisdictions will also have flexibility to go above and beyond the state guidelines or apply for a variance to loosen restrictions.  A county may apply for a variance to CDPHE if it meets certain criteria, including support from its local public health agency; demonstration that local hospitals can verify they have the capacity to serve all the people needing care; and county commissioners adopting the alternative plan in place of the statewide order. 

If local governments choose to ignore the options available to them they are breaking the law and jeopardizing their emergency preparedness grant. Businesses who willfully disregard the regulations in the public health order will be issued a Cease and Desist Order.  

 

Denver and Surrounding Counties:

Despite this order, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock last Thursday extended Denver's Stay at Home order until May 8. Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties also extended their orders to May 8 to be in line with Denver. Douglas County, which participates in Tri-County Health with Adams and Arapahoe, did not extend its order and is now under the state's Safer at Home rules.

If you live, work or operate a business in Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties, you must follow the local health order. In addition, municipalities are beginning to pass their own health ordinances, with Wheat Ridge, for example, requiring facemasks for all employees and customers at retail locations.

 

Jobsite Safety Change:

The new Safer at Home order instructs employers to implement symptom-monitoring protocols at jobsites and offices. The state provided a sample form to check employees before and after the work day. According to the Safer at Home order, if an employee reports any symptoms to refer them to the CDPHE's Symptom Tracker and then take all of the following steps at your office or jobsite:

  • Send the employee home immediately;
  • Increase cleaning in your facility and require social distancing of staff at least 6 feet apart from one another;
  • Exclude the employee until they are fever-free, without medication, for 72 hours and 7 days have passed since their first symptom

If multiple employees have these symptoms, please contact your local health department. And then eliminate or regularly clean and disinfect any items in common spaces, such as break rooms, that are shared between individuals, such as condiments, coffee makers and vending machines.

The Safer at Home order still asks employees to where masks, and requires them if there is to be close contact between employees and customers. The state prepared a video to show how to set up your workplace or jobsite for temperature and health screenings.

We are working with our industry partners at AGC of Colorado, Colorado Contractors Association and the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors to receive more specific guidance on this issue before it goes into effect on May 4.  We will update you as soon as we have more direction.

 

NAHB to Host Webinar with HUD Secretary Carson on Tuesday Morning

 
The National Association of Home Builders will host a webinar with Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The webinar is set for tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. MT. Registration is required. Click here to register (member log-in required) for this exceptional webinar.
 
Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery will join Secretary Carson to address HUD and FHA initiatives in response to the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.
 
From the NAHB:
 
Single-family and multifamily builders, remodelers and related companies are looking to HUD to ensure that critical housing and mortgage insurance programs are operating effectively during this challenging time. This webinar will give NAHB members an opportunity to hear about HUD's actions and plans from the nation's top housing policy officials.
 
Secretary Carson will talk about HUD's efforts to address the needs of housing market stakeholders - builders, developers, remodelers, homeowners, renters, and home buyers. Commissioner Montgomery will provide details and answer questions about HUD and FHA operations and policies developed or expanded in response to the current economic environment.
 
The two housing policy officials will address single-family and multifamily mortgage forbearance, rental assistance, and policies designed to support the housing market. They will discuss initiatives at FHA and Ginnie Mae, as well as grant programs, public housing and HUD's broad range of efforts to strengthen the housing industry.

Governor Polis on Monday announced his approach to reopening Colorado in May and moving into the next phase of living with COVID-19. He also announced that the statewide stay-at-home order will expire on Sunday, April 26. The governor’s announcement comes as several counties are also looking to relax their public-health orders, including Eagle County. That mountain county, which was hit early by coronavirus, submitted a request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last Friday to wave some of the statewide requirements in order for the county to begin reopening certain non-essential businesses and activities.

In laying the groundwork for his decision, the governor discussed new modeling that shows the state will not need to extend the statewide order. CDPHE has worked with the University of Colorado to create a model to guide these decisions. The model indicates that the actual number of Coloradans infected with COVID-19 is between 65,000 and 70,000 and also notes that social distancing alone is not enough to keep the amount of infections below the ICU bed capacity in Colorado. According to the state, an approach that includes a sustainable level of social distancing, guidance to older and at-risk citizens to do more than regular social distancing, promoting mask wearing, and pursuing aggressive case detection and containment will get Colorado to the goal of opening back up while also staying within the capacity of the healthcare system. 

When the statewide stay-at-home order lifts next Monday, Colorado will enter a “Safer at Home” phase, which will not be an order, but will be an “encouragement" to follow specific guidelines. The governor said that this phase will incrementally allow businesses and offices to reopen with smaller staffing levels, staggering shifts and strict precautions. Elective surgeries will be allowed again as well as personal services businesses—such as barbers and beauty salons—will be allowed to reopen. More importantly, individual real estate showings will be permitted to resume but open houses will still be prohibited.  School districts and postsecondary institutions will continue to suspend normal in-person instruction until the end of the school year.

Restaurants likely will not be allowed to fully open until around May 15, once data is available to evaluate the effectiveness of the easing of other restrictions. Specific guidance on this will be forthcoming, and local governments will be allowed to modify the statewide standards in order to address localized outbreaks or hot spots.

Finally, the governor noted that Colorado could return to another stay-at-home order if there is a significant increase in cases or spread of the virus. The governor calls this phase a marathon, not a sprint.

REMINDER: Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:

The Colorado Association of Home Builders will host a Virtual Home Builder Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner today at 1 p.m. Senator Gardner will inform our members about the federal response to the health and economic challenges with COVID-19. Please remember this call is off the record. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of questions after the senator’s remarks.

Colorado Association of Home Builders’ Virtual Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:

Today—1:00 p.m. MDT
PARTICIPANT LINE: (978) 990-5260
Access code: 8919618#
Please call in five minutes before the call so we can start on time.

CALL AGENDA:

  • Welcome from Colorado Association of Home Builders
  • Remarks from Senator Cory Gardner
  • Q&A
  • Closing Comments

 

COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down



Last week, the National Association of Home Builders hosted a national COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down. The Colorado Association of Home Builders, our local associations and many member companies participated in the event. The event include a short break on jobsites to review protections against the  coronavirus, including maintaining a distance of no less than six feet from others at all times, limiting the number of workers in groups to 10, wearing face covering, properly sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.

Even though Governor Polis has begun to lift the statewide stay-at-home order, and some counties are preparing to do the same, our industry must continue to safeguard the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities. The CAHB has several resources for jobsite safety available by clicking here. The NAHB’s jobsite safety toolkit is also available in English and Spanish to continue to address COVID-19 safety.

Last week, the National Association of Home Builders announced a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down on Thursday, April 16. The Colorado Association of Home Builders has been working with our local HBAs, members, partner groups such as Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC), Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) and Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors (CAMPC) and state and local officials to ensure that construction remains an essential service—and that our jobsites remain safe and healthy and following all state and local health guidelines.

The CAHB is asking its members to host a Job Site Safety Stand Down this Thursday. Doing this will help educate our workers and show solidarity across our industry.

The NAHB has developed a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down toolkit to educate residential construction workers on how to protect themselves from the coronavirus outbreak. The stand down will focus on the steps needed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on job sites. These include maintaining a distance of no less than six feet from others at all times, limiting the number of workers in groups to 10, and properly sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces. NAHB has developed a blueprint for builders, available in English and Spanish, to conduct these COVID-19 safety stand downs.

According to the NAHB member alert: 

In areas where residential construction has been deemed essential, municipalities are starting to crack down on job sites that are not adhering to safety standards. This stand down is critical in the effort to maintain residential construction’s status as an essential business and sustain our livelihoods.  

We need every HBA and every NAHB member to take this Stand Down, and this pandemic, seriously. Our jobs and our industry could be at stake. All of us need to do our part. Click here for program details, and join me as we Stand Down for safety. Use #COVID-19SafetyStandDown to share photos and stories from your Stand Down.

NAHB is committed to worker health and safety and continuing to build homes needed by families across the country. We need you to take part in the Safety Stand Down on April 16 so we can continue to carry out our mission: Build Homes, Enrich Communities, and Change Lives. Through this Stand Down, we just might save lives. 

 

Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:

You’re invited to join the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) for an upcoming Virtual Home Builder Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner on April 21 at 1 p.m. Senator Gardner will inform our members about the federal response to the health and economic challenges with COVID-19.

Please remember this call is off the record. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of questions after the senator’s remarks.

Colorado Association of Home Builders’ Virtual Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:

Tuesday, April 21—1:00 p.m. MDT
PARTICIPANT LINE: (978) 990-5260
Access code: 8919618#
Please call in five minutes prior to the call so we can start on time.

CALL AGENDA:

  • Welcome from Colorado Association of Home Builders
  • Remarks from Senator Cory Gardner
  • Q&A
  • Closing Comments

 

Multi-Family Call to Action:

URGENT: Ask Congress for Further Relief for Renters & Housing Providers from COVID-19 

Congress recently enacted the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act, (CARES Act), the largest stimulus package in our country's history. NAHB has, and will continue to, work with Congress to voice our concerns and difficulties that be will placed on multifamily development and management.

While the CARES Act includes a number of helpful provisions for individuals and businesses, housing providers, employees and their residents will need additional economic relief to avoid a collapse of the housing sector. Specifically:

  • Providing direct rental payment assistance to multifamily properties on behalf of renters impacted by COVID-19
  • Expanding federal mortgage forbearance for multifamily properties
  • Limiting the eviction moratorium provisions to COVID-19
  • Expanding the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program so all housing firms are eligible for relief

NAHB has joined other real estate partners in sending a letter to Congressional leaders as part of a broad coalition of housing stakeholders. We now need you to take action.

We have joined forces with other real estate stakeholders to launch a coalition Call to Action campaign that aims to educate Congress about the need for additional relief for both renters and housing operators in future COVID-19 stimulus and recovery packages.

Click here to access a letter that outlines the rental housing industry's requests of Congress. We also request you please consider sharing this message and encourage others at your company to also take action. Messages like these really do make a difference.

 

GAC Update:

The Government Affairs Committee met last Friday to receive updates on the paused General Assembly session. Legislative leadership has tentatively set May 18 to resume the 2020 session—noting that a lot could change between now and then, according to House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver. The current plan is to reconvene to finalize all budget issues and then adjourn until a possible summer session.

The Joint Budget Committee will meet in early May to finalize the state’s $32 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. A March economic forecast estimated that the budget would need to be cut by at least $1.5 billion related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are expectations that the state’s revenue loss may get worse as a new forecast is planned for May. Governor Polis recently asked all state departments to start identifying at least 10 percent budget reductions.

The JBC aims to finalize the Long Bill (state budget), School Finance Act and any other budget-related bills by the end of May to allow state departments, local governments, school districts and others the time necessary to finalize their budgets by the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30. The timeline for the JBC to finalize the budget is:

  • Federal aid is expected by April 24 and federal guidance from the U.S. Treasury is expected prior to the receipt of federal aid.
  • Revised figure setting documents are to become publicly available around April 27.
  • JBC begin meeting on May 4.  
  • Legislative Council and OSPB will provide an updated revenue forecast on May 12.
  • JBC will make final budget balancing decisions prior to the Long Bill introduction.  
  • Introduce Long Bill and other budget-related bills in the House the week of May 18.
  • Introduce Long Bill and other budget-related bills in the Senate the week of May 25.

 

Executive Orders and Actions:

On Friday, Governor Polis provided an update from the Colorado Convention Center, which is being converted to a Tier 3 treatment center to be used to step down patients from critical care that will not be ready to go home. Polis said he does not expect that the Convention Center to be totally full, nor empty, during the COVID pandemic. The site will be able to accommodate 2,000 patients. The state is also establishing a similar alternate care site in Loveland at the Ranch fairgrounds complex.

The governor also pointed out that the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing (DOH) awarded more than $1.9 million of emergency assistance to 19 agencies to serve low-income Coloradans in need of emergency rental and mortgage assistance due to economic hardship due to COVID-19. Two agencies will provide assistance to eligible Coloradans in all 64 counties:  Salvation Army and Colorado Housing Connects.  DOH has also developed an Eviction Resources Map that can be used with 211 to help renters avoid eviction.

On Thursday, the governor signed an Executive Order extending the disaster emergency declaration for an additional 30 days.  The new order expires May 8. The new order amends the previous order:

  • Transfers $23 million from the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund to the Disaster Emergency Fund and encumbers $68 million from the Disaster Emergency Fund for COVID response.
  • Orders the Department of Personnel and Administration in cooperation with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into leases and contracts to provide and prepare facilities that are suitable for patient overflow.
  • Temporarily suspends the following provisions of the state procurement code:
    • The requirement that foreign entities file a statement of foreign entity authority and filing penalties associated with that.
    • Contract submissions and corresponding analysis submitted to the OSPB.
    • DPA’s performance of certain centralized functions and approval processes for the executive branch.
    • Certain threshold requirements for contracts for personal services.
    • Disclosure, notice, and penalty requirements for contractors and subcontractors performing work outside of the U.S. or Colorado.
    • Timeframe in which personal services contracts are to be added to the centralized contract management system.
    • Types of contracts that may be used to best meet the interests of the state.
    • Responsibilities and procedures for the acquisition of information technology.
  • Authorizes the Colorado Crisis Standards of Care Plan and clarifies that nothing in the supplants State or federal anti-discrimination laws, and demographic information such as race, age, disability status, citizenship, immigration status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity cannot be considered in triage or resource allocations decisions except as medically relevant to COVID.

The governor also signed Executive Order D 2020 033 which is a one-time extension of state severance taxes from April 15 to May 15, 2020.  

Finally, the Division of Real Estate within the Department of Regulatory Agencies has issued guidance on real estate transactions. Closings, inspections, and final walkthroughs are considered essential to closing a transaction. Open houses and showings are not permitted under the stay at home order.  

Governor Polis gave a rare televised address to the state of Colorado on Monday night. The governor stressed that the sacrifice of staying at home is not easy, but when it comes to the choice of temporarily shutting down the economy or catastrophic loss of life, then the choice is easy, he said.

The governor extended the statewide “stay at home” order, slated to expire on April 11, to Sunday, April 26. The governor referenced data that lead him to this decision: Before the stay-at-home order, Colorado’s infection rate was doubling every 1 to 2 days. Current data has the doubling rate at every 6 to 7 days. Governor Polis said these numbers demonstrated that statewide social distancing efforts were working. Finally, the Governor noted that the statewide order could be released earlier, if data continues to show that hospitals can handle COVID patients.

By extending the statewide order, it appears that construction and other essential services will be able to continue through April 26.

Also, on Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock extended the city’s “stay-at-home” order to April 30. By extending the Denver order, Mayor Hancock is also allowing construction and other essential services to continue through April 30.

On Tuesday, the Governor executed several items to correspond to the stay-at-home order extension to April 26, including:

  • Extended Executive Order D 2020 012 (extended order is D 2020 031) to limit evictions, foreclosures, and public utility disconnections and expediting unemployment insurance claim processing to April 30.  
  • Rescinded Executive Order D 2020 013 (rescind order is D 2020 025  requiring a 50% reduction in in-person workforce because it is now superseded by the extended stay at home order
  • Extended Executive Order D 2020 009 (extended order is D 2020 027) canceling all non-essential surgeries and procedures through April 26.
  • Extended Executive Orders D 2020 004 and D 2020 006 (extended order is D 2020 026) closing all downhill ski operations through April 30. 
  • Extended Executive Order D 2020 019 (extended order is D 2020 030  temporarily suspending the in-person notary requirement through April 30.  
  • Extended Executive Order D 2020 014 (extended order is D 2020 028) temporarily suspending the in-person marriage license requirement through April 30.
  • Extended Executive Order D 2020 011 (extended order is D 2020 029  temporarily suspending a variety of regulations including clarifications to alcohol delivery and takeout, requirements related to taxicab carriers, in-person processes for background checks, and driver’s license and identification card renewals until April 30.  

To review all of Governor Polis’s executive orders and other actions, please click here.

Worksite Safety:

With the current extensions, it’s important that our industry proactively works to ensure that all workers are following social distancing practices as much as possible. Working through these extended orders is a privilege. We need to demonstrate that we have responsible jobsites so the privilege isn’t revoked.

The CAHB has several resources to ensure that your jobsites have the proper signage and information to keep workers safe and healthy. The CAHB has an English and Spanish-language handout that can be distributed at worksites and posted in key locations. The handout is available by clicking here. Please take a moment to review the content and to ask all jobsite managers to distribute this handout.

In addition, the NAHB has developed a toolkit (available by clicking here) with COVID-19 prevention, preparedness and response plans.

Our goal is to follow the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines on jobsite safety—available by clicking here.

Initiative 122:

Daniel Hayes, the proponent of Initiative 122, was quoted Monday in a Colorado Sun, indicating that his petition drive for 122 is over due to the statewide “stay-at-home” order. From the Sun article:

Daniel Hayes, a Golden resident behind a ballot measure to limit housing growth in 11 Front Range counties, said his effort is doomed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hayes has until June 5 to turn in the necessary signatures, but he’s throwing in the towel. “It failed — there’s no way,” he said in an interview. “If it hadn’t been for the virus, we would have been there.”

The full article is available at the Colorado Sun: https://coloradosun.com/2020/04/06/ballot-initiatives-colorado-coronavirus/

In 2018, Hayes’ informed the media that he would not collect any signatures, but he never formally pulled the measure with the Secretary of State. The campaign against 122 will continue to monitor this closely until the June 5 signature deadline to ensure that 122 officially does not qualify for the ballot.

Worksite Safety:

The CAHB and its partners have worked closely with the state of Colorado and local officials to ensure that construction remains an essential service during the current COVID “stay-at-home” orders. In order to remain working during the current and future orders, we need to work together to ensure that all workers are following social distancing practices as much as possible.  Remember, working through this Order is a privilege.  We need to demonstrate that we have responsible jobsites so the privilege isn’t revoked.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released guidance on worksite safety—please click here to review.

The CAHB has an English and Spanish-language handout that can be distributed at worksites and posted in key locations. The handout is available by clicking here. Please take a moment to review the content and to ask all jobsite managers to distribute this handout.

For more information, please click here for a toolkit from NAHB that will help further promote and institute COVID-19 prevention, preparedness and response plans. The toolkit can help make your company’s policies safer and demonstrate to local government partners, trade partners and the community that we are going above and beyond to promote safe and clean worksites. 

CARES Act Programs:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Phase 3 economic-stimulus package passed by Congress last week includes two important programs for small business: The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

PPP will expand the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan program to include nearly $350 billion for payroll. The program is for companies with 500 or fewer employees. It is not provided through SBA directly, so the first step to qualifying for a loan through PPP is to find an SBA-approved lender in your community. If your bank is not an SBA lender, you can contact the SBA at 1-877-475-2435 or visit the SBA 7(a) loan program by clicking here.

The NAHB has put together FAQs on how to apply for a small business loan under the Payroll Protection Program. The FAQs are available by clicking here.

For HBAs and local associations, the NAHB has put together a Stimulus Resources for State and Local Associations guide document. Please click here to review.

According to the Treasury Department, the SBA should have this program up and running by tomorrow, April 3, so that businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank or credit union to apply for a loan—and be approved on the same day.

If you have questions about the SBA program, please complete an NAHB web form at https://www.nahb.org/other/forms/open/feedback-on-small-business-administration-loan-programs.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans program will allow small business owners to apply for low-interest loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19. Applicants may request an advance in the amount of $10,000 to be delivered within three days of the request. This advance must be used to:

  • Provide sick leave to employees unable to work due to the effects of COVID-19;
  • Maintain payroll to retain employees;
  • Cover increased costs of materials due to interrupted supply chains;
  • Make rent or mortgage payments; or
  • Repay other obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses.

An applicant will not be required to repay this advance if it is used for these purposes, even if they are subsequently denied a loan under the EIDL program. Qualified businesses can apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For application assistance, please contact the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

NAHB CARES Act Seminar:

Join NAHB for a series of member-only webinars on today and Friday to learn what the CARES Act means for home builders.

Visit the registration page to learn more and register today. There is limited capacity for these sessions, so be sure to register early. If the session you want to attend is full, the recordings will be available after the conclusion of the series.

Colorado General Assembly:

The Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon issued its opinion on the adjournment of the current legislative session. The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in favor of Democrat legislative leaders who argued that the state’s Constitution doesn't explicitly count legislative days as consecutive and instead can be separate working days—especially during a public-health emergency. The majority also concluded that the constitution also does not set an end date for the 120-day session, but that it does specifically sets a session start date.

This likely means the General Assembly will continue to adjourn until the stay-at-home orders are lifted, possibly with exception of finalizing the state’s budget and other fiscal matters. Those must be completed before the first day of the state’s fiscal year on July 1. This likely means the General Assembly will reconvene in the summer, with 52 days left in the 2020 regular session.

Updates on Executive Orders from Governor Polis:

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that he is extending school closures through April 30, consistent with federal guidance on in-person gatherings. Gov. Polis is expected to issue an Executive Order on the extension. In addition, Denver Mayo Michael Hancock has said he is preparing an extension of Denver’s “stay-at-home” order through April 30 and will then have a phased approach to slowly reopen Denver—if the order is not extended into May.

The Governor recently signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending the personal appearance requirement before notarial officers can perform notarizations.  The EO authorizes the Secretary of State to promulgate and issue temporary emergency rules in order to facilitate remote notarization.

Colorado receives Major Disaster Status:

On March 28, the federal government approved a Major Disaster Declaration request for Colorado, unlocking access to more federal resources for the state. This designation, combined with the legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President, is welcome relief on both the emergency management front and the economic front. The Governor has held daily calls with Colorado’s federal delegation.  The federal delegation also supported the request with a joint letter.  

REMINDER – PPE Donations:

The CAHB and local HBAs are still working to collect excess personal-protection equipment (PPEs) for our hospitals and frontline medical providers working hard to defeat COVID-19. This equipment, specifically protective masks and eye protection, are commonly used in construction.

The Metro Denver and Northern Colorado HBAs are accepting donations at the following locations:

  • Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, 9033 E Easter Place, Centennial 80112
  • HBA of Northern Colorado at 1907 N Boise Avenue, Loveland 80538

**At both of these sites there will be containers in the parking lots that you can simply drop your supplies into. **

For other donation locations in Colorado Springs and statewide, please click here.

After donating supplies, please let us know by tweeting us at @COHomeBuilders and use the hashtags: #doingmypartco and #HBAs4PPEs

 

Governor Jared Polis on Wednesday issued a statewide "stay-at-home" order, starting this morning and going through April 11. The governor noted in the order that it could be shortened or extended based on the number and trajectory of COVID-19 cases. The governor also noted that data shows the measures taken so far have made a difference; however, the state needs to do more and go farther to slow the virus spread.

The Order is similar to recent local orders in the metro counties and aligns with the current voluntary order already given on social distancing. The Public Health Order mandates that all individuals stay home, except for critical businesses including construction and home building, infrastructure, and manufacturing.

Earlier today, the Governor's Office updated and clarified the Executive Order. The updated order can be reviewed here. The order specific to construction and real estate made the following clarifications:

  • Construction, including but not limited to:
  • Housing and housing for low-income and vulnerable people
  • Skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
  • Other related firms and professionals for who provide services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of residences and other Critical Businesses or Critical Government Functions, and other essential services
  • Critical services allowed to operate also include:
  • Professional services, such as legal, title companies, or accounting services, real estate appraisals and transactions   

For updates on all state of Colorado Executive Orders and other local orders, please click here to visit the CAHB's website.

 

Workplace and Worker Safety:

The new Executive Order, as well as many local orders, include warnings and fines as part of enforcement.

Click here for a toolkit from NAHB that will help further promote and institute Covid-19 prevention, preparedness and response plans. The toolkit can help make your company's policies safer and demonstrate to local government partners, trade partners and the community that we are going above and beyond to promote safe and clean worksites.

It is incumbent upon our industry to demonstrate that we are going above and beyond to keep our workers and other Coloradans safe. Our industry has received the privilege of continuing to work because we provide essential work. With privilege comes responsibility, and if we are not responsible that privilege could be taken away. 

 

Donations of PPEs:

CAHB and local HBAs are working with our members and their partners to donate any excess personal-protection equipment (PPEs) for our hospitals and frontline medical providers working hard to defeat COVID-19. This equipment, specifically protective masks and eye protection, are commonly used in construction.

The Metro Denver and Northern Colorado HBAs are ready to accept donations at the following locations:

  • HBA of Metro Denver, 9033 E Easter Place, Centennial 80112
  • HBA of Northern Colorado at 1907 N Boise Avenue, Loveland 80538 

**At both of these sites there will be containers in the parking lots that you can simply drop your supplies into. **

For other donation locations in Colorado Springs and statewide, please click here.

Last week, several HBAs called on our members and their partners to donate any excess personal-protection equipment (PPEs) for our hospitals and frontline medical providers working hard to defeat COVID-19. This equipment, specifically protective masks and eye protection, are commonly used in construction.

The HBAs are setting up several donation locations. The Metro and Northern Colorado locations should be set up by tomorrow. These three locations will have containers in the parking lots in which you can drop off your PPE donations. If you would like to use the AGC of Colorado location, please contact Ted Leighty (ted@hbacolorado.com) before proceeding there. The AGC location has special instructions for dropping off supplies.

After donating supplies, please let us know by tweeting us at @COHomeBuilders and use the hashtags: #doingmypartco and #HBAs4PPEs

Metro Denver area:

  • Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, 9033 E Easter Place, Centennial 80112
  • AGC of Colorado, 1114 W. 7th Avenue, Denver 80204

Northern Colorado:

  • HBA of Northern Colorado at 1907 N Boise Avenue, Loveland 80538 

Colorado Springs area:

  • Alpine Lumber Company, 3370 Drennan Industrial Loop South, Colorado Springs 80910
  • BMC Building Materials, 870 Paonia Street, Colorado Springs 80915
  • Builders FirstSource, 2810 Capital Drive, Colorado Springs 80939
  • Foxworth Galbraith, 3131 N Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs 80907
  • Weyerhaeuser, 9574 Newport Plum Court, Colorado Springs 80920
  • David Weekley Homes, 7150 Campus Drive, Suite 114, Colorado Springs 80920
  • HBA Office, 4585 Hilton Parkway, Colorado Springs 80907

 Other statewide areas:

  • Alpine Lumber has drop off sites at all locations statewide. Donations can be made at any Alpine Lumber locations Monday through Friday during business hours.
  • For any other part of the state, please fill out this online form: here. This will help the state understand which type of supplies are being donated and where they should be routed. In some instances, they may pick up directly from the company.
  • Salvation Army has drop off locations across Colorado as well. Please see the bottom of the blog post for a link to a PDF with locations.

Large-quantity donations:

  • For large donations (26 or more cases) and any other part of the state not covered by the above location, please fill out this online form: here. This will help the state understand which type of supplies are being donated and where they should be routed. In some instances, they may pick up directly from the company.
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