DOWNTOWN CARES ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY
As stores and restaurants reopen, we ask you to please follow social distancing guidelines:
- Stay home if you or a family member is sick.
- Wear a mask when out in public.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance.
- Respect the rules posted at individual businesses.
Many Downtown retailers have re-opened, limiting the number of people in the store and doing extra thorough cleaning throughout the day. Some are offering shop-by-appointment and many have online shops for delivery or curb-side pickup. Reminder: Some shops that don’t offer online shopping are happy to take an order over the phone.
takeout or dine-in
As restaurants reopen for dining, most are requiring reservations due to limited seating options. Please call ahead! When you arrive, do not congregate around the entryway; once inside, follow instructions from your wait staff. These precautions comply with health regulations and are in place for everyone’s safety.
Almost all of our Downtown restaurants are offering pickup and/ or delivery and many offer grab-and-go family meal kits. Delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats servicing Downtown restaurants are also great options. (Note: these service providers charge local business owners a percent of the total sale, so utilizing the restaurant’s own delivery or doing carry-out helps the business owners even more. )
Buy Gift Cards
As a promise to return to support them, purchase gift cards to your favorite local shops and restaurants. This puts money in the pocket of your favorite store owner today to help them cover operating expenses and to help assure a strong tomorrow.
tip a little extra
Have a steady paycheck? Leave a little extra cash for service workers – they especially are going to need the help. Consider a full tip on takeout orders, and leaving a little extra for the kitchen staff, too.
Spending more time online? Engage with your favorite Downtown businesses — leave a positive Google, Yelp, or Facebook review. Like, follow, comment and engage with them on social media. It’s free to you but it helps to remind businesses that they aren’t forgotten and this kind of social currency pays dividends of a different kind. Now is a fantastic time to deepen relationships with friends and neighbors that operate your favorite local businesses.
arts & culture
Did you have tickets to a show that was cancelled? Many cultural institutions are nonprofits, so instead of asking for a refund, consider making your ticket cost a donation to the organization.
Also, many performances may be rescheduled in the future, so be sure to check emails and social media posts from that organization for updates.
information for downtown businesses
UPDATED August 24
Click any of the following to be taken to specific websites.
- EL PASO COUNTY REGIONAL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND (deadline September 7)
- ENERGIZE COLORADO GAP FUND
- PPE, small biz funding, mental health services and more, from State Office of Economic Development and International Trade
- Survive & Thrive COS emergency relief fund
- Artist Recovery Fund for El Paso and Teller Counties
- Pikes Peak Community Foundation and United Way Emergency Fund
- Downtown DDA Small Business Relief Grants from the Downtown DDA
- ENTERPRISE ZONE SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS of El Paso County
Executive orders, information, FAQs, how to apply for business exemption, and more
- CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE of the City of Colorado Springs
- COMMUNITY RESOURCES El Paso County Public Health
Organizations and Associations
SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 DISASTER HOTLINE (303) 860-5881
- SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RESOURCES AND RESPONSE from the SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
- COLORADO RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
- Download the State mandated “MASKS REQUIRED” sign
Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs is committed to working on behalf of our stakeholders to provide up-to-date information from reliable sources as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
We are working with local, state, and federal agencies to provide resources to help our small business owners ride out the storm of COVID-19. As new information becomes available, we will post this to this page and via our social media platforms.