We are dealing with events and conditions that none of us have seen in our lifetime. We closed the Ranch to be as responsible as possible from a health standpoint to our guests, employees, and the public. We are hopeful that other businesses do the same with or without government direction so that the effects of the coronavirus can be minimized by limiting personal contacts.
To address the impact of our business curtailment on our hourly employees, we are directing each of you to apply for unemployment insurance benefits from the State of Colorado. You can find the application directions on their website, linked to below, where are you can find instructions on how to apply. If you need help in preparing the application, please have your earnings data available from former employers if you have worked at the Ranch for less than a year, and reach out to the HR department at the Ranch so that we can help you prepare your application. Due to the fact that it will take most likely three weeks to process an application before you get a check from the state, it is very important that you get your application in as soon as possible.
We plan to reopen the Ranch for business on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend (May 22nd) and stay open after that date. This gives two months for the virus impact to be controlled, which can only be realized by all of us adhering to the direction of health officials and government officials in terms of social distancing (physical distancing) and quarantine if you become ill. We look forward to your return and please stay in touch with your department manager.
For the months of April and May, for those of you hourly employees living in employee housing, there will be no charge for rent during that period.
If you are currently on our health benefits program and your earnings do not allow you to pay your portion of the bi-weekly deduction due to reduced hours, your benefits will remain intact until you return to work and are able to reimburse the employee portion of the health insurance premium for the April and May period.
Given the communal conditions in employee housing, it is imperative for everyone to exercise extreme caution and practice frequent hand washing, staying a good distance from others, avoiding crowds, and practicing self-quarantining if you have symptoms of any illness.
We will get through this together and get back to our lives as soon as this passes. Thank you for your patience, and please stay healthy and take this seriously.
– Bob and Suzanne
For Those with Cigna Health Insurance- Cigna is waiving customer co-pays and co-insurance for COVID-19 related treatment through May 31, 2020. Please reach out to Cigna for more details: https://www.cigna.com/coronavirus/ or call 1-800-997-1654.
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund:
- Apply For Aid rerf.us/apply-for-aid
- Registration will re-open on Thursday, April 9th at 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time, and 20,000 new registrations will be accepted.
CO Unemployment Guide:
- Link to file a claim: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim
Devil’s Thumb Ranch unemployment support:
- Prospector Room: three computers available to access the internet to file claims
- Click on Google Chrome
- Then Google Colorado Unemployment or use one of the links above
- Kathleen Linton is available to provide support and help direct you to resources for unemployment questions:
Carver’s Bakery in Winter Park:
- Feeding locals for free from 8 AM-1 PM daily
- A limited menu of takeout items
- This is being sponsored by Lions Club
Resources for Coloradans facing poverty while preparing for the coronavirus:
Mountain Family Center:
- Located in Granby
- Offers food, rent/mortgage, and utility assistance
Local Tax Help:
- Sandra Moore, H&R Block Granby “If your job is jeopardized and you haven’t filed your taxes yet, call us. We have strategies in place to help you.”
Weekly shuttle to Safeway:
- Please sign up at devilsthumbranch.com/es
- Monday and Friday
- Departing from the loading dock at 12:15 PM
- Arriving at Moose and Bunkhouse a few minutes later
- Limited to 9 people per shuttle, please coordinate trips with housemates
- Shopping time 45 minutes in the grocery store from the time of arrival
Grand County COVID-19 website:
Grand County Public Health Facebook:
Grand County Public Health COVID-19 Hotline:
- (970) 725-3755 (recorded message)
Grand County Joint Information Center:
- (970) 725-3803 (live person)
Grand County Human Services:
Mental Health Support:
- (844) 493-8255 or text “talk” to 38255.
- Through a local community grant, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wellness Program has partnered with Middle Park Health to offer employees up to three free counseling sessions (currently via phone or video call). To schedule a time, please reach out to Sue Johnson, LCSW, Behavioral Health Navigator, at (970) 531-4669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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