Diemand, the sound engineer, is an impartial contractor which suggests he can’t get any unemployment aid.
“A number of us are paycheck to paycheck. We don’t have paid time-off or sick depart, and loads don’t have well being care,” he stated. “There’s solely a lot GoFundMe and charities and different issues can do to assist us.”
Friday was the primary time he heard that one among his occasions acquired canceled. After that, it was principally dominoes. Now all of his gigs, principally in Denver, have been canceled for about two months. He suspects he’ll be out of labor for longer.
“Within the music business, we prefer to say ‘The present should go on’ however it might probably’t in the intervening time,” he stated.
Diemand stated that is the worst time for a virus just like the novel coronavirus to hit as a result of the busiest season for music and occasions is normally the spring and fall. In lower than every week, he has utterly modified his life plans. He needed to ultimately save up sufficient cash to maneuver out-of-state or in another country and start his personal enterprise.
“Being out of labor for a very long time and having zero earnings within the time being, and I’ve little to no financial savings,” Diemand stated. “Advancing my objectives in life is considerably lessened.”
He nonetheless sees a silver lining. He has medical health insurance, he has some financial savings, and he’s dwelling together with his dad and mom in the meanwhile. Individuals have already given him recommendations on the place to seek out work: grocery shops and childcare are in demand.
CDLE introduced Tuesday that they may actively attempt to match folks with out work to industries that may require extra demand due to the pandemic. These embrace well being care, childcare, transportation and grocery shops.
“There are alternatives for individuals who must work and are wholesome and ready sufficient to work,” CDLE Government Director Joe Barela stated.
A spokesperson from Safeway stated the demand for items elevated over the previous two weeks and the corporate is discouraging folks from panic shopping for. To maintain up, Safeway may have about 1,000 job openings. Most of these can be in Colorado. Nationally, Amazon stated the corporate can be hiring 100,000 extra employees. Jet’s Pizza introduced Thursday that they are going to be hiring a whole bunch of employees throughout the county. The Denver Publish Workplace stated they want to rent 200 folks.
Casey Sales space was a waiter at a small restaurant, Morning Story. He first grew to become nervous he would lose his job when he noticed on the information that Illinois and Ohio each banned dining-in at eating places.
“On Monday, I noticed the message that they have been going to [close for] eight weeks in Denver,” Sales space stated. “After which shortly after, I acquired a message from my supervisor saying, ‘We’ll have a gathering on Tuesday to speak about all this.’”
Early Tuesday afternoon, Sales space’s boss gave Sales space and his colleagues their final checks. All of them have been informed to file for unemployment. His boss is a small enterprise proprietor and can’t afford to proceed to pay his employees. As a substitute, he despatched his workers residence with about two weeks’ price of meals.
“It was actually miserable,” Sales space stated. “And all of the eating places are closed so it’s not like I can simply go get one other job.”
Sales space tried to file for unemployment on Wednesday however the web site saved crashing due to excessive quantity utilization. His answer can be to attempt it at off hours, like 1 a.m.
Within the meantime, he desires to do Doordash, an app that gives meals supply service. The corporate announced Tuesday the creation of precedence entry to this system for restaurant employees who misplaced their jobs. Additionally, they’re going to give monetary help to certified contractors who’re sick with COVID-19 or quarantined.
Ricardo Vélez, a single father from Westminster, is a sound engineer like Dakota Diemand.
Final Friday, he took a flight to New Jersey to see his girlfriend earlier than she had surgical procedure. It was throughout that weekend that lots of his gigs have been getting canceled.
His free time now could be devoted to homeschooling his 8-year-old daughter Olivia, who’s out of faculty until a minimum of April 17.
“I’ve to be assured in my capability to show,” he stated. “I don’t have a lot of a alternative.”
One in all his main issues proper now could be simply conserving his psychological well being on observe. He goes for walks together with his daughter and his canine every single day. Nonetheless, he wonders what the world will appear to be even after the pandemic is over.
“What’s going to this do to the music business?” he requested. “What’s going to it appear to be if we are able to by no means return to massive concert events and massive venues?”
He additionally talked about that this has made him query his profession alternative after 20 years. He’s dabbled with the concept of grad college however he’s in no rush. For now, he’ll take pleasure in the additional time together with his daughter.
“I’m hopeful,” he stated. “We’ll get via this.”