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COVID-19 Information from the City of Golden

Administrative Order Makes Masks on Public Property Mandatory when social distancing is not possible

Face Coverings are now required on all City of Golden property when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes paths and parks. Masks are also required in all City facilities. The administrative order takes effect on Thursday, July 2. On Wednesday, July 8, City Council will meet to review a more comprehensive ordinance requiring face coverings. To see the full order, visit www.cityofgolden.net/media/FaceCoveringsAdminOrder.pdf.

Golden Takes Bold Action to Protect Community Over Holiday Weekend

In anticipation of large crowds gathering along Clear Creek in Golden for the holiday weekend, the City of Golden is closing off all access to the creek within city limits.

Read more about the administrative order in the press release below.

JCPH Provides Tips for Enjoying the Fourth of July Holiday with COVID-19 in Our Lives

Here are some simple tips if you are hosting or attending holiday activities:

  • If you gather with others, keep it small, do it outdoors and remember to stay 6 feet away from one another. For example, instead of going to a big indoor house party, get together with close friends or family for a BBQ outside.
  • Try to celebrate with people who are already in your social circle. In other words, if there is a small group of people you have been spending some time with already, hang out with them instead of introducing more people into the group.
  • Make a plan for how you’ll get there. Avoid taking public transportation if you can, and don’t travel in cars with others who don’t live with you.
  • If you’re enjoying a holiday meal with others who don’t live with you, avoid sharing serving utensils, drink dispensers and communal food (e.g., large bags of chips). If possible, bring your own food instead.
  • Clean and disinfect yard games between rounds, and keep hand sanitizer available wherever there are shared activities.

Governor Polis Extends Safer at Home and Updates Protect Our Neighbor Framework, Announces Closure of Bars

Governor Jared Polis extended the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors Executive Order, and provided an update on Colorado’s next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more details on the Protect Our Neighbors framework.

State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today announced the final roadmap for local communities to qualify for the Protect our Neighbors phase of the COVID-19 response. Local communities will be able to qualify for this status to gain more local control in their communities if they meet certain criteria, including low viral transmission and preparedness of the public health agency to successfully respond to an increase in cases.

Tips from Gov. Polis on Safely Celebrating the 4th of July Holiday

Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to remind Coloradans about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

Learn more in the press release below.

Washington Avenue will remain open next two weekends

As we continue to tweak our new downtown outdoor business environment, Washington Avenue will remain open June 20-21 and June 27-28 as a comparison to the first two weekends that had closures. We are planning on closing Washington Avenue again on the July 4th weekend.

State health department seeks public input on draft guidelines and framework

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas:

The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. The draft guidance may be updated based on stakeholder feedback and will be finalized on Thursday, June 18.

Learn more in the press release below.

Jefferson County Variance Request Approved by CDPHE

June 8, 2020 - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved Jefferson County’s request for a variance to the statewide Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order with some modifications. The county’s variance request addresses: gathering size; places of worship; gyms; indoor retail malls; outdoor recreation; indoor and outdoor museums and educational experiences; graduations; brew pubs, distilleries and other similar places; event centers; and some additional businesses not specifically provided for in the state’s order.

See the press release below for more details.

Restaurants Can Now Open With Strict Precautions

The State of Colorado announced that additional Colorado businesses, including restaurants, can begin to reopen with strict precautions to protect public health and safety beginning May 27.

Learn more about the extended Safer-at-Home Executive Order in the press release below, including a summary of requirements for both restaurants and their customers.

Council Passes Resolution in Support of Local Businesses and Coronavirus Mitigation Efforts

During a special meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 City Council passed Resolution 2731, which expresses support for any private business owner who chooses to establish policies intended to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as in the requirement to wear non-medical face coverings when entering the premises. The City’s trespassing ordinances allow for these restrictions by private business owners when notice is posted.

The City has created “Face covering required” signage for any business who wishes to use it. If you are interested in such a sign for your business, email us at Recovery@cityofgolden.net.

Jeffco Now Under Safer-at-Home Orders

As of May 9, 2020, Jefferson County is now following the state’s Safer-at-Home order. Under this order, businesses must review the industry specific guidance for their business and implement all requirements prior to opening. Please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s Safer-at-Home webpage for industry specific guidance and best practices for all businesses. You can also visit JCPH’s resource hub at www.jeffco.us/safer-at-home.

Safer-at-Home guidelines

  • People encouraged to stay at home except when absolutely necessary (older adults and vulnerable populations must stay at home except when absolutely necessary).
    • Everyone is strongly advised to wear face coverings in public
    • No gatherings over 10 people
    • Sick people may not go to work
    • Everyone should avoid unnecessary travel
  • Critical businesses open with strict precautions.
  • Nursing homes and congregate care facilities must continue to take strict precautions and protections.
  • Retail open for curbside delivery and phased in
  • Offices should be 50% open, with strict precautions.
    • Large workplaces advised to have symptom and temperature checks
    • Telecommuting maximized
  • Elective medical services open, with strict precautions to ensure adequate PPE and ability to meet critical care needs.
  • Restaurants and bars closed - takeout/delivery only, exploring phased-in, reduced capacity opening (looking to mid-May).
  • Childcare facilities open with strict precautions.
  • Education closed (Higher Ed, K-12).
  • Personal services (salons, tattoos, dog grooming, etc.) open with strict precautions.
  • Real estate showings can begin, but no open houses.

Visit the State website for the latest information as it is available, including the new Safer-at-Home orders.

City of Golden Coronavirus Community Briefings

Messaging, closures, and rules are changing rapidly as the threat from the COVID-19 virus evolves. The City of Golden is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

When necessary, the Mayor and City Manager holds a virtual community meeting to discuss what steps are being taken here in Golden and what’s to come. The meeting is streamed live on Comcast Channel 880 and on Facebook and questions were taken from the community on the Facebook live stream. If you miss the broadcast, we invite you to watch a recording of it on one of the following platforms:

An Important COVID-19 Message from the City of Golden

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from public health agencies on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice from CDC and local health agencies, as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to the general guidance on protecting oneself from COVID-19 exposure, the City has been actively working with State and local public health officials and implementing recommended measures to help minimize the risk to the Golden community and to our employees. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.

Here are some of the actions we have taken to date:

(not in any particular order of importance):

Closures

  • City Facilities including City Hall, Police and Fire Departments (911 10th St.), City Hall Annex (1000 10th St.), and Planning and Public Works Building (1445 10th St.) are now open by appointment only, Tuesday through Thursday. Please see the list of contact numbers for different city departments to make an appointment, or contact us through our general email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.
  • Please see our Status of City Services page for a detailed list of facilities and services that are open, will open soon, and what remains closed.
  • We are in contact with the Jefferson County Health Department and Colorado Department of Health and Environment to ensure we take action on closures of facilities when it is recommended. Please watch for updates that we will post on Facebook and here on Guiding Golden.

Cancellations

  • We have postponed non-essential meetings and will reschedule gatherings that are not critical to our core operations. Advisory Boards and Commissions are currently meeting virtually through June. Our City Council meetings are also meeting virtually, although dates have changed. Please visit our Agendas and Meetings page for dates of upcoming meetings.
  • All employee travel for City business has been suspended. This action has been taken to avoid unnecessary exposure of our employees to large groups.

Public Safety

  • The Police Department is strongly encouraging everyone to utilize the online reporting tool, which can be found at: cityofgolden.seamlessdocs.com/f/GPDOnlineReporting. This online reporting tool is simple to use on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. You can even upload photos or documents directly from your phone. Online reporting is NOT to be used for EMERGENCIES, crimes in progress, or where suspect information is known. In case of EMERGENCY call 911 or for NON-emergencies call JeffCom Communications Center at (303) 980-7300.
  • The Golden Police Department is now on ACCIDENT ALERT until further notice in an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19 and maintain staffing for emergencies. During this time, police will generally not be dispatched to property damage collisions where the vehicles are movable, but there are exceptions. Please only ask for Police assistance if the accident involves the following: injury and/or death; suspected drug or alcohol use; hit and run; cars are blocking the roadway or causing a safety hazard; involves public vehicle or property.
    For those incidents that do NOT apply, an online report may be made through the online accident reporting tool.
  • The Golden Fire and Police Departments have implemented new protocols for responding to suspected cases of COVID-19 or other illnesses resembling COVID-19. Personnel will wear additional personal protective equipment. Our 9-1-1 dispatch center is advising responding crews of potential calls resembling COVID-19. In those cases, only one member of a responding crew will make initial contact with an individual for assessment while other members standby at a distance. This is a practice most public safety departments are implementing to prevent over exposure to first responders.
  • Golden Fire Department has been in touch with all of our nursing home and senior care facilities and has shared Golden Fire Department protocols as well as information regarding best practices. Golden Fire has discussed the importance of facility planning with each of these entities.
  • The Golden Police Department is working closely with the Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies to ensure adequate coverage arrangements are made should the situation deteriorate.

Fire Permit Application Procedures

  • The Fire & Life Safety Division will still be receiving and processing Fire Permit Applications, but the turn-around time may be delayed. Please visit the Fire Prevention & Life Safety page for more information and complete instructions on how to electronically submit your plans.

Utility Billing

  • The Utility Billing Department will continue to post bills to your account on a monthly basis, however they will not disconnect service until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact the City of Golden at utilitybilling@cityofgolden.net or (303) 384-8026

Building and ROW Permits

  • Building Permits are available by phone or email at 303-384-8151 or building@cityofgolden.net and you can download a building permit application. Inspectors will still be conducting outdoor inspections but we will not be doing indoor inspections until further notice. Staff has placed a drop box in front of the building at 1445 10th Street for plans or permits but please make payments by phone. The City will not be issuing any new Right-of-way permits, only emergency ROW permits will be issued.

Water

  • There is no immediate risk to Golden’s public water supply from COVID-19. Nevertheless, we have been in touch with public water experts and will be prepared to implement recommendations, if any, made by public health officials and the public water industry. City of Golden staff have prepared to continue to operate our water treatment facility remotely should we encounter staffing challenges.
  • The City is suspending water service shut-offs due to lack of payment until further notice.

Municipal Court

  • Upon the reopening of the Municipal Court, If you have an upcoming court appearance, please read the Court Entry Rules that will need to followed upon entry into the Court building.

Budget

  • We recognize there will be an obvious economic impact created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Department Directors are limiting all non-essential City expenditures until further notice. The City has adequate reserve funds for these types of emergencies, but nevertheless, conservative spending is prudent until the budget impact of COVID-19 is fully understood.

Communication

  • A City staff member was assigned to work directly at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) offices to participate directly in COVID-19 conversations with state public health and administration officials during the initial outbreak, allowing the City direct and immediate access to recommendations being shared from other levels of government. The City has since maintained close contact with county officials to coordinate actions.
  • Initially, we posted COVID-19 information on the City of Golden’s homepage, but have since moved all updates and information here to this page. We have also launched a page at www.helpgoldennow.org dedicated to helping those most impacted by the economic effects of business closures required to combat the spread of the virus. These webpages are also be linked through the City’s official website at www.cityofgolden.net.
  • We have reviewed all essential City operations and are refining contingency plans should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate, and closures of more City facilities become necessary.

Cleaning Guidelines

  • We’ve implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in City facilities. Our employees will be wiping down work stations and high-touch points in public areas several times throughout each day.

What you can expect moving forward:

  • We will continue to monitor public health agency recommendations on public gatherings and other guidance specific to government agencies. If there are changes to City operations or specific actions that impact the Golden community, we will notify the community of these actions.
  • We will provide updates to the Golden community on a regular basis moving forward.

How you can Help:

  • Be diligent about your own hygiene practices and follow CDC and public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Limiting the reach of COVID-19 is a community effort!
  • Pay attention to and have an awareness of changing guidance and recommendations from CDC and public health officials. The spread of COVID-19 is a very fluid, fast-changing situation and recommendation may change often.
  • Check on the well-being of your neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure they have the resources and supplies they need to sustain a lengthy period of time at home.
  • If you are healthy and able, check-in with our local not-for-profit agencies for ways you can assist them in their respective missions. Despite COVID-19, local not-for-profit agencies deliver critical services (food, shelter, etc.) to Golden residents in need. Visit www.helpgoldennow.com for ways to donate and volunteer.

Many of our local small businesses may struggle to make ends meet during these uncertain times. To the extent you can support them without compromising safety, please do so! Go to VisitGolden.com for a list of take-out and delivery restaurants in Golden and ways to Shop Local without leaving home.

Administrative Order Makes Masks on Public Property Mandatory when social distancing is not possible

Face Coverings are now required on all City of Golden property when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes paths and parks. Masks are also required in all City facilities. The administrative order takes effect on Thursday, July 2. On Wednesday, July 8, City Council will meet to review a more comprehensive ordinance requiring face coverings. To see the full order, visit www.cityofgolden.net/media/FaceCoveringsAdminOrder.pdf.

Golden Takes Bold Action to Protect Community Over Holiday Weekend

In anticipation of large crowds gathering along Clear Creek in Golden for the holiday weekend, the City of Golden is closing off all access to the creek within city limits.

Read more about the administrative order in the press release below.

JCPH Provides Tips for Enjoying the Fourth of July Holiday with COVID-19 in Our Lives

Here are some simple tips if you are hosting or attending holiday activities:

  • If you gather with others, keep it small, do it outdoors and remember to stay 6 feet away from one another. For example, instead of going to a big indoor house party, get together with close friends or family for a BBQ outside.
  • Try to celebrate with people who are already in your social circle. In other words, if there is a small group of people you have been spending some time with already, hang out with them instead of introducing more people into the group.
  • Make a plan for how you’ll get there. Avoid taking public transportation if you can, and don’t travel in cars with others who don’t live with you.
  • If you’re enjoying a holiday meal with others who don’t live with you, avoid sharing serving utensils, drink dispensers and communal food (e.g., large bags of chips). If possible, bring your own food instead.
  • Clean and disinfect yard games between rounds, and keep hand sanitizer available wherever there are shared activities.

Governor Polis Extends Safer at Home and Updates Protect Our Neighbor Framework, Announces Closure of Bars

Governor Jared Polis extended the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors Executive Order, and provided an update on Colorado’s next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more details on the Protect Our Neighbors framework.

State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today announced the final roadmap for local communities to qualify for the Protect our Neighbors phase of the COVID-19 response. Local communities will be able to qualify for this status to gain more local control in their communities if they meet certain criteria, including low viral transmission and preparedness of the public health agency to successfully respond to an increase in cases.

Tips from Gov. Polis on Safely Celebrating the 4th of July Holiday

Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to remind Coloradans about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

Learn more in the press release below.

Washington Avenue will remain open next two weekends

As we continue to tweak our new downtown outdoor business environment, Washington Avenue will remain open June 20-21 and June 27-28 as a comparison to the first two weekends that had closures. We are planning on closing Washington Avenue again on the July 4th weekend.

State health department seeks public input on draft guidelines and framework

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas:

The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. The draft guidance may be updated based on stakeholder feedback and will be finalized on Thursday, June 18.

Learn more in the press release below.

Jefferson County Variance Request Approved by CDPHE

June 8, 2020 - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved Jefferson County’s request for a variance to the statewide Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order with some modifications. The county’s variance request addresses: gathering size; places of worship; gyms; indoor retail malls; outdoor recreation; indoor and outdoor museums and educational experiences; graduations; brew pubs, distilleries and other similar places; event centers; and some additional businesses not specifically provided for in the state’s order.

See the press release below for more details.

Restaurants Can Now Open With Strict Precautions

The State of Colorado announced that additional Colorado businesses, including restaurants, can begin to reopen with strict precautions to protect public health and safety beginning May 27.

Learn more about the extended Safer-at-Home Executive Order in the press release below, including a summary of requirements for both restaurants and their customers.

Council Passes Resolution in Support of Local Businesses and Coronavirus Mitigation Efforts

During a special meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 City Council passed Resolution 2731, which expresses support for any private business owner who chooses to establish policies intended to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as in the requirement to wear non-medical face coverings when entering the premises. The City’s trespassing ordinances allow for these restrictions by private business owners when notice is posted.

The City has created “Face covering required” signage for any business who wishes to use it. If you are interested in such a sign for your business, email us at Recovery@cityofgolden.net.

Jeffco Now Under Safer-at-Home Orders

As of May 9, 2020, Jefferson County is now following the state’s Safer-at-Home order. Under this order, businesses must review the industry specific guidance for their business and implement all requirements prior to opening. Please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s Safer-at-Home webpage for industry specific guidance and best practices for all businesses. You can also visit JCPH’s resource hub at www.jeffco.us/safer-at-home.

Safer-at-Home guidelines

  • People encouraged to stay at home except when absolutely necessary (older adults and vulnerable populations must stay at home except when absolutely necessary).
    • Everyone is strongly advised to wear face coverings in public
    • No gatherings over 10 people
    • Sick people may not go to work
    • Everyone should avoid unnecessary travel
  • Critical businesses open with strict precautions.
  • Nursing homes and congregate care facilities must continue to take strict precautions and protections.
  • Retail open for curbside delivery and phased in
  • Offices should be 50% open, with strict precautions.
    • Large workplaces advised to have symptom and temperature checks
    • Telecommuting maximized
  • Elective medical services open, with strict precautions to ensure adequate PPE and ability to meet critical care needs.
  • Restaurants and bars closed - takeout/delivery only, exploring phased-in, reduced capacity opening (looking to mid-May).
  • Childcare facilities open with strict precautions.
  • Education closed (Higher Ed, K-12).
  • Personal services (salons, tattoos, dog grooming, etc.) open with strict precautions.
  • Real estate showings can begin, but no open houses.

Visit the State website for the latest information as it is available, including the new Safer-at-Home orders.

City of Golden Coronavirus Community Briefings

Messaging, closures, and rules are changing rapidly as the threat from the COVID-19 virus evolves. The City of Golden is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

When necessary, the Mayor and City Manager holds a virtual community meeting to discuss what steps are being taken here in Golden and what’s to come. The meeting is streamed live on Comcast Channel 880 and on Facebook and questions were taken from the community on the Facebook live stream. If you miss the broadcast, we invite you to watch a recording of it on one of the following platforms:

An Important COVID-19 Message from the City of Golden

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from public health agencies on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice from CDC and local health agencies, as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to the general guidance on protecting oneself from COVID-19 exposure, the City has been actively working with State and local public health officials and implementing recommended measures to help minimize the risk to the Golden community and to our employees. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.

Here are some of the actions we have taken to date:

(not in any particular order of importance):

Closures

  • City Facilities including City Hall, Police and Fire Departments (911 10th St.), City Hall Annex (1000 10th St.), and Planning and Public Works Building (1445 10th St.) are now open by appointment only, Tuesday through Thursday. Please see the list of contact numbers for different city departments to make an appointment, or contact us through our general email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.
  • Please see our Status of City Services page for a detailed list of facilities and services that are open, will open soon, and what remains closed.
  • We are in contact with the Jefferson County Health Department and Colorado Department of Health and Environment to ensure we take action on closures of facilities when it is recommended. Please watch for updates that we will post on Facebook and here on Guiding Golden.

Cancellations

  • We have postponed non-essential meetings and will reschedule gatherings that are not critical to our core operations. Advisory Boards and Commissions are currently meeting virtually through June. Our City Council meetings are also meeting virtually, although dates have changed. Please visit our Agendas and Meetings page for dates of upcoming meetings.
  • All employee travel for City business has been suspended. This action has been taken to avoid unnecessary exposure of our employees to large groups.

Public Safety

  • The Police Department is strongly encouraging everyone to utilize the online reporting tool, which can be found at: cityofgolden.seamlessdocs.com/f/GPDOnlineReporting. This online reporting tool is simple to use on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. You can even upload photos or documents directly from your phone. Online reporting is NOT to be used for EMERGENCIES, crimes in progress, or where suspect information is known. In case of EMERGENCY call 911 or for NON-emergencies call JeffCom Communications Center at (303) 980-7300.
  • The Golden Police Department is now on ACCIDENT ALERT until further notice in an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19 and maintain staffing for emergencies. During this time, police will generally not be dispatched to property damage collisions where the vehicles are movable, but there are exceptions. Please only ask for Police assistance if the accident involves the following: injury and/or death; suspected drug or alcohol use; hit and run; cars are blocking the roadway or causing a safety hazard; involves public vehicle or property.
    For those incidents that do NOT apply, an online report may be made through the online accident reporting tool.
  • The Golden Fire and Police Departments have implemented new protocols for responding to suspected cases of COVID-19 or other illnesses resembling COVID-19. Personnel will wear additional personal protective equipment. Our 9-1-1 dispatch center is advising responding crews of potential calls resembling COVID-19. In those cases, only one member of a responding crew will make initial contact with an individual for assessment while other members standby at a distance. This is a practice most public safety departments are implementing to prevent over exposure to first responders.
  • Golden Fire Department has been in touch with all of our nursing home and senior care facilities and has shared Golden Fire Department protocols as well as information regarding best practices. Golden Fire has discussed the importance of facility planning with each of these entities.
  • The Golden Police Department is working closely with the Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies to ensure adequate coverage arrangements are made should the situation deteriorate.

Fire Permit Application Procedures

  • The Fire & Life Safety Division will still be receiving and processing Fire Permit Applications, but the turn-around time may be delayed. Please visit the Fire Prevention & Life Safety page for more information and complete instructions on how to electronically submit your plans.

Utility Billing

  • The Utility Billing Department will continue to post bills to your account on a monthly basis, however they will not disconnect service until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact the City of Golden at utilitybilling@cityofgolden.net or (303) 384-8026

Building and ROW Permits

  • Building Permits are available by phone or email at 303-384-8151 or building@cityofgolden.net and you can download a building permit application. Inspectors will still be conducting outdoor inspections but we will not be doing indoor inspections until further notice. Staff has placed a drop box in front of the building at 1445 10th Street for plans or permits but please make payments by phone. The City will not be issuing any new Right-of-way permits, only emergency ROW permits will be issued.

Water

  • There is no immediate risk to Golden’s public water supply from COVID-19. Nevertheless, we have been in touch with public water experts and will be prepared to implement recommendations, if any, made by public health officials and the public water industry. City of Golden staff have prepared to continue to operate our water treatment facility remotely should we encounter staffing challenges.
  • The City is suspending water service shut-offs due to lack of payment until further notice.

Municipal Court

  • Upon the reopening of the Municipal Court, If you have an upcoming court appearance, please read the Court Entry Rules that will need to followed upon entry into the Court building.

Budget

  • We recognize there will be an obvious economic impact created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Department Directors are limiting all non-essential City expenditures until further notice. The City has adequate reserve funds for these types of emergencies, but nevertheless, conservative spending is prudent until the budget impact of COVID-19 is fully understood.

Communication

  • A City staff member was assigned to work directly at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) offices to participate directly in COVID-19 conversations with state public health and administration officials during the initial outbreak, allowing the City direct and immediate access to recommendations being shared from other levels of government. The City has since maintained close contact with county officials to coordinate actions.
  • Initially, we posted COVID-19 information on the City of Golden’s homepage, but have since moved all updates and information here to this page. We have also launched a page at www.helpgoldennow.org dedicated to helping those most impacted by the economic effects of business closures required to combat the spread of the virus. These webpages are also be linked through the City’s official website at www.cityofgolden.net.
  • We have reviewed all essential City operations and are refining contingency plans should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate, and closures of more City facilities become necessary.

Cleaning Guidelines

  • We’ve implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in City facilities. Our employees will be wiping down work stations and high-touch points in public areas several times throughout each day.

What you can expect moving forward:

  • We will continue to monitor public health agency recommendations on public gatherings and other guidance specific to government agencies. If there are changes to City operations or specific actions that impact the Golden community, we will notify the community of these actions.
  • We will provide updates to the Golden community on a regular basis moving forward.

How you can Help:

  • Be diligent about your own hygiene practices and follow CDC and public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Limiting the reach of COVID-19 is a community effort!
  • Pay attention to and have an awareness of changing guidance and recommendations from CDC and public health officials. The spread of COVID-19 is a very fluid, fast-changing situation and recommendation may change often.
  • Check on the well-being of your neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure they have the resources and supplies they need to sustain a lengthy period of time at home.
  • If you are healthy and able, check-in with our local not-for-profit agencies for ways you can assist them in their respective missions. Despite COVID-19, local not-for-profit agencies deliver critical services (food, shelter, etc.) to Golden residents in need. Visit www.helpgoldennow.com for ways to donate and volunteer.

Many of our local small businesses may struggle to make ends meet during these uncertain times. To the extent you can support them without compromising safety, please do so! Go to VisitGolden.com for a list of take-out and delivery restaurants in Golden and ways to Shop Local without leaving home.

  • Golden Takes Bold Action to Protect Community Over Holiday Weekend

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    Golden, Colo. ­— July 1, 2020: In anticipation of large crowds gathering along Clear Creek in Golden for the holiday weekend, the City of Golden is closing off all access to the creek within city limits. Pursuant to City Council direction at a special session last night, the City Manager will issue an administrative order closing access points to Clear Creek. “Last weekend’s crowds along the creek gave us deep concern in seeing large gatherings, no social distancing, and very few people wearing masks,” said Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski. “The July 4th holiday weekend typically brings even bigger crowds to Golden. With the rise in COVID-19 cases in neighboring states where many visitors come from, we want to make sure we are not adding to the problem here in Colorado.”

    Residential streets near the creek will be blocked, allowing for local access only. Temporary fencing will block all access points to enter Clear Creek, however the trail will still be accessible. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy all the things Golden has to offer,” said Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg. “This was a difficult decision for us to make, but in these unprecedented times, we have to do what we believe is best for the health of our community.”

    City Manager Slowinski will post an administrative order today, requiring masks on all public property.

    Additionally, Council will hold another special session on Wednesday, July 8 to consider an emergency ordinance requiring face masks. A previous resolution strongly suggested that people wear masks and encouraged businesses to mandate masks within their buildings, but we’ve learned over the past few weeks that more is needed. “Masks provide freedom for people to be able to travel around,” said Councilor JJ Trout. “Masks give the ability for folks to continue to be able to go to businesses, to hopefully once again enjoy the creek, all while protecting each other.”

    Golden businesses are still open and we still welcome visitors. Parts of Washington Avenue (the main downtown street) will be blocked to vehicle traffic so that restaurants and retailers can take full advantage of outdoor seating opportunities. “Crowding along Clear Creek is the biggest problem spot we’ve seen, which is why it is the focus of these decisions,” said Slowinski. “We understand closing off access to the creek won’t solve all the problems we face with protecting ourselves and others against the spread of the virus. But it may help keep our city from becoming a hot spot.”

    The creek will stay closed until further notice. City Council directed staff to research safe ways to allow for recreation along the creek. They will discuss at the next regular City Council meeting on Thursday, July 9.

    Golden, Colo. ­— July 1, 2020: In anticipation of large crowds gathering along Clear Creek in Golden for the holiday weekend, the City of Golden is closing off all access to the creek within city limits. Pursuant to City Council direction at a special session last night, the City Manager will issue an administrative order closing access points to Clear Creek. “Last weekend’s crowds along the creek gave us deep concern in seeing large gatherings, no social distancing, and very few people wearing masks,” said Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski. “The July 4th holiday weekend typically brings even bigger crowds to Golden. With the rise in COVID-19 cases in neighboring states where many visitors come from, we want to make sure we are not adding to the problem here in Colorado.”

    Residential streets near the creek will be blocked, allowing for local access only. Temporary fencing will block all access points to enter Clear Creek, however the trail will still be accessible. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy all the things Golden has to offer,” said Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg. “This was a difficult decision for us to make, but in these unprecedented times, we have to do what we believe is best for the health of our community.”

    City Manager Slowinski will post an administrative order today, requiring masks on all public property.

    Additionally, Council will hold another special session on Wednesday, July 8 to consider an emergency ordinance requiring face masks. A previous resolution strongly suggested that people wear masks and encouraged businesses to mandate masks within their buildings, but we’ve learned over the past few weeks that more is needed. “Masks provide freedom for people to be able to travel around,” said Councilor JJ Trout. “Masks give the ability for folks to continue to be able to go to businesses, to hopefully once again enjoy the creek, all while protecting each other.”

    Golden businesses are still open and we still welcome visitors. Parts of Washington Avenue (the main downtown street) will be blocked to vehicle traffic so that restaurants and retailers can take full advantage of outdoor seating opportunities. “Crowding along Clear Creek is the biggest problem spot we’ve seen, which is why it is the focus of these decisions,” said Slowinski. “We understand closing off access to the creek won’t solve all the problems we face with protecting ourselves and others against the spread of the virus. But it may help keep our city from becoming a hot spot.”

    The creek will stay closed until further notice. City Council directed staff to research safe ways to allow for recreation along the creek. They will discuss at the next regular City Council meeting on Thursday, July 9.

  • JCPH Provides Tips for Enjoying the Fourth of July Holiday with COVID-19 in Our Lives

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    Jefferson County, Colo. – As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we know residents are eager and excited to celebrate with friends and loved ones. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) offers ideas for ways to show your red, white and blue spirit while also taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

    “As a community, we have all been working so hard to slow the spread of this virus in Jeffco, and while we have been able to greatly reduce our cases locally, we are acutely aware that many states around us are already starting to see spikes again,” said Christine Billings, Incident Commander and Emergency Preparedness and Response Supervisor at JCPH. “We encourage our residents to be vigilant about basic public health precautions while celebrating this Independence Day, so we can continue to make progress on defeating this virus.”

    Here are some simple tips if you are hosting or attending holiday activities:

    • If you gather with others, keep it small, do it outdoors and remember to stay 6 feet away from one another. For example, instead of going to a big indoor house party, get together with close friends or family for a BBQ outside.
    • Try to celebrate with people who are already in your social circle. In other words, if there is a small group of people you have been spending some time with already, hang out with them instead of introducing more people into the group.
    • Make a plan for how you’ll get there. Avoid taking public transportation if you can, and don’t travel in cars with others who don’t live with you.
    • If you’re enjoying a holiday meal with others who don’t live with you, avoid sharing serving utensils, drink dispensers and communal food (e.g., large bags of chips). If possible, bring your own food instead.
    • Clean and disinfect yard games between rounds, and keep hand sanitizer available wherever there are shared activities.

    As always, when partaking in any activities outside of your home, you can make it safer by:

    • Wearing a cloth face covering.
    • Maintaining physical distance (at least 6 feet).
    • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Changing your plans if a situation looks crowded or you feel uncomfortable about the risk.
    • Staying home if you’re sick.

    “Making a few changes to our celebrations this year can make such a big difference,” Billings said. “It’s all about taking a little extra time to think about the risks, and plan ahead for how you can reduce them, so you can keep yourself and those around you as safe and healthy as possible.”

    In addition to practicing important precautions to prevent COVID-19, we also remind residents that if you drink alcohol, do it responsibly. Please also remember that fireworks are illegal and pose a fire and safety risk.

    Jefferson County, Colo. – As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we know residents are eager and excited to celebrate with friends and loved ones. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) offers ideas for ways to show your red, white and blue spirit while also taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

    “As a community, we have all been working so hard to slow the spread of this virus in Jeffco, and while we have been able to greatly reduce our cases locally, we are acutely aware that many states around us are already starting to see spikes again,” said Christine Billings, Incident Commander and Emergency Preparedness and Response Supervisor at JCPH. “We encourage our residents to be vigilant about basic public health precautions while celebrating this Independence Day, so we can continue to make progress on defeating this virus.”

    Here are some simple tips if you are hosting or attending holiday activities:

    • If you gather with others, keep it small, do it outdoors and remember to stay 6 feet away from one another. For example, instead of going to a big indoor house party, get together with close friends or family for a BBQ outside.
    • Try to celebrate with people who are already in your social circle. In other words, if there is a small group of people you have been spending some time with already, hang out with them instead of introducing more people into the group.
    • Make a plan for how you’ll get there. Avoid taking public transportation if you can, and don’t travel in cars with others who don’t live with you.
    • If you’re enjoying a holiday meal with others who don’t live with you, avoid sharing serving utensils, drink dispensers and communal food (e.g., large bags of chips). If possible, bring your own food instead.
    • Clean and disinfect yard games between rounds, and keep hand sanitizer available wherever there are shared activities.

    As always, when partaking in any activities outside of your home, you can make it safer by:

    • Wearing a cloth face covering.
    • Maintaining physical distance (at least 6 feet).
    • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Changing your plans if a situation looks crowded or you feel uncomfortable about the risk.
    • Staying home if you’re sick.

    “Making a few changes to our celebrations this year can make such a big difference,” Billings said. “It’s all about taking a little extra time to think about the risks, and plan ahead for how you can reduce them, so you can keep yourself and those around you as safe and healthy as possible.”

    In addition to practicing important precautions to prevent COVID-19, we also remind residents that if you drink alcohol, do it responsibly. Please also remember that fireworks are illegal and pose a fire and safety risk.

  • Governor Polis Extends Safer at Home and Updates Protect Our Neighbor Framework, Announces Closure of Bars

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    DENVER - Governor Jared Polis extended the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors Executive Order, and provided an update on Colorado’s next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more details on the Protect Our Neighbors framework. The Governor was joined by Jill Hunsaker Ryan, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment; Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state’s top epidemiologist; Joni Reynolds, the Gunnison County Public Health Director; and Jason Vahling, the City and County of Broomfield Public Health Director.

    “Protect Our Neighbors will allow Colorado to respond more swiftly and effectively at the community level in the event of another surge of cases. We live in a diverse state with cities, booming suburbs, small resort towns, and rural areas with plenty of wide-open spaces. Each community is having their own unique experience with this virus. Going forward, we want to increase our ability to tackle outbreaks at a community level and only issue statewide orders when absolutely necessary,” said Gov. Polis. “We are making some much-needed investments in our local public health agencies, so they can contain and quell an outbreak before it gets out of control. The fate of Colorado in both virus suppression and economic recovery is largely in the hands of Coloradans. If we continue taking the critical steps of staying at home, wearing masks when leaving the house and following social distancing practices, then we will get through this together.”

    The Governor did not announce any additional relaxing of restrictions today, but described the new phase: Protect Our Neighbors that will give local communities more freedom to provide economic opportunity while ensuring that they have the necessary public health capacity. The introduction of the new phase means that different parts of the state could be at different phases of reopening, based on local conditions and capabilities.

    “Each day, we make progress to build the capacity of our public health system -- from ramping up statewide testing sites to onboarding new case investigators and contact tracers systemwide, to identifying creative ways to aggressively acquire PPE. I am proud of the team at CDPHE who have stood strong during this very difficult time, and I’m grateful for our local public health partners who are leading the response against COVID in their communities,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment. “It is important that Coloradans don’t let up now, and this new phase - Protect Our Neighbors - isn’t just words. It means we all accept personal responsibility for the things we can do every day to keep ourselves and others healthy.”

    Moving forward, communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems, paired with low virus levels, can take on more control over their reopening plans. In order to reopen to this greater extent, communities must have:

    • Low virus prevalence;
    • Health care capacity to handle a surge; and
    • Strong public health capacity to contain outbreaks and surges locally, including the ability to test, track, and trace.

    In order to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors, a county (or region) must do two things:

    • Certify qualification according to the scientific metrics; and
    • Submit a mitigation and containment plan on what the county or region will do if they fall out of compliance with any of the metrics. This containment plan must be accompanied by letters of support from local elected leaders including county commissioners and mayors, the hospitals that serve that community, law enforcement, county emergency management, local public health, and if applicable, tribes.

    The certification process will begin next week. Learn more about how a community can qualify.

    Communities in Protect Our Neighbors will be able to permit all activities to occur at 50 percent of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least six feet between non-household members and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time. Local communities may issue more detailed guidelines or public health orders for different settings, so long as the capacity does not exceed these caps.

    The Governor also discussed funding and support for local governments as Colorado looks to move into Protect Our Neighbors. In total, the state is investing $346 million in state and local capacity, with $75 million going directly from the state to Local Public Health Agencies. Gov. Polis also announced two new sources of available funding: a Planning Grant or Infrastructure Strengthening Grant.

    All counties or local public health agencies can apply for a Planning Grant of up to $50,000. If counties have already identified infrastructure needs, they may apply for Infrastructure Strengthening Grants, with a maximum state award of $150,000 and a maximum total grant of $300,000. These grants will require local matching funds and can be spent on investments such as technology, community resource coordination, communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders, funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers, and enhanced prevention and containment efforts.

    Governor Polis announced the closure of bars. Bars that have taken steps to open as restaurants may continue to operate in-person service, so long as they have patrons seated with their own party only in set seating, spaced six feet apart, and with no mingling. Bars are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages to-go for takeout or delivery consumption if the alcoholic beverages are sold with food. All of the guidelines previously in place around social distancing still apply. Bars may still operate if open under a county variance pursuant to the terms of that county variance. More information can be found in the Governor’s Executive Order.

    View the Governor’s presentation. Watch the full news conference on the Governor’s Facebook page.

    DENVER - Governor Jared Polis extended the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors Executive Order, and provided an update on Colorado’s next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more details on the Protect Our Neighbors framework. The Governor was joined by Jill Hunsaker Ryan, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment; Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state’s top epidemiologist; Joni Reynolds, the Gunnison County Public Health Director; and Jason Vahling, the City and County of Broomfield Public Health Director.

    “Protect Our Neighbors will allow Colorado to respond more swiftly and effectively at the community level in the event of another surge of cases. We live in a diverse state with cities, booming suburbs, small resort towns, and rural areas with plenty of wide-open spaces. Each community is having their own unique experience with this virus. Going forward, we want to increase our ability to tackle outbreaks at a community level and only issue statewide orders when absolutely necessary,” said Gov. Polis. “We are making some much-needed investments in our local public health agencies, so they can contain and quell an outbreak before it gets out of control. The fate of Colorado in both virus suppression and economic recovery is largely in the hands of Coloradans. If we continue taking the critical steps of staying at home, wearing masks when leaving the house and following social distancing practices, then we will get through this together.”

    The Governor did not announce any additional relaxing of restrictions today, but described the new phase: Protect Our Neighbors that will give local communities more freedom to provide economic opportunity while ensuring that they have the necessary public health capacity. The introduction of the new phase means that different parts of the state could be at different phases of reopening, based on local conditions and capabilities.

    “Each day, we make progress to build the capacity of our public health system -- from ramping up statewide testing sites to onboarding new case investigators and contact tracers systemwide, to identifying creative ways to aggressively acquire PPE. I am proud of the team at CDPHE who have stood strong during this very difficult time, and I’m grateful for our local public health partners who are leading the response against COVID in their communities,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment. “It is important that Coloradans don’t let up now, and this new phase - Protect Our Neighbors - isn’t just words. It means we all accept personal responsibility for the things we can do every day to keep ourselves and others healthy.”

    Moving forward, communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems, paired with low virus levels, can take on more control over their reopening plans. In order to reopen to this greater extent, communities must have:

    • Low virus prevalence;
    • Health care capacity to handle a surge; and
    • Strong public health capacity to contain outbreaks and surges locally, including the ability to test, track, and trace.

    In order to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors, a county (or region) must do two things:

    • Certify qualification according to the scientific metrics; and
    • Submit a mitigation and containment plan on what the county or region will do if they fall out of compliance with any of the metrics. This containment plan must be accompanied by letters of support from local elected leaders including county commissioners and mayors, the hospitals that serve that community, law enforcement, county emergency management, local public health, and if applicable, tribes.

    The certification process will begin next week. Learn more about how a community can qualify.

    Communities in Protect Our Neighbors will be able to permit all activities to occur at 50 percent of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least six feet between non-household members and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time. Local communities may issue more detailed guidelines or public health orders for different settings, so long as the capacity does not exceed these caps.

    The Governor also discussed funding and support for local governments as Colorado looks to move into Protect Our Neighbors. In total, the state is investing $346 million in state and local capacity, with $75 million going directly from the state to Local Public Health Agencies. Gov. Polis also announced two new sources of available funding: a Planning Grant or Infrastructure Strengthening Grant.

    All counties or local public health agencies can apply for a Planning Grant of up to $50,000. If counties have already identified infrastructure needs, they may apply for Infrastructure Strengthening Grants, with a maximum state award of $150,000 and a maximum total grant of $300,000. These grants will require local matching funds and can be spent on investments such as technology, community resource coordination, communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders, funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers, and enhanced prevention and containment efforts.

    Governor Polis announced the closure of bars. Bars that have taken steps to open as restaurants may continue to operate in-person service, so long as they have patrons seated with their own party only in set seating, spaced six feet apart, and with no mingling. Bars are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages to-go for takeout or delivery consumption if the alcoholic beverages are sold with food. All of the guidelines previously in place around social distancing still apply. Bars may still operate if open under a county variance pursuant to the terms of that county variance. More information can be found in the Governor’s Executive Order.

    View the Governor’s presentation. Watch the full news conference on the Governor’s Facebook page.

  • State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

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    Local communities will be able to qualify if they meet certain criteria

    DENVER, June 30, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today announced the final roadmap for local communities to qualify for the Protect our Neighbors phase of the COVID-19 response. Local communities will be able to qualify for this status to gain more local control in their communities if they meet certain criteria, including low viral transmission and preparedness of the public health agency to successfully respond to an increase in cases. Once communities meet certification criteria, submit a surge mitigation plan, and are approved by the state, they will be able to permit activities at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least 6 feet between non-household members, and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time.

    “This is the gold standard of pandemic preparedness, and it is a goal for our communities to aspire to. Not all of our communities will be able to achieve this goal immediately, ” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It’s going to be up to all of us to keep wearing masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance. We need to all do our part to keep transmissions low and prevent a surge on our hospital systems.”

    Next week, CDPHE will provide more information and training on the process for applying for certification, as well as grant funding that will be available to help communities enhance their COVID-19-related planning and infrastructure.

    Three things will enable a community to qualify for Protect-Our-Neighbors certification status:

    • Low disease transmission levels (including stable or declining COVID-19 hospitalizations or fewer new cases in the past two weeks),
    • Local public health agency capacity for testing, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak response (including the ability to test 15 people per 10,000 residents per day; the ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for at least 85% of assigned cases within 24 hours; a plan that documents the ability to investigate and contact trace their share, based on population, of our state’s overall 500 cases per day goal; and strategies to offer testing to close contacts of outbreak-associated cases)
    • Hospital ability to meet the needs of all patients and handle the surge in demand for intensive hospital care (including the capacity to manage a 20% surge in hospital admissions/patient transfers and two weeks of PPE available.)

    A county may seek to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors by themselves, or voluntarily form a “region” with neighboring counties. Communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems -- paired with low virus levels -- can take on more control over their own reopening plans and help the state avoid statewide shutdowns.

    “Protect Our Neighbors empowers local governments, public health agencies and partners to meet the needs of their communities and scale their response,” said Hunsaker Ryan. “If communities are successful in controlling the outbreak locally, the state will not have to rely on suppressing the virus through extreme statewide shutdowns.”

    Protect Our Neighbors requires all Coloradans to continue to support and protect people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. It’s important to remember that different communities may be in different phases -- Stay-At-Home, Safer-At-Home, or Protect Our Neighbors -- and may move between levels during this pandemic. Communities that are able to loosen restrictions under Protect Our Neighbors may need to tighten restrictions again to Safer-at-Home or Stay-at-Home levels if they see case increases, outbreaks, or a surge on their hospital systems.

    The Protect-Our-Neighbors metrics were drafted by a workgroup consisting of epidemiologists and public health experts from the CDPHE, the University of Colorado School of Public Health, and local public health agencies from across the state. The group included representatives from urban, rural and frontier counties. In addition, the workgroup consulted health care coalitions and health care systems leadership in drafting treatment metrics. They met over the course of five sessions and reviewed scientific literature, case studies, and expert consultation to develop metrics that would achieve the goal of ensuring that they signify a systems readiness for broader reopening.

    In order to help support communities’ ability to achieve success, the state is making additional federal CARES Act funding available:

    • Planning Grant of up to $50,000 to engage consultants and community partners, and to fund community engagement efforts with communities impacted by and at increased risk.
    • Infrastructure Strengthening Grants of up to $300,000 (up to $150,000 in state funds + local match) to invest in technology; community resource coordination; communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders; funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers; and enhanced prevention and containment efforts.

    For extensive information on Protect-Our-Neighbors, including guidance for communities to qualify for this phase, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/protect-our-neighbors.

    Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

    Local communities will be able to qualify if they meet certain criteria

    DENVER, June 30, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today announced the final roadmap for local communities to qualify for the Protect our Neighbors phase of the COVID-19 response. Local communities will be able to qualify for this status to gain more local control in their communities if they meet certain criteria, including low viral transmission and preparedness of the public health agency to successfully respond to an increase in cases. Once communities meet certification criteria, submit a surge mitigation plan, and are approved by the state, they will be able to permit activities at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least 6 feet between non-household members, and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time.

    “This is the gold standard of pandemic preparedness, and it is a goal for our communities to aspire to. Not all of our communities will be able to achieve this goal immediately, ” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It’s going to be up to all of us to keep wearing masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance. We need to all do our part to keep transmissions low and prevent a surge on our hospital systems.”

    Next week, CDPHE will provide more information and training on the process for applying for certification, as well as grant funding that will be available to help communities enhance their COVID-19-related planning and infrastructure.

    Three things will enable a community to qualify for Protect-Our-Neighbors certification status:

    • Low disease transmission levels (including stable or declining COVID-19 hospitalizations or fewer new cases in the past two weeks),
    • Local public health agency capacity for testing, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak response (including the ability to test 15 people per 10,000 residents per day; the ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for at least 85% of assigned cases within 24 hours; a plan that documents the ability to investigate and contact trace their share, based on population, of our state’s overall 500 cases per day goal; and strategies to offer testing to close contacts of outbreak-associated cases)
    • Hospital ability to meet the needs of all patients and handle the surge in demand for intensive hospital care (including the capacity to manage a 20% surge in hospital admissions/patient transfers and two weeks of PPE available.)

    A county may seek to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors by themselves, or voluntarily form a “region” with neighboring counties. Communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems -- paired with low virus levels -- can take on more control over their own reopening plans and help the state avoid statewide shutdowns.

    “Protect Our Neighbors empowers local governments, public health agencies and partners to meet the needs of their communities and scale their response,” said Hunsaker Ryan. “If communities are successful in controlling the outbreak locally, the state will not have to rely on suppressing the virus through extreme statewide shutdowns.”

    Protect Our Neighbors requires all Coloradans to continue to support and protect people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. It’s important to remember that different communities may be in different phases -- Stay-At-Home, Safer-At-Home, or Protect Our Neighbors -- and may move between levels during this pandemic. Communities that are able to loosen restrictions under Protect Our Neighbors may need to tighten restrictions again to Safer-at-Home or Stay-at-Home levels if they see case increases, outbreaks, or a surge on their hospital systems.

    The Protect-Our-Neighbors metrics were drafted by a workgroup consisting of epidemiologists and public health experts from the CDPHE, the University of Colorado School of Public Health, and local public health agencies from across the state. The group included representatives from urban, rural and frontier counties. In addition, the workgroup consulted health care coalitions and health care systems leadership in drafting treatment metrics. They met over the course of five sessions and reviewed scientific literature, case studies, and expert consultation to develop metrics that would achieve the goal of ensuring that they signify a systems readiness for broader reopening.

    In order to help support communities’ ability to achieve success, the state is making additional federal CARES Act funding available:

    • Planning Grant of up to $50,000 to engage consultants and community partners, and to fund community engagement efforts with communities impacted by and at increased risk.
    • Infrastructure Strengthening Grants of up to $300,000 (up to $150,000 in state funds + local match) to invest in technology; community resource coordination; communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders; funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers; and enhanced prevention and containment efforts.

    For extensive information on Protect-Our-Neighbors, including guidance for communities to qualify for this phase, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/protect-our-neighbors.

    Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

  • Road Restrictions for Weekend Creek Traffic

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    Summer is a popular time along Clear Creek. While outdoor recreation is encouraged, the COVID-19 virus is still a big concern. The City of Golden is testing various ways to limit large crowds from gathering along the creek. This weekend, you will notice that 10th Street at Washington Avenue will be closed to local traffic only. The restrictions also include the 9th Street neighborhood adjacent to 10th Street. The kayak park parking lot will be a drop-off location only, and no parking. We encourage visitors to park in the large, free, public parking lot located at 311 10th Street, just a few blocks east of Washington Avenue.

    If you plan to visit the creek or any place where people may be gathering, it is important to take some simple steps to help keep yourself and others safe. Look for signs along Clear Creek and please help protect others by following these simple steps:

    • Wear your mask
    • Sanitize hands
    • Maintain social distancing
    • If you’re sick, stay home

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis discussed the risk levels associated with different activities. He encouraged Coloradans to get out into the state’s great outdoors and participate in low-risk activities like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise and activities. Before going anywhere, ask yourself questions such as:

    • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
    • Can I put distance between myself and others?
    • Do I feel 100% healthy?
    • What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

    Visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits to assess the risk level of certain activities.

    Summer is a popular time along Clear Creek. While outdoor recreation is encouraged, the COVID-19 virus is still a big concern. The City of Golden is testing various ways to limit large crowds from gathering along the creek. This weekend, you will notice that 10th Street at Washington Avenue will be closed to local traffic only. The restrictions also include the 9th Street neighborhood adjacent to 10th Street. The kayak park parking lot will be a drop-off location only, and no parking. We encourage visitors to park in the large, free, public parking lot located at 311 10th Street, just a few blocks east of Washington Avenue.

    If you plan to visit the creek or any place where people may be gathering, it is important to take some simple steps to help keep yourself and others safe. Look for signs along Clear Creek and please help protect others by following these simple steps:

    • Wear your mask
    • Sanitize hands
    • Maintain social distancing
    • If you’re sick, stay home

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis discussed the risk levels associated with different activities. He encouraged Coloradans to get out into the state’s great outdoors and participate in low-risk activities like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise and activities. Before going anywhere, ask yourself questions such as:

    • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
    • Can I put distance between myself and others?
    • Do I feel 100% healthy?
    • What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

    Visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits to assess the risk level of certain activities.

  • An Update on the State Response to COVID-19 by Gov. Polis

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    10 days ago

    DENVER - Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to remind Coloradans about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

    “It remains critical that Coloradans continue taking steps to protect themselves and others. Our state’s success thus far has been due to the actions and personal responsibility of Coloradans, and that will continue to be true,” said Governor Jared Polis. “As long as we continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, we can avoid seeing cases climb like our neighboring states. As we continue to reopen, more of the responsibility is placed on the individual to do the right thing. I’m proud of how Coloradans have responded during this pandemic and believe we can continue to make the right choices moving forward. As we plan to celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 4th and enjoy their summer, Coloradans should make plans in a safe way, with just their own family or one other family.”

    The Governor discussed the risk levels associated with different activities. He encouraged Coloradans to get out into the state’s great outdoors and participate in low-risk activities like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise and activities.

    When deciding which activities they are comfortable participating in, Coloradans should ask themselves the following questions:

    • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
    • Is the activity outside?
    • Can I put distance between myself and others?
    • How long will the activity take?
    • Do I feel 100% healthy?
    • How will I get there? Biking, walking, and driving in a car are all safer than public transportation.
    • Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
    • What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

    Coloradans can visit www.covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits to assess the risk level of certain activities.

    As Coloradans are spending more time outdoors, the state is reminding everyone to be responsible in Colorado’s natural spaces. Gov. Polis highlighted an initiative from the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) encouraging visitors to show care, not only for destinations but also for the people who call them home. With lines like “How about a ski between you and me?” and “Keep a mask in your pocket, in case you need to rock it,” the CTO is creating a fun and memorable way to remember these important steps. Learn more.

    Gov. Polis also highlighted a best practice being used by Eagle County and encouraged other counties to do the same. Eagle County has asked every hotel and short-term rental to give a letter to guests upon booking providing critical public health information. The letter asks all travelers to follow the “5 Commitments of Containment” while visiting Eagle County, which are:

    • I will maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
    • I will wash my hands often.
    • I will cover my face in public.
    • I will stay home when I am sick.
    • I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms.

    Governor Polis today released guidance to allow outdoor visitation at residential care facilities in order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Some of the most important standards:

    • The facility cannot have outdoor visitation if the facility had any recent positive cases or outbreaks and has not completed the required isolation period of 14 days. Facilities with active cases are not allowed to offer visits.
    • All visits must be scheduled. Prior to the visits, facilities must provide information about COVID-19, and instructions for self-screening on the day of the visit, social distancing and mask-wearing, and details about the visit.
    • The visitor must be greeted outside at a designated area by facility staff, and the staff member will perform temperature check and symptom screening in accordance with current CDC guidelines.
    • All visitors must wear a face mask or cloth face covering. All staff and the resident must wear a surgical or cloth mask unless doing so would inhibit the resident’s health.

    View the full guidance.

    The Governor also signed Executive Order D 2020 113, allowing voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures to proceed under certain conditions.

    The full news conference can be viewed on the Governor’s Facebook page.

    DENVER - Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to remind Coloradans about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

    “It remains critical that Coloradans continue taking steps to protect themselves and others. Our state’s success thus far has been due to the actions and personal responsibility of Coloradans, and that will continue to be true,” said Governor Jared Polis. “As long as we continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, we can avoid seeing cases climb like our neighboring states. As we continue to reopen, more of the responsibility is placed on the individual to do the right thing. I’m proud of how Coloradans have responded during this pandemic and believe we can continue to make the right choices moving forward. As we plan to celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 4th and enjoy their summer, Coloradans should make plans in a safe way, with just their own family or one other family.”

    The Governor discussed the risk levels associated with different activities. He encouraged Coloradans to get out into the state’s great outdoors and participate in low-risk activities like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise and activities.

    When deciding which activities they are comfortable participating in, Coloradans should ask themselves the following questions:

    • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
    • Is the activity outside?
    • Can I put distance between myself and others?
    • How long will the activity take?
    • Do I feel 100% healthy?
    • How will I get there? Biking, walking, and driving in a car are all safer than public transportation.
    • Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
    • What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

    Coloradans can visit www.covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits to assess the risk level of certain activities.

    As Coloradans are spending more time outdoors, the state is reminding everyone to be responsible in Colorado’s natural spaces. Gov. Polis highlighted an initiative from the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) encouraging visitors to show care, not only for destinations but also for the people who call them home. With lines like “How about a ski between you and me?” and “Keep a mask in your pocket, in case you need to rock it,” the CTO is creating a fun and memorable way to remember these important steps. Learn more.

    Gov. Polis also highlighted a best practice being used by Eagle County and encouraged other counties to do the same. Eagle County has asked every hotel and short-term rental to give a letter to guests upon booking providing critical public health information. The letter asks all travelers to follow the “5 Commitments of Containment” while visiting Eagle County, which are:

    • I will maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
    • I will wash my hands often.
    • I will cover my face in public.
    • I will stay home when I am sick.
    • I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms.

    Governor Polis today released guidance to allow outdoor visitation at residential care facilities in order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Some of the most important standards:

    • The facility cannot have outdoor visitation if the facility had any recent positive cases or outbreaks and has not completed the required isolation period of 14 days. Facilities with active cases are not allowed to offer visits.
    • All visits must be scheduled. Prior to the visits, facilities must provide information about COVID-19, and instructions for self-screening on the day of the visit, social distancing and mask-wearing, and details about the visit.
    • The visitor must be greeted outside at a designated area by facility staff, and the staff member will perform temperature check and symptom screening in accordance with current CDC guidelines.
    • All visitors must wear a face mask or cloth face covering. All staff and the resident must wear a surgical or cloth mask unless doing so would inhibit the resident’s health.

    View the full guidance.

    The Governor also signed Executive Order D 2020 113, allowing voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures to proceed under certain conditions.

    The full news conference can be viewed on the Governor’s Facebook page.

  • Balancing Risks and Benefits of Activities During COVID-19

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    16 days ago

    Colorado remains the only state in the Pacific or Mountain time zones -- the entire western half of the country -- that is seeing a steady decline in case counts.

    That is a testament to Coloradans continuing to take the pandemic seriously and take the proper precautions: wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, practicing proper hygiene, and protecting vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions.

    As the state continues to reopen, more of the burden is placed on individuals to do the right thing. We have to use common sense and consider the level of risk when participating in certain activities.

    Before participating in an activity, Coloradans have an obligation to ask themselves:

    • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
    • Is the activity outside?
    • Can I put distance between myself and others?
    • How long will the activity take?
    • Do I feel 100% healthy?
    • How will I get there? Biking, walking, driving in a car are safer than public transportation.
    • Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
    • And what is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

    Things like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise/activities, or shopping outdoors at a farmer’s market are fairly Low Risk activities.

    Things like dining out, playing on the playground, shopping indoors, or visiting a swimming pool carry a Medium Risk.

    And then activities like airline travel, concerts, attending worship services in-person, personal services, bars, gyms, or large gatherings carry a Higher Risk.

    So please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution.

    Visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits for more information about how we can continue to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.

    Colorado remains the only state in the Pacific or Mountain time zones -- the entire western half of the country -- that is seeing a steady decline in case counts.

    That is a testament to Coloradans continuing to take the pandemic seriously and take the proper precautions: wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, practicing proper hygiene, and protecting vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions.

    As the state continues to reopen, more of the burden is placed on individuals to do the right thing. We have to use common sense and consider the level of risk when participating in certain activities.

    Before participating in an activity, Coloradans have an obligation to ask themselves:

    • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
    • Is the activity outside?
    • Can I put distance between myself and others?
    • How long will the activity take?
    • Do I feel 100% healthy?
    • How will I get there? Biking, walking, driving in a car are safer than public transportation.
    • Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
    • And what is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

    Things like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise/activities, or shopping outdoors at a farmer’s market are fairly Low Risk activities.

    Things like dining out, playing on the playground, shopping indoors, or visiting a swimming pool carry a Medium Risk.

    And then activities like airline travel, concerts, attending worship services in-person, personal services, bars, gyms, or large gatherings carry a Higher Risk.

    So please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution.

    Visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits for more information about how we can continue to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.

  • State health department seeks public input on draft guidelines and framework

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    18 days ago

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas:

    The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m.

    The CDPHE is also soliciting feedback on an upcoming public health order -- Protect Our Neighbors. The Protect Our Neighbors phase comes after Stay at Home and Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases.

    Coloradans can review the draft framework, and provide feedback by Thursday, June 18, 11:59 p.m.:

    Local communities will have the ability to enter the Protect Our Neighbors phase in late June, if they meet thresholds that will be defined in the order and guidance. Thresholds will include a local community’s ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders.

    With more activities open and available to the public, it is everyone's responsibility to do whatever they can to reduce the spread of the disease. Always stay home when you are sick. If you go out, remember the big three: wear a face covering; wash your hands frequently; and maintain physical distance with others.

    Continue to stay up-to-date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas:

    The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m.

    The CDPHE is also soliciting feedback on an upcoming public health order -- Protect Our Neighbors. The Protect Our Neighbors phase comes after Stay at Home and Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases.

    Coloradans can review the draft framework, and provide feedback by Thursday, June 18, 11:59 p.m.:

    Local communities will have the ability to enter the Protect Our Neighbors phase in late June, if they meet thresholds that will be defined in the order and guidance. Thresholds will include a local community’s ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders.

    With more activities open and available to the public, it is everyone's responsibility to do whatever they can to reduce the spread of the disease. Always stay home when you are sick. If you go out, remember the big three: wear a face covering; wash your hands frequently; and maintain physical distance with others.

    Continue to stay up-to-date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

  • Jefferson County Variance Request Approved by CDPHE

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    25 days ago

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved Jefferson County’s request for a variance to the statewide Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order with some modifications. The county’s variance request addresses: gathering size; places of worship; gyms; indoor retail malls; outdoor recreation; indoor and outdoor museums and educational experiences; graduations; brew pubs, distilleries and other similar places; event centers; and some additional businesses not specifically provided for in the state’s order.

    The county’s variance allows certain things that are not yet in the state order, such as:

    Gatherings:

    • Indoor settings can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space.
    • In outdoor settings, the variance allows for 125 people.
    • Indoor malls can begin to open, with a plan approved by Jefferson County Public Health.
    • Graduations can take place, with a plan approved by Jefferson County Public Health.
    • Gyms or places for personal recreation can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space.

    This collaborative effort is a credit to the on-going efforts of Jeffco elected officials, the public health department, county attorney, community, cities, businesses and county staff – all led by the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    “This approval will help us responsibly continue the process of re-opening Jefferson County,” said County Manager Don Davis. “We hope that everyone will follow the new guidance to ensure a safe and timely economic recovery.”

    As required by the state for variance applications, Jefferson County Public Health approved the COVID-19 suppression plan in the application. As the county’s economy slowly reopens, Jeffco must continue to protect our community, especially those most vulnerable, from COVID-19. Jefferson County asks that everyone continues to follow all public health orders – including staying six feet away from others, wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands, getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and self-isolating if test results are positive.

    Jefferson County created an annotated version of the state’s public health order to show where the Jeffco variance approvals interact with the state’s order. See the annotated version for the details. You can also view the state’s approval letter on the Jefferson County variance.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved Jefferson County’s request for a variance to the statewide Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order with some modifications. The county’s variance request addresses: gathering size; places of worship; gyms; indoor retail malls; outdoor recreation; indoor and outdoor museums and educational experiences; graduations; brew pubs, distilleries and other similar places; event centers; and some additional businesses not specifically provided for in the state’s order.

    The county’s variance allows certain things that are not yet in the state order, such as:

    Gatherings:

    • Indoor settings can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space.
    • In outdoor settings, the variance allows for 125 people.
    • Indoor malls can begin to open, with a plan approved by Jefferson County Public Health.
    • Graduations can take place, with a plan approved by Jefferson County Public Health.
    • Gyms or places for personal recreation can have up to 50% occupancy or 50 people (whichever is less) in each confined indoor space.

    This collaborative effort is a credit to the on-going efforts of Jeffco elected officials, the public health department, county attorney, community, cities, businesses and county staff – all led by the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

    “This approval will help us responsibly continue the process of re-opening Jefferson County,” said County Manager Don Davis. “We hope that everyone will follow the new guidance to ensure a safe and timely economic recovery.”

    As required by the state for variance applications, Jefferson County Public Health approved the COVID-19 suppression plan in the application. As the county’s economy slowly reopens, Jeffco must continue to protect our community, especially those most vulnerable, from COVID-19. Jefferson County asks that everyone continues to follow all public health orders – including staying six feet away from others, wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands, getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and self-isolating if test results are positive.

    Jefferson County created an annotated version of the state’s public health order to show where the Jeffco variance approvals interact with the state’s order. See the annotated version for the details. You can also view the state’s approval letter on the Jefferson County variance.

  • Governor Polis Signs Updated Safer at Home Executive Order to Transition to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

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    DENVER - Gov. Polis today signed an Executive Order, transitioning from Safer at Home to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors.

    “Our state has some of the most beautiful natural open spaces in the world and we want Coloradans to enjoy our vast, great outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It may feel like we are getting back to normal, but the virus is still here, and it could surge back the moment we let our guard down. We are still far from normal. Coloradans have to remain diligent, and must continue staying home or in the great outdoors away from others as much as possible, wearing masks when we leave the house, and washing our hands. Over these next few weeks, each and every one of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves and others, especially as we begin venturing out onto our trails and open space.”

    “And for anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, it’s extremely important to not go to work or hang out with others and to get tested. Testing is free, easy, and quick at 47 state-supported, community testing sites across the state including at the Pepsi Center in Denver,” Gov. Polis added.

    “Colorado has millions of acres of accessible federal land, municipal parks, State parks, State and county open space, and other accessible areas that allow for stronger Social Distancing in our great outdoors. Coloradans should Stay at Home or in the great outdoors away from others as much as possible and continue to limit social interactions, remain at least six feet from others not in their household, and wear non-medical facial coverings in public,” the Executive Order reads.

    Previously, high-risk Coloradans, those above 65 or with underlying health conditions, were required to stay home unless absolutely necessary. With this Executive Order, those individuals are now encouraged to also enjoy Colorado’s outdoor spaces at a safe social distance, in addition to staying at home as much as possible. This Executive Order also directs the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to issue a corresponding Public Health Order.

    CDPHE is also releasing draft guidance on houses of worship, outdoor recreation, personal recreation, and updates to the child care and personal services guidances. Playgrounds and swimming pools can open at limited capacity and the Governor encourages people to have safe fun outdoors away from others. CDPHE is soliciting input from industry and key stakeholders on the draft guidance, and comments are due by Wednesday, at 12:00pm. Final versions will be released Thursday, June 4, 2020. CDPHE also released guidance for short-term rentals, allowing them to reopen as of June 1, 2020. Guidance issued under Safer at Home is still in effect unless updated by this Executive Order or under CDPHE.

    DENVER - Gov. Polis today signed an Executive Order, transitioning from Safer at Home to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors.

    “Our state has some of the most beautiful natural open spaces in the world and we want Coloradans to enjoy our vast, great outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It may feel like we are getting back to normal, but the virus is still here, and it could surge back the moment we let our guard down. We are still far from normal. Coloradans have to remain diligent, and must continue staying home or in the great outdoors away from others as much as possible, wearing masks when we leave the house, and washing our hands. Over these next few weeks, each and every one of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves and others, especially as we begin venturing out onto our trails and open space.”

    “And for anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, it’s extremely important to not go to work or hang out with others and to get tested. Testing is free, easy, and quick at 47 state-supported, community testing sites across the state including at the Pepsi Center in Denver,” Gov. Polis added.

    “Colorado has millions of acres of accessible federal land, municipal parks, State parks, State and county open space, and other accessible areas that allow for stronger Social Distancing in our great outdoors. Coloradans should Stay at Home or in the great outdoors away from others as much as possible and continue to limit social interactions, remain at least six feet from others not in their household, and wear non-medical facial coverings in public,” the Executive Order reads.

    Previously, high-risk Coloradans, those above 65 or with underlying health conditions, were required to stay home unless absolutely necessary. With this Executive Order, those individuals are now encouraged to also enjoy Colorado’s outdoor spaces at a safe social distance, in addition to staying at home as much as possible. This Executive Order also directs the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to issue a corresponding Public Health Order.

    CDPHE is also releasing draft guidance on houses of worship, outdoor recreation, personal recreation, and updates to the child care and personal services guidances. Playgrounds and swimming pools can open at limited capacity and the Governor encourages people to have safe fun outdoors away from others. CDPHE is soliciting input from industry and key stakeholders on the draft guidance, and comments are due by Wednesday, at 12:00pm. Final versions will be released Thursday, June 4, 2020. CDPHE also released guidance for short-term rentals, allowing them to reopen as of June 1, 2020. Guidance issued under Safer at Home is still in effect unless updated by this Executive Order or under CDPHE.