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COVID-19 Information from the City of Golden

Back to School Community Briefing and Live Q & A - Wednesday 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 12 at 6 p.m., join us for a virtual community briefing with Mayor Laura Weinberg and local education leaders about the upcoming school year and what parents and students should expect. Join us for this virtual update and Q&A session on GCO.tv (click the green "Now" button to watch live), www.cityofgolden.net/Agendas, Comcast Channel 8/880 or Facebook Live. You may also call in to listen to the meeting by dialing 1-408-418-9388 and entering event code 146 152 3088. Callers will not be able to speak during the meeting, only listen.

Please email your questions to COVID19@cityofgolden.net by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

If you participate on Facebook live, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions as the Mayor and City Manager are talking.

JCPH Issues Public Health Order 20-008 Requiring Mask-Wearing in Outdoor Public Settings

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), at the direction of the Jefferson County Board of Health issued a new Public Health Order 20-008 (PHO 20-008) that requires everyone in Jeffco ages 11 and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public settings — both indoors and outdoors — when unable to maintain 6-foot social distancing. Currently, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) mask order primarily applies to indoor settings. PHO 20-008 seeks to further protect our residents by requiring use of face coverings in outdoor settings as well. PHO 20-008 is effective July 24 at midnight until further notice.

Jefferson County Taking Steps to Reduce COVID-19 Case Increase with Goal of Avoiding Business Closures

Despite several public health orders over the last few weeks and concerted efforts, Jefferson County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases – from 388 cases (probable and confirmed) during the weeks of June 27-July 10, to just over 580 total cases for the weeks of July 11-24, meaning the county has surpassed its two-week case limit set forth in its first variance. As a result, the county must implement a mitigation plan to bring these numbers within the threshold limit or risk having its variance rescinded.

Read more about the steps being taken in the press release below.

JCPH Update and What's New

Jeffco Public Health rescinded their recently passed public health mask order to follow the statewide mask order announced by Governor Polis on July 16.

JCPH provided an update including current stats on COVID-19 cases locally, state-wide and nationally.

Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order

Governor Jared Polis announced a Statewide mask order, directing Coloradans to wear a face covering while indoors. The Governor also provided an update on the State’s response to COVID-19.

Emergency Ordinance Expands Mask Requirements in Golden

Golden City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance during their meeting last night, which expands current mask requirements to include indoor and outdoor areas of the city. This goes into effect today. Council made this decision in an effort to protect the community against COVID-19 and keep businesses open.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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

  • 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.

Back to School Community Briefing and Live Q & A - Wednesday 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 12 at 6 p.m., join us for a virtual community briefing with Mayor Laura Weinberg and local education leaders about the upcoming school year and what parents and students should expect. Join us for this virtual update and Q&A session on GCO.tv (click the green "Now" button to watch live), www.cityofgolden.net/Agendas, Comcast Channel 8/880 or Facebook Live. You may also call in to listen to the meeting by dialing 1-408-418-9388 and entering event code 146 152 3088. Callers will not be able to speak during the meeting, only listen.

Please email your questions to COVID19@cityofgolden.net by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

If you participate on Facebook live, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions as the Mayor and City Manager are talking.

JCPH Issues Public Health Order 20-008 Requiring Mask-Wearing in Outdoor Public Settings

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), at the direction of the Jefferson County Board of Health issued a new Public Health Order 20-008 (PHO 20-008) that requires everyone in Jeffco ages 11 and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public settings — both indoors and outdoors — when unable to maintain 6-foot social distancing. Currently, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) mask order primarily applies to indoor settings. PHO 20-008 seeks to further protect our residents by requiring use of face coverings in outdoor settings as well. PHO 20-008 is effective July 24 at midnight until further notice.

Jefferson County Taking Steps to Reduce COVID-19 Case Increase with Goal of Avoiding Business Closures

Despite several public health orders over the last few weeks and concerted efforts, Jefferson County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases – from 388 cases (probable and confirmed) during the weeks of June 27-July 10, to just over 580 total cases for the weeks of July 11-24, meaning the county has surpassed its two-week case limit set forth in its first variance. As a result, the county must implement a mitigation plan to bring these numbers within the threshold limit or risk having its variance rescinded.

Read more about the steps being taken in the press release below.

JCPH Update and What's New

Jeffco Public Health rescinded their recently passed public health mask order to follow the statewide mask order announced by Governor Polis on July 16.

JCPH provided an update including current stats on COVID-19 cases locally, state-wide and nationally.

Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order

Governor Jared Polis announced a Statewide mask order, directing Coloradans to wear a face covering while indoors. The Governor also provided an update on the State’s response to COVID-19.

Emergency Ordinance Expands Mask Requirements in Golden

Golden City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance during their meeting last night, which expands current mask requirements to include indoor and outdoor areas of the city. This goes into effect today. Council made this decision in an effort to protect the community against COVID-19 and keep businesses open.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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

  • 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.