COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information from the City of Golden

Stay-at-home Order Issued by Jeffco and Neighboring Counties as well as the State

Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.

Consistent with the new public health order from Jefferson County, the City is closing all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters and Fossil Trace Golf Course. The City parks themselves will remain open for the purposes of allowing essential exercise to the public, but only in groups of four or less, and everyone should maintain proper social distancing practices when meeting other individuals on trails and in parks.

Governor Polis also announced a statewide Stay-At-Home order effective March 26 through April 11.

Learn more about both orders and read the orders in their entirety below under Local and State Updates.

For questions about the new Stay-at-Home order, please call JCPH at 303 232-6301 or email HealthEPR@jeffco.us.

2nd Community Briefing and Live Q&A - March 25 at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m.,Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski provided a virtual update and Q&A session. If you missed the live update, you can watch it now on YouTube or Facebook. The briefing will also air again on Comcast Channel 880 and GCO.tv.

Closures and Cancellations Extended

Golden Update: March 21, 2020 -- This past week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) ordered all events and gatherings of more than ten people canceled or postponed until May 11th and ordered specific businesses to be closed to the public though April 30. The City of Golden is following all state public health guidelines and orders. (covid19.colorado.gov)

The Mayor of Golden is encouraging businesses to implement work from home policies and to begin delivery of goods or curbside pickup to the greatest extent possible. Individuals are encouraged to engage in only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being such as getting groceries or carryout meals, obtaining medical supplies and medication, and engaging in outdoor activities as long as social distancing practices are followed.

The City Offers Options for Businesses Filing Sales Tax

Business sales taxes are due on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, if you reach out to the City's Finance Department before March 31, 2020 we will offer additional options for businesses to file sales tax payments to assist businesses struggling with cash flow: 1) businesses can set up payment plans for sales tax payments due, and 2) waive any penalties associated with failure to pay on time. Businesses should contact the Finance Department sales tax at 303-384-8024 orsalestax@cityofgolden.net to make these arrangements.

City of Golden Coronavirus Community Briefing

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

On Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m., the Mayor and City Manager held a virtual community meeting to discuss what steps are being taken here in Golden and what’s to come. The meeting was streamed live on Comcast Channel 880 and on Facebook and questions were taken from the community on the Facebook live stream. If you missed the broadcast, we invite you to watch a recording of it now 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 closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. We are still conducting business, you can reach us at our phone number 303-384-8000 and our email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.
  • The City closed the Golden History Museum and all recreation facilities (including the Golden Community Center, outdoor athletic fields, Tony Grampsas Gymnasium, and all programs and classes) on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Community Center will be closed until further notice per an order from the state that all gyms be closed through April. We hope to open the Museum earlier. During this time, we will be constantly monitoring the situation. If you are a Community Center passholder, please see the GCC Closure Information below.
  • 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 will be asked to postpone their work and other non-essential meetings. Our City Council meetings are still planned to be held 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

  • Golden Municipal Court is postponing cases, including those scheduled for March 30 and throughout April, and rescheduling them for a future date. City staff will be making direct contact with those that might have an upcoming scheduled court date.

Special Election

  • We have been in contact with Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder about our scheduled special election on April 27. It is a mail-in ballot election already but if there is a need for absentee ballots, we will address it well before the election.

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.

Stay-at-home Order Issued by Jeffco and Neighboring Counties as well as the State

Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.

Consistent with the new public health order from Jefferson County, the City is closing all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters and Fossil Trace Golf Course. The City parks themselves will remain open for the purposes of allowing essential exercise to the public, but only in groups of four or less, and everyone should maintain proper social distancing practices when meeting other individuals on trails and in parks.

Governor Polis also announced a statewide Stay-At-Home order effective March 26 through April 11.

Learn more about both orders and read the orders in their entirety below under Local and State Updates.

For questions about the new Stay-at-Home order, please call JCPH at 303 232-6301 or email HealthEPR@jeffco.us.

2nd Community Briefing and Live Q&A - March 25 at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m.,Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski provided a virtual update and Q&A session. If you missed the live update, you can watch it now on YouTube or Facebook. The briefing will also air again on Comcast Channel 880 and GCO.tv.

Closures and Cancellations Extended

Golden Update: March 21, 2020 -- This past week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) ordered all events and gatherings of more than ten people canceled or postponed until May 11th and ordered specific businesses to be closed to the public though April 30. The City of Golden is following all state public health guidelines and orders. (covid19.colorado.gov)

The Mayor of Golden is encouraging businesses to implement work from home policies and to begin delivery of goods or curbside pickup to the greatest extent possible. Individuals are encouraged to engage in only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being such as getting groceries or carryout meals, obtaining medical supplies and medication, and engaging in outdoor activities as long as social distancing practices are followed.

The City Offers Options for Businesses Filing Sales Tax

Business sales taxes are due on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, if you reach out to the City's Finance Department before March 31, 2020 we will offer additional options for businesses to file sales tax payments to assist businesses struggling with cash flow: 1) businesses can set up payment plans for sales tax payments due, and 2) waive any penalties associated with failure to pay on time. Businesses should contact the Finance Department sales tax at 303-384-8024 orsalestax@cityofgolden.net to make these arrangements.

City of Golden Coronavirus Community Briefing

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

On Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m., the Mayor and City Manager held a virtual community meeting to discuss what steps are being taken here in Golden and what’s to come. The meeting was streamed live on Comcast Channel 880 and on Facebook and questions were taken from the community on the Facebook live stream. If you missed the broadcast, we invite you to watch a recording of it now 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 closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. We are still conducting business, you can reach us at our phone number 303-384-8000 and our email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.
  • The City closed the Golden History Museum and all recreation facilities (including the Golden Community Center, outdoor athletic fields, Tony Grampsas Gymnasium, and all programs and classes) on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Community Center will be closed until further notice per an order from the state that all gyms be closed through April. We hope to open the Museum earlier. During this time, we will be constantly monitoring the situation. If you are a Community Center passholder, please see the GCC Closure Information below.
  • 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 will be asked to postpone their work and other non-essential meetings. Our City Council meetings are still planned to be held 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

  • Golden Municipal Court is postponing cases, including those scheduled for March 30 and throughout April, and rescheduling them for a future date. City staff will be making direct contact with those that might have an upcoming scheduled court date.

Special Election

  • We have been in contact with Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder about our scheduled special election on April 27. It is a mail-in ballot election already but if there is a need for absentee ballots, we will address it well before the election.

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.