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COVID-19

Gov. Jared Polis announced a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning at 6 a.m. Thurs., March 26 and extended until April 26, 2020. The intent of the order is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible while continuing essential services and travel necessary to protect public health.

Read the executive order and the public health order, as well as some helpful FAQs about what these orders mean. Also, view the press conference at which the announcement was made.

If you have questions about whether your business or job falls under the essential designation, please refer to designations made by the State of ColoradoGatherings of large groups for the purpose of any special event or meeting within the City of Westminster where more than (10) people will be present are not permitted at this time due to Colorado Public Health Order 20-23. Learn more about how this order affects gatherings.

Public health orders issued by Jefferson County Public Health and the Tri-County Health Department Wed., March 25, have been rescinded and both organizations have formally adopted the state's order.

On Friday, April 3, Governor Polis announced the Colorado Mask Campaign encouraging Coloradans to wear non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essential business.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more widespread, keeping residents and city employees healthy and essential city operations functioning are the City of Westminster's priorities. 

With COVID-19 cases identified in Colorado and in Westminster, below is information about closures, cancellations, the continuation of city services, links to information about COVID-19 and news updates.

If you have questions related to COVID-19 and city response, city services or other issues, please email covid19@cityofwestminster.us

As this public health issue develops, the city will continue to provide residents with information about city operations.

Message from City Council   Mensaje del Concejo Municipal 

Closures and Cancellations

In a proactive effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and in response to the President’s Declaration of a National Emergency and the Governor’s Declaration of a State Emergency, the following closures and cancellations are in effect:

Effective Tuesday, March 17, City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Passport appointments are currently suspended. If the closure of City Hall on Tuesday presents a substantial hardship, please call 303-658-2400 during business hours for assistance or direction.

Effective Saturday, March 14, all Park, Recreation and Library facilities are closed to the public until further notice. City parks and open spaces remain open to self-directed activities only.

Rentals

Along with facility closures, we are no longer accepting venue rentals (including outdoor pavilions) until further notice. All existing venue/space rentals through April 15, 2020 have been canceled; refunds will be processed as quickly as possible. Rentals beyond April 15 are also subject to cancellation depending upon the duration of the pandemic.

Library Book Drops

As of March 16, Westminster Public Library book drops are closed. Due dates and holds have been extended until further notice. For the safety of our staff and community, please do not return materials to the library. Library-related questions? Email wpl-intouch@cityofwestminster.us.

Parks/Trails

While City parks, trails, and open space still remain open to the public, all park equipment and structures, including playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas/pavilions, and other similar areas conducive to public gatherings, will be closed as of March 25. If you choose to continue using parks, trails, and open space for walking, hiking, biking, or running, continue to practice proper social distancing (maintain at least six feet from others and keep group size to four or fewer people). Also, please assume that all park equipment (picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, etc.) has not been disinfected (there is no practical way for park staff to maintain a constant state of sanitation).

Special Events

Following state and federal recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Egg Hunt has been canceled, and the Great Global Cleanup has been postponed. All tickets to the Adult Egg Hunt will be refunded. We hope to reschedule the Great Global Cleanup once it is safe to do so. At this time, all remaining events are currently being evaluated, and we will provide updates as soon as we can.

Limb Recycling

Due to the unexpected cancellation of Saturday’s (March 14) tree limb recycling event, we are offering a self-serve tree limb drop-off for Westminster residents from Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, March 20. The drop off is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at 10001 Alkire St., Arvada, CO 80005. Tree limbs and shrubs only (no fencing, decking, dirt, sod, etc.). Free mulch is available; bring your own containers, or self-load into the back of your truck.

Snow Removal

City snow removal operations will continue and maintain the same level of service. A lesser priority will be placed on snow removal at facilities that have been temporarily closed to the public. 

The Westminster Municipal Court is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. Cases will still be handled in a fair, just and impartial manner during this time with the same high standards of accountability, integrity and equity. Even though the court will be closed to the public, there will be staff on site at the court available to take your phone calls for questions, to resolve your case or have it continued. Learn more details on Municipal Court services during this time.
Effective Saturday, March 14, all programs and events, both indoor and outdoor, are suspended until further notice. This includes the March 17 St. Patrick's Day event at the MAC, the March 18 Water and Sewer Rate Open House and the Spring 2020 Citizens Police Academy.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective at 8:00 a.m. on March 17 for the duration of 30 days. The public health order will help the state slow and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado communities. Learn more and read the entire public health order.

COVID-19 Business Resources and Support

Westminster Economic Development offers up-to-the-minute business resources and support. Because there is much uncertainty around the kind of impact this crisis is going to have on the Westminster business community, city staff are working tirelessly on this issue to provide business owners and employees with updates and available resources as they evolve. 

The Economic Development team is looking forward to economic recovery efforts, and what resources and initiatives can be implemented to help the Westminster business community recover as a whole. Please regularly visit the Economic Development website for resources and updates.

COVID-19 and water/wastewater treatment

As a part of the city's public health priorities, staff are continually evaluating the effectiveness of our city services. Regarding COVID-19 and the city’s water and wastewater operations, the coronavirus has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water.

According to the CDC, coronaviruses are susceptible to the same disinfection conditions as any other virus.

As required for all municipal water systems, the treatment processes used at the Semper and Northwest Drinking Water Treatment Facilities remove or destroy 99.99% of all viruses.

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s COVID-19 and drinking water web page.

Resources

News

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

City to hold business support forum

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus: What is the city doing?