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Monday, May 4, 2020

City facilities will gradually reopen after Stay at Home order ends

The city has had all facilities closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 public health crisis and will take a phased, measured approach to reopening City Hall, recreation facilities, Irving Street Library and College Hill Library. Both Jefferson County Public Health and the Tri-County Health Department have issued public health orders extending Governor Polis' Stay at Home order until Friday, May 8.

“The city has been making plans for reopening city facilities and what that process will look like for the public and for employees,” said City Manager Don Tripp. “We want to make sure that we have the right processes in place to keep our community safe during the ‘Safer at Home’ phase for Colorado.”

“We are working on plans to reopen facilities, but don’t have specific timetables just yet,” said Public Works Director Max Kirschbaum. “We want to make sure we have the cleaning supplies in place, a sustainable plan going forward for city facilities, and staff able to enact those processes for themselves and the public.”

City staff are establishing plans for a measured and methodical reopening based on guidelines from the state, counties and public health community. The overarching goal is to adequately prepare city facilities to maintain the health of residents and city staff against the spread of COVID-19.

The city will follow guidance and directives issued by county public health officials.

While recreation and library facilities have been closed, the city has never stopped operating. Staff have been and will continue respond to your calls and emails, process business permits, perform inspections, ensure public safety, maintain quality drinking water, and many other essential city services.

We will share information and timelines as decisions are made about reopening city facilities.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to our community.

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