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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Updates

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COVID-2019 (Coronavirus)

The City of Brighton staff continues to be in communication with local health partners, Tri-County Health Department, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), regarding the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019). 

Closures

Out of precaution to keep our residents and visitors safe, the City of Brighton has temporarily closed all city buildings to the public. On May 5, City Council decided to extend the closure through May 31. City buildings are still be open to employees and operations continue, but visitors are not allowed in the buildings. 

The following buildings are closed to the public: 

  •     Brighton City Hall, 500 S. 4th Ave.
  •     Historic City Hall, 22 S. 4th Ave.
  •     Brighton Recreation Center, 555 N. 11th Ave.
  •     Eagle View Adult Center, 1150 Prairie Center Pkwy.
  •     Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St.
  •     Brighton Municipal Court, 3401 E. Bromley Ln.

Court sessions are suspended through at least May 31, but Court will remain open for processing cases by phone, mail, or email. All traffic tickets are eligible for the "Early Plea Guidelines" established by the City Prosecutor. All cases that aren’t eligible for this are eligible for a plea by mail at the discretion of the City Prosecutor. All Court-ordered NCTI and ISAE classes may be completed online. Restitution will be reserved in all cases for 91 days (which starts upon disposition/resolution of the case). Cases will be rescheduled to a later date when court sessions resume.

The Brighton Police Department remains open. Essential public safety services will continue and measures are in place to continue non-emergency operations.

Safer-at-Home order

On May 9, the city of Brighton transitioned from Stay-at-Home to Safer-at-Home guidelines. The change in order means in addition to essential services like hospitals and grocery stores, many non-critical businesses like restaurants are able to operate in limited capacity in accordance with the state’s Safer-at-Home order. Retail businesses can open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions. Bars, gyms, libraries, and movie theaters remain closed. Businesses must adhere to at least a 50-percent reduction in their in-person work force. Workers who can do so are still encouraged to work from home whenever possible. 

Click here to view Tri-County Health Department’s business checklist for re-opening.

More information regarding the Safer-at-Home order, including industry-specific guidelines and frequently asked questions, search here.

Cloth Face Coverings

On May 5, City Council voted to strongly encourage residents to wear a face covering in public. In addition, all individuals over the age of two years old and without a disability are required to wear a face covering in all city buildings.

Governor Jared Polis continues to encourage Coloradans to wear cloth face coverings when they go out of their homes for essential functions like grocery shopping. Data suggests up to 1 in 4 people infected with COVID are asymptomatic and spreading infected respiratory droplets. Masks offer minimal protection for the wearer, but they make a big difference in helping to protect others if a person is infected and doesn’t know it. The state has partnered with ColoradoMaskProject.com, where people can find patterns for making their own masks and ideas for how to help others who can’t make their own, get one. To learn more, read the FAQ document here and visit https://www.coloradomaskproject.com/

Case Count and Mapping

To view case data for Adams County, visit Tri-County Health Department’s website

To view statewide data, visit the state’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions is available here. If your question is not included, please call us at 303-655-2000. 

Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public

To help answer questions about COVID-2019, the CDPHE has set up a Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and more.

COVID-19 and Water/Wastewater Treatment

Regarding COVID-19 and the city’s water and wastewater operations, coronavirus has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low and Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.

As required for all municipal water systems, the treatment processes used at the Water Treatment Facility removes or destroys 99.99% of all viruses.

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

News Releases

To view current news releases, go here

Business Resources

The Brighton Economic Development Corporation(EDC) is committed to providing resources to the Brighton business community during this difficult time. Please visit the Brighton EDC website for a list of resources and resource providers who may be able to provide additional assistance and guidance. Additionally, in order to support all of our great local businesses, the Brighton EDC and the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau have teamed up to start the #WeAreBrighton campaign. Visit http://brightonedc.org/wearebrighton and check out Brighton establishments that are open for business and providing gift cards, take out, and delivery service. If you are a local business and would like to be added to this site, visit https://forms.gle/H9d8KjdBMWoPUcEr9

The Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) in partnership with the Brighton Economic Development Corporation (Brighton EDC) has created the Brighton COVID-19 Relief Fund to help small businesses in Brighton access capital and business coaching. The goal is to provide swift support to viable businesses during the COVID-19 crisis with immediate relief, recovery and rebuilding programs, through a CEF COVID-19 Relief Loan. Learn more.

Adams County has launched a series of programs to assist small businesses with the reopening and recovery process. As part of its COVID-19 emergency response and recovery strategy, Adams County, through its Community & Economic Development Department, is establishing the Small Business Stabilization Program to provide local businesses with grants up to $35,000, dependent on business needs, to retain jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Resources

Below is some reliable and up-to-date information to help you stay informed about the virus:

Safety Tips

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. Take a moment to learn how to protect yourself and others.


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