The City of Brighton staff continues to be in communication with its local health partners, Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), regarding the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019).
Out of precaution to keep our residents and visitors safe, the City of Brighton has temporarily closed all city buildings to the public effective Monday, March 16. City buildings will still be open to employees and operations will continue but visitors will not be allowed in the buildings. These closures will continue through at least April 16. This schedule is subject to change, as the city continues to evaluate information from our local and state partners.
Tri-County Health Department has issued a Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.
The Public Health Orders require that all people in each county stay at their place of residence, and that they make every effort possible to conduct only essential activities necessary to maintain health and well-being, such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and/or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running while following other social distancing practices.
Work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing, is also permitted. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except to seek medical care.
Read more here.
Gov. Polis has also announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. Read more about the state order as well as frequently asked questions regarding the order here.
Additionally, the state of Colorado has taken the following actions:
- Signed an executive order directing all of Colorado’s non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50 percent. Read more
- Issued a public health order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective March 17 for the duration of 30 days. Read more
- Recommended that Colorado follow CDC guidance to cancel or postpone in-person events of 50 people or more. Read more
Read more actions taken by the state here.
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 the 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, the 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.
- March 24: City of Brighton reports first case of employee with COVID-19 - Read here
- March 23: City to waive late fees and water shut-offs for 30 days - Read here
- March 17: City extends temporary closure of all facilities to the public through April 16 - Read here
- March 14, 2020: City Council declares local disaster - Read here
- March 12, 2020: City temporarily closing all facilities to the public as a precautionary measure for COVID-19 - Read here
The Brighton 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.
Below is some reliable and up-to-date information to help you stay informed about the virus:
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.