Due to continued spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Colorado and several presumptive COVID-19 positive cases in Adams County, Brighton City Council approved a resolution Saturday declaring a local disaster for the City of Brighton. This declaration will remain in effect until it is determined by City Council to be no longer necessary.
The local disaster declaration allows for the city to activate response and recovery plans and to effectively acquire and deploy federal, state, and county resources to support the Brighton community.
On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency for Colorado, which helps to ensure resources are available to the state to combat COVID-19.
In addition to the local disaster declaration issued today, the City of Brighton continues to take actions to help limit the spread of the disease in the community. Beginning Friday, the city temporarily closed to the public the Brighton Recreation Center, Eagle View Adult Center and the Armory Performing Arts Center. Effective Monday, March 16, all city buildings will be temporarily closed to the public at least through Sunday, March 22. This schedule is subject to change, as the city continues to evaluate information from our local and state partners.
At the special meeting today, City Council canceled the March 17 and March 24 City Council meetings due to the declaration. Board and commission meetings have also been canceled until further notice from the City Manager.
Council also passed a resolution approving an emergency electronic participation policy for Brighton City Council regular or special meetings. In the event a quorum is unable to physically meet because an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent due to an emergency or health pandemic, meetings may be conducted by telephone, electronically, or by other means of communication, as allowed by the Colorado Open Meetings Law.
In line with county, state and federal guidelines and recommendations, and in an abundance of caution, the City will postpone, suspend or cancel non-essential City events, community gatherings, and engagements involving more than 250 people, and in many cases, those with fewer than 250 people. During this emergency period, the City will monitor developments with COVID-19 and will adjust this response as appropriate.
Residents may continue to contact the city by phone or email for questions or service needs, or visit www.brightonco.gov for online services. A list of frequently asked questions is also available at www.brightonco.gov/covid-2019.
The city encourages the community to continue practicing actions that help prevent exposure, including the following CDC recommendations:
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information by visiting www.tchd.org/coronavirus, https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe, and www.cdc.gov/covid19. If you have general questions about COVID-19, call the CO-HELP InfoLine at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and more.
The City will post updates on building closures on the city’s website and social media sites.