The City of Brighton continues under Governor Jared Polis’ Safer-at-Home order, with many non-critical businesses re-opening to operate in limited capacity in accordance with the state’s Safer-at-Home order.
Critical businesses will remain open, while retail businesses may open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions. Starting May 27, the state will allow restaurants will be allowed to offer indoor dine-in service at 50-percent of the posted occupancy code limit and a maximum of 50 patrons. Parties are limited to eight people, tables must be six feet apart, all employees must wear face coverings, and deep cleanings and disinfecting must be done on surfaces with each turnover. 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.
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.
City-owned parks and trails remain open, but people must follow social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals and are restricted to groups of 10 or less. Playgrounds, picnic areas and public restrooms remain closed.
City-owned basketball courts and tennis courts are open strictly for families of the same household. Dog parks are open, but pet owners are encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in those spaces.
City buildings, including City Hall, Historic City Hall, Eagle View Adult Center, the Armory Performing Arts Center, and the Brighton Recreation Center remain closed to the public until further notice. The Brighton Police Department will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Essential public safety services will continue and measures are in place to continue non-emergency operations.
On April 26, the Tri-County Health Department extended the Stay-at-Home order to May 8 for Adams and Arapahoe counties, citing an effort to stem the on-going high level of COVID-19 virus infection in the counties. Since then, TCHD officials said COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) have started to improve with the help of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) providing additional testing and PPE to local providers and test sites.
To help small businesses with recovery and reopening, Adams County recently launched a series of programs, ranging from mini grants for operations and technology to loans up to $25,000.
Residents are strongly advised to continue staying at home, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes people with underlying medical issues and those 65 and older.
People who go out in public are urged to continue to take the following preventative measures:
Wear a face covering
Maintain six feet of distance from others
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself and contact your doctor
If you are sick, stay home
Limit non-essential travel
For more information regarding COVID-19, including data and resources, visit covid19.colorado.gov/, adamscountycovid19.org, www.tchd.org, or www.brightonco.gov.