Due to the rise in COVID-19 County incidence rates in Adams County, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move the county into Level 3 of Safer at Home effective at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28. The dial is a framework to inform counties about how they are doing to contain the virus and has five levels. Level 3 of Safer at Home is the highest risk level before Stay at Home measures.
Under the state’s updated Safer at Home Public Health Order:
Public and private gatherings are limited to no more than 10 individuals from no more than two households. (Note: Under TCHD’s Public Health Order issued Oct. 16, the limit is 5 for indoor gatherings and 10 for outdoor gatherings, which will be in effect until Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, unless amended or extended.)
Non-critical Retail may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit.
Personal Services may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 25 people, per room.
Restaurants may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.
Houses of worship and Life Rites may operate at 25% or 50 people. For outdoor worship services, a house of worship must maintain 6 feet distance between non-household members
Indoor events may operate at 50 percent capacity or 25 people, whichever is fewer.
Outdoor recreational activities in groups of 10 people or fewer may occur, maintaining 6 feet Distancing Requirements between non-household contacts.
Gyms, recreation centers and indoor pools may operate at 25% capacity, not to exceed 25 patrons, whichever is less, per room indoors or per activity or area outdoors.
For a complete list of restrictions, see the updated Order.
Under Level 3, certain City of Brighton operations will be affected. The Brighton Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, Nov. 2 and will operate at 25% capacity or 25 people, whichever is fewer, per indoor room. During the reduced capacity, the Center will also offer virtual class options.
The Eagle View Adult Center will remain closed. The Center has been closed since March due to COVID-19 but continues to offer a variety of virtual programs for residents.
Brighton City Hall is currently closed due to recent positive COVID-19 cases. The building will remain closed to the public, except by appointment only, until Monday, Nov. 9. Once open, City Hall will operate at reduced staffing with many non-essential employees working remotely in order to maintain 25 percent capacity. The building will be open to those needing to make a utility payment, visit the One Stop Center for licensing, permits, or inspections or get a sales tax or business license, as well as other services. Residents may continue to contact the city by phone or email for questions or service needs, or visit www.brightonco.gov for online services. All future meetings for City Council, as well as city boards and commissions will be held virtually through the end of the year.
The Brighton Police Department remains open and the Municipal Court will reopen on Friday, Oct. 30.
The City will continue to offer its free, drive-up COVID-19 rapid testing to those who live or work in Brighton. The mobile testing site is located in the Eagle View Adult Center (1150 Prairie Center Parkway) parking lot and is open for testing on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. through Nov. 21. Documentation is required at check in (i.e. an ID card, utility bill, etc. for residents and a paycheck stub, work badge, etc. for employees).
As of Wednesday, Adams County had a two-week test positivity rate of 10.2%. In Brighton, the two-week test positivity rate is 8.1%.
On Oct. 20, City Council voted to opt into Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD) local public health order requiring face coverings for all adults and children 10 or older in indoor public spaces and outdoor spaces whenever six-foot distancing with people outside your household cannot be maintained. This vote means the City of Brighton will follow TCHD’s extended order requiring face coverings in public places during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, or until amended or rescinded.
In response to the rising cases, Adams County and TCHD have launched new campaigns. TCHD’s new campaign Practice Safe Six aims to remind communities of the importance of practicing the following social distancing guidelines:
Stay 6 feet from others
Wash your hands often
Be extra safe if you’re at higher risk
Stay home when sick
Get tested if you have symptoms
Adams County’s Pledge to Protect campaign urges residents to stay vigilant to help stop the spread by following social distancing guidelines.
If you have any questions regarding the public health order, please contact TCHD at 303-220-9200. The public can report suspected violations of the order by contacting the same number.