City of Glenwood Springs: Continue wearing masks and social distancing indoors

Glenwood Springs City Council extends mask order for indoor public-facing spaces for consistent, city-wide policy

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – On April 15, Glenwood Springs City Council extended the existing face covering mandate for indoor public-facing spaces within the city limits. For outdoor spaces, masks are no longer mandatory, but are encouraged when in close proximity with others. This provides a consistent, city-wide policy in conjunction with the devolution of the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 dial and follows state recommendations for local governments to maintain these policies for indoor settings.

“Maintaining these protocols as vaccination increases amongst our region and visitors is a proactive step to protect our community and ensures clarity and consistency for our City,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes. “To keep it simple, keep wearing your mask indoors in public spaces.”

The extended Glenwood Springs order will be in effect until May 20, 2021 when City Council will evaluate further action. The Colorado dial will remain as guidance to counties and the state still strongly recommends that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The state public health order allows counties to implement regulations at the local level while still maintaining some limited requirements across the state. The state health order requires 6 feet distancing and mask-wearing for schools (including extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, emergency medical and other healthcare settings, personal services and limited healthcare settings, congregate care facilities, prisons, and jails. For questions about state or Garfield County guidance, please contact Garfield County Public Health.

City of Glenwood Springs: Continue wearing masks and social distancing indoors

City of Glenwood Springs Community Center will be closed through March 14, 2021 after employee tested positive for COVID-19

Glenwood Springs, CO – On Thursday, March 4, 2020, the City of Glenwood Springs was notified that an employee in the Parks and Recreation Department became symptomatic after a COVID-19 exposure.  The City quickly responded by contacting Garfield County Public Health which conducted contact tracing.  Contact tracing determined six Community Center employees were exposed to COVID-19.

Garfield County Public Health has notified exposed individuals who have been ordered to quarantine through March 14th.  The order includes isolation or extended quarantine for individuals who develop symptoms during the quarantine period. People with questions should contact the public health office via email or call 970-945-6614 in Glenwood Springs or 970-625-5200 in Rifle.

The Community Center will be closed through Sunday, March 14th to accommodate reduced staffing due to Garfield County Public Health ordered quarantines.  The Community Center has canceled all reservations through March 14, 2021.  Members will receive an additional ten days on their memberships.  The hockey rink is exempt from these closures and will continue to operate as normal.

The City of Glenwood Springs will promptly notify the community if isolation or extended quarantines prolong staffing shortages causing the Community Center to extend this closure.  Patrons are encouraged to follow the Community Center website (www.glenwoodrec.com) and their social media for the latest information on reopening. The City of Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. 

Community Center Manager, Cristi Newton said, “We are grateful for the community’s support and patience while we do everything possible to protect both Community Center users and our staff.”

City of Glenwood Springs: Employee presumptive positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, March 4, 2020, the City of Glenwood Springs was notified that an employee in the Parks and Recreation Department became symptomatic after a COVID-19 exposure. Currently, the City is treating the employee, who works at the Community Center as presumptive positive.  Community Center members are not believed to have been exposed.

Following guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Garfield County Public Health, the presumptive positive employee, as well as others in their immediate work area, are self-isolating. Garfield County Public Health has begun contact tracing for all individuals that may have been in contact with the employee. People with questions should contact the public health office via email or call 970-945-6614 in Glenwood Springs or 970-625-5200 in Rifle.

The community center will be closed through Saturday to accommodate reduced staffing due to precautionary isolation while Garfield County Public Health conducts contact tracing. The community center may extend the closure depending on Garfield County Public Health quarantine recommendations. Patrons are encouraged to find community center reopening updates on social media and its website.

The City of Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. Parks Director, Brian Smith said, “We’re working closely with Garfield County Public Health and the City of Glenwood Springs Fire Department Infection Control Officer, to protect the safety of our staff and patrons.  We will reopen the Community Center as soon as we can safely do so.”

City of Glenwood Springs Community Center will be closed through March 14, 2021 after employee tested positive for COVID-19

City of Glenwood Springs to host Community Conversation: Law Enforcement Responses During the Pandemic, on March 1

Glenwood Springs, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs will host a virtual Community Conversation “Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Responses During the Pandemic” on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  The presentation will be simulcast on Zoom in both English and Spanish and be live streamed to Facebook.

The purpose of the meeting is to listen and discuss limits of law enforcement and response during the COVID-19 pandemic, and better understand community questions. Speakers include Glenwood Springs Police Chief Joseph Deras, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, and 9th Judicial District Attorney Jefferson Cheney.

The meeting login information can be accessed on the City of Glenwood Springs Calendar at cogs.us/calendar and is included below.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 1, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: 2021/03/01 Information Session
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89099473649

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +13462487799,,89099473649#  or +16699006833,,89099473649#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

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Webinar ID: 890 9947 3649

    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k9PbZqSot

City of Glenwood Springs to host Community Conversation: Law Enforcement Responses During the Pandemic, on March 1

City of Glenwood Springs: Red or severe risk level on Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines

City of Glenwood Springs to provide restaurant grants

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Due to increased community transmission and case numbers, effective Thursday December 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. the State of Colorado has moved Garfield County from the current level Orange, to Level Red, the second strictest level of the Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines.

For more information, please contact Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, email https://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/142/Contact or call 970-384-6400.

The Red level of “Safer at Home,” according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website, includes stricter regulations for many industries including restaurants and bars. The expected changes are listed below:

•  Indoor dining closed but can offer take out, to go, or delivery. Outdoor open-air Dining is allowed with members of the same household.
•  Bars that don’t serve food must be closed.
•  Offices limited to 10% capacity, with remote work strongly encouraged.
•  Gyms/indoor recreation limited to 10% capacity or up to 10 people with reservations.
•  Entertainment and indoor event venues must be closed.
•  Unseated outdoor events limited to 25% capacity or 75 people (whichever is fewer).
•  Indoor in-person public gatherings (e.g. meetings, shows, exhibits) are not allowed.
•  Childcares may remain open with standard ratios.

Level Red maintains current capacity of 50 percent for critical and noncritical retail.

City administration reminds businesses that non-compliance with state public health orders could result in state enforcement including cease and desist orders and suspended business and liquor licenses. Liquor licenses are a state enforcement area and multiple restaurants across the state have had their license suspended for disobeying state public health orders.

The City the Glenwood Springs, Chamber Foundation, and the DDA have also partnered to provide additional grants to restaurants since they are expected to have the largest financial strain under these state mandates. It is anticipated that these grants will be $2,400 if a restaurant did not take full advantage of the earlier warming grants provided through CARES funding.

State Bill 20B-001 recently approved by the Colorado General Assembly provides $37 million for direct relief payments to small businesses located in a county that is subject to, and in compliance with, severe capacity restrictions pursuant to a public health order, with payments allocated to the counties for distribution to eligible small businesses, which businesses include restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and fitness and recreational sports centers.

The City of Glenwood’s efforts to combat community spread while assisting local area business includes the recently opened Bethel Plaza public outdoor seating and dining area with outdoor heating elements, as well small covered seating structures on the north side of the pedestrian bridge on 6th street. The Topek structures on the north landing are limited to to-go food only, no alcohol. The Topek structures are scheduled to ship on December 15, 2020.

The city anticipates the igloos will arrive within the next two weeks, and propane heaters under the bridge should be up and running Thursday, December 10. The city has expanded Bethel Plaza to include outdoor dining options to facilitate to go food and alcoholic beverages from area restaurants.

Alcohol consumption hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Private security will also be available during these times. While areas will be cleaned on a regular schedule, patrons are encouraged to bring their own sanitation wipes. 

The city has been distributing blankets to restaurants to give away for outdoor dining. Interested restaurants should contact Matt Nunez, Economic Development Specialist, at 970-384-6424 or matt.nunez@cogs.us.

Glenwood Springs is experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19 and the city recommends all residents take action to protect themselves and prevent the spread of illness.

Attached Topek Structure images provided courtesy of Blackhound Design Company.

City of Glenwood Springs: Red or severe risk level on Colorado COVID-19 dial guidelines

Glenwood Springs expands downtown outdoor dining and alcoholic beverage area

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Restaurant patrons, starting Friday, will be able to consume to-go alcohol beverages in a designated warming area under the Grand Avenue Bridge. This is intended to provide an area where people can take to-go beverages from the restaurants and to expand outdoor dining options.

Bethel Plaza, located beneath the Grand Avenue Bridge, will be outfitted with warming areas for patrons to enjoy food and drinks while shopping or waiting for a table at nearby restaurants. The area is marked by fencing, which will also provide some wind protection. Alcohol consumption hours are Monday through Thursday until 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The city has purchased six igloos to place downtown for patrons to take food inside of. This is intended to provide an area where people can take to-go beverages from the restaurants and to expand outdoor dining. The city is furnishing, maintaining, and cleaning the structures and seating area. The public is encouraged to use its own sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer, in addition to the regular cleaning throughout the day provided by city staff.  The city expects to have the igloos erected within the next couple of weeks pending delivery from the vendor.

The city has purchased branded blankets for restaurants to giveaway to patrons to encourage outdoor dining, which will be available beginning Friday. Interested restaurants should contact Matt Nunez, Economic Development Specialist, at 970-384-6424 or matt.nunez@cogs.us. These efforts are being undertaken with careful consideration of social distancing requirements and the needs of local businesses. Private security will be employed for the downtown seating area beginning Friday.

Glenwood Springs expands downtown outdoor dining and alcoholic beverage area

Community conversation on Oct. 6: Serving our Latinx community

Virtual Town Hall

October 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Purpose:

  • The City of Glenwood Springs in conjunction with Voces Unidas, Towards Justice, Valley View Hospital and Garfield County Public Health will present a facilitated discussion to:
    • Better understand the Latinx community needs and highest priorities
    • Provide a public health update, inclusive of best practices and mandates, infection rates, mortalities, testing (including locations, prices, turn-around times).
    • Provide an overview on workplace rights and resources in the context of COVID-19
  • Questions and answers

This online listening session will be interactive and will be simultaneously interpreted from Spanish into English.

Spanish news flash: https://cogs.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=506
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1unxFxFIS

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Conversación comunitaria: Servir a nuestra comunidad latina

Ayuntamiento Virtual

6 de octubre, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Propósito:

  • La ciudad de Glenwood Springs en conjunto con Voces Unidas, Towards Justice, Valley View Hospital y Salud Publica de Garfield County presentarán una discusión facilitada para:
    • Comprender mejor las necesidades de la comunidad latina y las prioridades más altas
    • Proporcionar una actualización de salud pública, que incluye las mejores prácticas y mandatos, las tasas de infección, las muertes, las pruebas (incluidas las ubicaciones, los precios, los horarios de respuesta).
    • Proporcionar una visión general de los derechos y recursos en el lugar de trabajo en el contexto de COVID-19
  • Preguntas y respuestas

Esta sesión de escucha en línea será interactiva y se interpretará simultáneamente del español al inglés.

Spanish news flash: https://cogs.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=506
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1unxFxFIS

Community conversation on Oct. 6: Serving our Latinx community

Glenwood Springs City Council enacts downtown face covering requirement zone, effective July 30, 2020

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO. – Citing increasing case numbers specific to Glenwood Springs as presented by Garfield County Public Health, City Council enacted a mandatory face covering zone for downtown Glenwood Springs, amending Public Health Order 2020-2. The zone is effective July 30, 2020 until August 20, 2020 unless otherwise renewed. A new Public Health Order will be published upon amendment.

The mandatory face covering zone follows the boundaries of the existing smoking ban area. This area includes portions north of the Grand Avenue bridge in the Hot Springs district, as well as most of downtown on the south side of the Grand Avenue bridge. Map boundaries are listed here.

Garfield County Public Health Specialist Mason Hohstadt presented information to Council at the Special Meeting Tuesday night on Glenwood Springs COVID-19 data that showed a 62 percent increase in cases since June 1st, 2020 with 99 cases from June 1 to present. Glenwood Springs City Council voted 4-2 in favor of the face covering zone, which will go into effect on July 30, 2020 and is set to expire on August 20, 2020 with review by Council.

The order requires face coverings for all members of the public while within the zone, excepting commuter pass through traffic. Exceptions for wearing face coverings is granted for the following persons:

  1. Persons aged two years and under; and
  2. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.
  3. Persons seated at a table in a restaurant and complying with other regulations related to restaurants.
    Masks are available to downtown visitors at the Glenwood Springs Visitor Center located at 802 Grand Avenue downtown.
    Attached is a document detailing face covering requirements within Glenwood Springs as mandated by State and Local Public Health Orders.
    “The ability to maintain social distance, even on a Monday night, in downtown Glenwood Springs right now is difficult. The restaurants and businesses are full and many people are out enjoying the wonderful downtown experience. We need to make sure that this environment is not only fun but safe for residents and tourists alike. This is just one more measure that is intended to keep our citizens healthy,
    and our economy vibrant and moving forward. Our community cannot put itself at risk for being shut
    down again, “said Mayor Jonathan Godes.
    The CDC has reported that up to 25% of people infected with the coronavirus may be asymptomatic. The
    face covering is aimed at lowering the risk of the disease spreading through someone who may be sick
    but not realize it.
    Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes
    and can stay in place without the use of one’s hands. People should wash their masks after every trip out
    of their homes either in a washing machine or with hot water in their sinks.

Glenwood Springs City Council enacts downtown face covering requirement zone, effective July 30, 2020

City of Glenwood Springs Community Center to reopen July 20, 2020, to reservations only

Glenwood Springs, CO – The Glenwood Springs Community Center will reopen to fitness and pool reservations July 20, 2020 after being closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19 on July 5, 2020. In addition, the Basketball Gymnasium will also be available for reservation beginning Monday July 20.

The closure was necessary due to lack of adequate staffing while some employees completed self-isolation as recommended by Garfield County Public Health. In an email to Community Center users that had reservations between June 29 and July 2, Garfield County Public Health officials wrote that “All recommended safety protocols were being practiced, and [the] risk of contracting COVID-19 from exposure to this individual is very minimal.

The use of masks, social distancing and necessary cleaning procedures were in place to ensure the safest environment possible for staff and those using the facility.” Social distancing protocols will remain in place for all community center users including; limited access, separate entrances to the fitness area and the lap pool as well as entry and exit to each area, and guests can only enter the area for which they have a reservation. All Reservations are made online. Guests are also required to maintain social distance while using the facilities and strict cleaning occurs after each use of fitness areas.

Reservations must be made to enter the Community Center for any reason. To make a reservation or for more information about available amenities visit the Parks & Recreation website, www.glenwoodrec.com. Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Garfield County Public Health at 970-945-6614.

City of Glenwood Springs Community Center to reopen July 20, 2020, to reservations only

Fire in Three Mile area near Glenwood Springs

UPDATE: 7.12.20 at 11:18 pm:

Glenwood Springs, Colo – At 7:04 p.m. on July 12, 2020, Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to a brush fire in the Three Mile area.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a small residential structure fully engulfed in flames and 20-foot-high flames in mature oak brush where the risk for wildfire spread was high. 

Two water tenders, seven fire engines, and seven command vehicles responded with 42 firefighters which included mutual aid from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Interagency and the Forest Service.  Garfield County Sheriff, Garfield County Road and Bridge, Excel Energy, Colorado State Patrol and Glenwood Electric also responded to this incident.

Pre-evacuation orders were quickly put into place for Three Mile residents, with evacuation order soon after.  Evacuees reported to the Glenwood Springs High School until the orders were lifted around 9:00 pm.  Mountain Springs residents had a Shelter In Place order until around 10:00 pm.

Incident Commander, Harlan Nimmo, said, “The rapid response by firefighters kept this 2-acre fire from turning into a very large and destructive wildfire.”  The Glenwood Springs Fire Department would like to thank our mutual partners for their impressive response.

The fire is currently controlled and will be monitored throughout the night.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

The Garfield County Fire Investigation team is investigating this incident.

There will be no further information released.

UPDATE: 7.12.20 at 9 pm:
City of Glenwood reports Three Mile evacuation orders have been lifted; Mountain Springs residents are to continue to shelter in place.

At about the same time, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reports that Fire Command was able to control the blaze and limit the spread without air support. While the evacuation order was lifted, the road is closed above the 1.2 mile mark.

7.12.20 at approximately 7:30 pm:
The City of Glenwood Springs reports evacuation orders are in place for Three Mile this evening. There is an active fire in the Three Mile area near Glenwood Springs, with structure damage and high potential for spread. Multiple agencies are responding.

Glenwood Springs Fire is reporting 20 foot flames in heavy oak with high spread potential. Mutual aid, as well as air support is ordered and en route.

The trailer park is not included in the evacuation order. Evacuation orders are in place at the .5 mile marker.

Evacuees should report to the south side of Glenwood Springs High School.

Fire in Three Mile area near Glenwood Springs

City of Glenwood Springs employee tests positive for COVID-19

Glenwood Springs, CO – On Sunday, July 5, 2020, the City of Glenwood Springs was notified that an employee in the Parks and Recreation Department tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee works at the Community Center.  The Community Center will be closed until further notice to accommodate reduced staffing due to precautionary isolation measures.

Following guidelines set forth by the CDC and Garfield County Public Health, the employee who tested positive, as well as others in their immediate work area, are self-isolating. The employee had taken time off for a couple of days preceding the holiday, last working at the pool on Wednesday July 1, 2020, but was tested Sunday at Valley View Hospital after becoming symptomatic.

The City of Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. Garfield County Public Health has begun contact tracing for all individuals that may have been in contact with the employee. People with questions should contact the public health office via email or call 970-945-6614 in Glenwood Springs or 970-625-5200 in Rifle.

The Community Center had partially reopened on June 15, 2020 to reservations. Access was limited with separate entrances to the fitness area and the lap pool and guests could only enter the area for which they had a reservation. All Reservations were made online and no transactions occurred at the front desk. Guests were also required to maintain social distance while using the facilities and strict cleaning guidelines were adopted after each use of fitness areas.

“We knew this was a possibility when we reopened the Community Center and other city facilities. Fortunately, our staff has implemented social distancing and other safety measures to limit, as much as possible, contact with Community Center users, and we hope that this proved beneficial in keeping this an isolated case. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and we will do what is necessary to maintain that goal,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes.

The city will continue to work with Garfield County Public Health throughout this situation and follow recommended procedures.

City of Glenwood Springs employee tests positive for COVID-19