COVID-19

Message from the Mayor

Please be assured that Cañon City is staying on top of the constantly changing COVID-19 situation. We are proactively working with stakeholders and are prepared for if and when it comes to Fremont County. One of the greatest strengths of our small community is that we can pull together quickly and effectively. 

In order to come together, for health and safety, we need to stay apart. Please stay home if you have a high temperature or flu-like symptoms, avoid groups over ten people, support local restaurants by choosing carryout and drive-thru services, and use our children’s extra time off school in ways that won’t spread germs. It will be important to stay informed, steady-minded, and use this opportunity to bring out the best in us. Let’s be compassionate, patient, operate as normally as possible, and do our part to be good neighbors.

Ashley Smith
Mayor of the City of Cañon City

What is the City doing?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more widespread, keeping residents and city employees healthy and city operations functioning are at the forefront of our minds. There is no higher priority for the city than protecting the health and safety of our residents.

Continuity of operations

The city is working with the county and public health and are monitoring the situation and developing response plans. While there will be closures, modifications or interruptions of some city services, we are confident in our ability to continue to provide the essential services that our community depends upon. 

In a proactive effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and in response to the President’s Declaration of a National Emergency, the Governor’s Declaration of a State Emergency, and Fremont County’s Disaster Declaration of COVID-19, the following closures and cancellations are in effect:

Building Closures

Beginning March 17, 2020, City offices, including City Hall, Royal Gorge Museum & History Center, Cañon City Public Library, Public Works, City Parks Public Restrooms, Municipal Court, and the Police Department lobby, will be closed to the public through April 10, 2020. City employees will still be working during this time and offering limited services to our citizens during this time.

Meeting Cancellations

City Council meetings are cancelled until April 6, 2020. We will be exploring alternative ways to conduct meetings and make them accessible to the public in case we need to extend building closures.

Limited Services


City Hall
Utilities and fees payments can be made to the drop boxes at City Hall. City employees will still be conducting work as usual and can be reached on our main line at (719) 269-9011. The building department will still be servicing building permits. Please call (719) 276-5253 if you need to talk to the building official or schedule an appointment.

Municipal Court
Municipal Court clerks will still be conducting work as usual and can be reached on our main line at (719) 276-5601.  Please call to update contact information if you have a recent upcoming court date to get further instruction regarding the closings.

Order relating to COVID-19 Crisis

Payments can be mailed to:  
161 Justice Center Road
Cañon City, CO 81212

Payment can be made by phone with debit/ credit card:
719-276-5601

Museum
The museum offers access to their online collections at https://rgmhc.pastperfectonline.com/ and are exploring ways to offer virtual exhibits.

Parks
Under the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order, the following will be closed to the public until further notice: playgrounds, tennis courts, skate parks, restrooms, campgrounds, and picnic shelter areas.

Police
If you have a non-emergency matter please call the CCPD at (719) 276-5600 to talk to staff or an officer. Officers will still be responding in the field to urgent and emergency calls during this time.

COVID-19 and Water Treatment

The coronavirus has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water. According to the CDC, coronaviruses are susceptible to the same disinfection conditions as any other virus. As required for all municipal water systems, the treatment processes used at the Cañon City Water Treatment Plant remove or destroy 99.99% of all viruses.

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s COVID-19 and drinking water web page and the CDC Water Transmission web page.

Reporting Issues to the City

Please report all non-emergency issues to the City through SeeClickFix.

Contact with City Staff

We ask the public to please refrain from approaching City Staff that you may see out working in our shared public spaces. If you have any questions please call us at (719) 269-9011 so we can answer you in a safe and prompt manner. This is for the safety of our citizens and our staff, so that we may continue to offer services during this time of social distancing.

What is Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

More information from the CDC.

How can I keep myself safe?

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Use at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Plan for ways to increase space between people to at least 3 feet.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.  Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

These lists are not all inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Higher Risk Populations

  • Older adults (over age 60), especially those over 80.
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Diabetes 
    • Heart disease
    • Lung disease
    • Kidney disease
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at the highest risk.

People at higher risk should take action now to be prepared for this virus if there is an outbreak in their community. The CDC has put together information you need to prepare.

Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.

Should I travel?

There is a risk of infection in areas with active outbreaks, both internationally and in the United States. Exposure to those who may have or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus puts you at risk. Air travel and use of other forms of mass transportation can contribute to the spread of the virus. 

If you have any personal travel planned, please check for travel advisories on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment website (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html).