COVID-19

News and Important Updates

  • Safer at Home Level 1:

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a dial framework to help local governments and Coloradans navigate and apply safety guidance throughout the pandemic. The dial is effective as of Tuesday, September 15. 
    • View details about the dial including a county by county dashboard and what restrictions are in place for each level.
    • The dial framework fact sheet 
    • The dial framework policy.
  • Colorado Mask Mandate

    The statewide mask order has been extended 30 days from September 12th.  
  • Residential Care Facility Indoor Visitation Guidance

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released guidance for indoor visitation in residential care facilities. Residential care facilities (skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, group homes, and intermediate care facilities) that meet the criteria can now welcome visitors indoor

Updated Executive State Orders

All Colorado Public Health Orders and Governor’s Office Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 can be found here.

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.

Safer at Home Guidelines and Orders

The City will be following the Safer-at-Home and the Great Vast Outdoors guidelines and executive order from the Governor. For information on what that entails visit the State's Safer-at-Home webpage

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings will be held via hybrid (teleconference and in-person). Instructions on how to join each individual meeting will be posted on the meeting and events calendar. As of August 14, 2020. citizens may attend City Council meetings in person if they plan to speak to council. Please fill out the online Request to Speak form by 4pm prior to the council meeting. Entrance will only be allowed to those who have completed forms prior to the meeting. The number of people permitted inside council chambers will be limited due to public health guidelines. Health and temperature checks will be conducted prior to entry. Masks are required inside the building unless you are at the podium and addressing council. For questions, please contact City Clerk Cindy Foster Owens at 719.276.5242.

Re-Opening of Services 4/27/2020

As the State moves towards re-opening under the Governor’s Safer-at-Home order, the City will begin to phase the re-opening of City Buildings.

City Hall
On Monday, April 27th, City Hall will be open to citizens. On the Main Street side of the building the doors will be marked Enter and Exit so we can direct the flow of traffic and follow physical distancing guidelines. There will also be outlined standing spaces marked 6-feet apart. We ask that our citizens please wear their masks when inside our building for their continued safety, the safety of other citizens, and the safety of our staff. As always, we will continue to provide hand sanitizer for our patrons. We will continue to have at least 50% of our staff working from home so we encourage you to call and make an appointment with staff instead of just dropping by. We also encourage you to use our online payment options or drop off your utility or sales/use tax payment at one of the drop-boxes outside of City Hall. Visit our website at https://www.canoncity.org or call 719.269.9011 to reach our staff.

Library
The Cañon City Public Library is open to the public as of July 7, 2020, with modified hours of 9:30 am–3 pm Monday–Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Patrons will be required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Follow all public health orders regarding COVID-19 and wear face coverings while inside the building.
  • Return all items to the outside book drop only.
  • Walk-in browsing will be limited to 45 minutes at a time.
  • Reservations must be made for computer use, storytimes, and all other in-person programs.
  • The first hour upon opening will be reserved for all at-risk patrons.
  • Curbside service will continue to be available Monday through Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Virtual storytime will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am on the library’s facebook page. You can take advantage of their e-resources on their website at https://www.ccpl.lib.co.us

Municipal Court
Commencing with the Arraignment docket scheduled for May 5, 2020, the Canon City Municipal Court will resume scheduled Court appearances subject to strictly enforced procedures deemed essential to preserve the health and safety of all persons.

If you have a fever, flu-like symptoms, have been tested as positive for Covid-19, have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus or have medical conditions that place you in a “High Risk” category relative to Covid-19; DO Not Come To Court. Call the Court Staff at 719-276-5601 for assistance on procedures that will help you resolve your case without requiring you to appear in person. Your health and safety are important to the Court and we are taking necessary steps to return to regular Court functions in a way that preserve your health and safety as well as your legal rights.

If you would like to resolve your matter without appearing in Court, please call the Court staff at 719-276-5601.

If you are appearing in person for any Court proceeding, the following procedures will be strictly followed and enforced: Municipal Court Procedures for Safer at Home Order.

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 Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center will have it’s doors locked but will be open by appointment. Patrons may request a reservation online or call the museum at 719.269.9036 to schedule an appointment for small un-guided tours (limit to 4-5 people) or to do research at the museum for one-hour duration or one-hour increments during the business hours of 10am–4pm Wednesday–Saturday. 

The museum also offers access to their online collections and several different virtual exhibits on their exhibits page.

Parks
The Governor’s executive “Safer-at-Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors” order has allowed the City to be able to open up a number of park facilities. The following City Parks areas will be open to the public: playgrounds, tennis courts, pavilions, picnic shelters, the skate park, city-owned campgrounds, and campground restrooms (Red Canyon, Temple Canyon, and Royal Gorge Park).

Playgrounds are now open to 10 people at a time. There will be signage posted to remind patrons of these rules. Please do not remove or destroy the signage. Tennis courts are now open from single play to doubles. Pavilions and picnic shelters can be utilized on a first-come-first-served basis.

The splash pad at Centennial Park is open to the public from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm by reservation only. https://canoncity.getomnify.com/.  A maximum of 35 people are allowed on the splash pad per session. Reservations will be open for up to two weeks in advance and can be made up to one hour prior to the day-of next sessions (ex: 3 pm reservations must be made by 2 pm). Patrons may reserve a 45-minute block session. The splash pad will close for a 15-minute break between sessions in order to give staff time to clean the area for the next round of reservations. The splash pad area will be fenced and staffed at all times to prevent overcrowding. Do not climb on fencing.

We ask that users please immediately vacate the splash pad area after their session ends for cleaning and sanitizing. We also ask that next session participants refrain from gathering in the splash pad area prior to their scheduled time. Toddlers not potty trained must wear swim diapers. We encourage spectators and parents outside the play area to practice social distancing and mask-wearing, signage will be posted. The splash pad will close due to high winds, lightning in the area, or maintenance issues.

In order for us to comply with the state orders, we ask that you please continue to maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distance from others outside of your household. We also recommend patrons bring hand sanitizer to clean hands.

Public restrooms outside of the ones at city-owned campgrounds and the splash pad will remain closed until further notice as we do not have the manpower to safely follow the opening rules that are outlined for these types of facilities (ie: restrooms routinely cleaned every hour). We are working on ways to safely open the splash pad and will post that information as soon as we are set up.

For more information on the “Safer-at-Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors” order visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home/recreation.

Please remember to wear a life jacket when playing on the Arkansas River. Life jackets are required for persons of all ages when swimming, rafting, tubing, etc. on the river. BE SAFE!

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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.

The Cañon City Police Department doors will continue to be locked and will be open by appointment only for records requests, vin inspections, dog tags, bike licenses, sex offender registration, and property/evidence release. Records and registration forms are available online at https://www.canoncity.org/272/Records-Unit

To schedule an appointment, call 719-276-5600 and select option 1.

When you come to the Police Department, you will need to be wearing a mask prior to entering the building. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be allowed to enter the building.

Water
The Water Department business office is closed to the public but the actual water department and bulk water station are still operational. Customers needing to add money to their account can do so by calling the Water Distribution Office at (719) 269-9033.

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

If you have any questions please call us at (719) 269-9011 so we can answer you in a safe and prompt manner. Please wear your mask when approaching City staff. This is for the safety of our citizens and our staff, so that we may continue to offer services during this time of physical distancing and Safer-at-Home phase.

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.
  • All vulnerable individuals currently living within the State of Colorado are ordered to Stay at Home whenever possible.  
  • 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 6 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 conditionslike:
    • 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.

How do I get tested?

Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has received additional testing supplies and is now able to expand testing capacity of Fremont County. Drive-thru testing is open to anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (as determined by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) by appointment only. Testing occurs each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30 am. Individuals may call FCDPHE at 719-276-7450 to schedule an appointment. 

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).