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 in Fremont County and with the State. 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 going outside except for for essential needs and/or services, 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

Updated Executive State Orders

* If your business is considered critical in the “Stay At Home Order”, restaurants, grocery stores, etc., employees must wear masks/face coverings when working in close proximity to the public or other employees. 

Updated Colorado Public Health Safer at Home Order 20-28 (April 26, 2020)

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 guidelines and executive order from the Governor. For information on what that entails visit our Safer-at-Home webpage

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings will be held via teleconference. Instructions on how to join each individual meeting will be posted on the meeting and events calendar.

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 closed to the public but will offer curbside service. You can call the library during business hours of 10am–5pm Monday–Friday; no Saturday hours yet. People will be able to put items on hold via their account or they can call and ask the library to pull the books for them 719-269-9020. When pulling into the parking lot to pick up book you will have to call the library and a staff member will bring your books to you, already checked out and in a bag.

They will also continue to host virtual storytime on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am on their 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 following will be closed to the public until further notice: parks department building, playgrounds, splash pads, skate parks, restrooms, campgrounds, pavilions and picnic shelter areas. Open space areas and trails are to remain open as long as the public respects physical distancing of six (6) feet. If there is overcrowding of these city owned areas we will need to reassess the situation for everyone’s safety.

Tennis courts at Centennial Park and Rudd Park are open. The following rules must be followed: 

  • There can be no more than 10-people on the courts at a time. Only singles play will be allowed, no doubles play. 
  • You must maintain social distancing guidelines. 
  • When serving you must serve the balls that you brought with you. 
  • The use of masks is preferred, and we ask that you use a glove to open and close gates.

When playing at the courts you must follow the rules or risk having them closed until further notice. We are doing everything we can to offer recreation opportunities, but we need your cooperation. A list of rules will be posted at all courts.

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!

Life Jackets Required at Whitewater Park Notice

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 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.

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. 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 Mondays from 1:00-3:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30 am. Individuals may call FCDPHE at 719-276-7450 to schedule an appointment. For more information, please view the FCDPHE press release.

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).