Fremont County Department of Public Heath and Environment (FCDPHE) and the City of Cañon City want to remind the public that downtown or community events that will attract 10 or more people to a specific location are prohibited at this time. As a community we need to follow the Safer at Home Executive Order which “Prohibit public gatherings of ten (10) persons or more in both public spaces and private commercial venues” and “Order Coloradans to limit: i. Social interactions to the greatest extent possible except as required to conduct Necessary Activities; and ii. Essential Travel to within their county of residence or employment as much as possible and recreational travel to no further than ten (10) miles from their residence.” There will be heavy law enforcement presence this Friday night to discourage cruising and other non-essential activities. Penalties for violating the executive and public health order could lead to criminal offences or business losing their licenses to operate.
While we want to support our local businesses, any events like Cruise Nights and First Friday are discouraged at this time. Supporting our businesses should not be a one night a week event. Our businesses need community support drawn out over a long period of time. One way to support our local businesses is through the 3/50 program. Pick three (3) of your favorite businesses and spend fifty (50) dollars in their physical or online stores. This helps keep local businesses around.
Public health officials are still trying to manage COVID-19 cases and keep Fremont County’s numbers down. As part of a local and regional effort to apply for variances and looser restrictions we must abide by all state orders. In addition, as what we do as a community can affect our neighboring counties and overwhelm the healthcare systems that serve our region, counties applying for variances must:
- submit a written application to CDPHE certifying that the county has low case counts and/or can document 14 consecutive days of decline in COVID-19 cases reported in the county.
- The application must include a COVID-19 suppression plan approved by the appropriate local public health authority, all hospitals within the county (unless no hospitals are located in the county) and a majority of county commissioners (or other county-level governing body).
- CDPHE shall review and approve a county-specific COVID-19 suppression plan that meets the department’s public health standards. CDPHE shall not provide COVID-19 preparedness grant funding to any county that implements measures that are less restrictive than the standards contained in state orders without first obtaining approval from CDPHE.
We are encouraging the public to be responsible and do the right thing so we can move forward with fewer restrictions and apply for local variances rather than have stronger restrictions placed upon us. We don’t want to see one organization or event ruin the opportunity for all of our community and our neighboring communities. If we see a spike in cases we may have to go back to a Stay-at-Home order.