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Press Release, March 13: City Declares State of Emergency, Announces Next Steps of COVID-19 Preparation and Response

Today, Arvada City Manager Mark Deven declared a State of Emergency. The declaration gives the City the flexibility it needs to more quickly acquire and apply resources to support residents and partners as the City responds to the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The emergency declaration must be reviewed by the Arvada City Council within seven days.

In addition to the State of Emergency declaration, the City of Arvada continues actions to help limit the spread of the disease and prepare for impacts to the community. 

In line with county, state and federal guidelines and recommendations, and in an abundance of caution, the City will postpone, suspend or cancel non-essential City events, community gatherings, and engagements involving more than 250 people, and in many cases, those with fewer than 250 people, until May 4. During this period, the City will monitor developments with COVID-19 and will adjust this response as appropriate.

Meetings, events and services included in this decision, include but are not limited to:

  • Cancellation of the Arvada Kite Festival.
  • Suspension of passport services.
  • Suspension of neighborhood meetings occurring at City facilities
  • Pausing approval of permits for special events occurring prior to April 30.

In addition, the March 16 Arvada City Council is canceled. Items slated for the related agenda will be rescheduled for consideration at a future date. The next regular Council business meeting is scheduled for April 6. The City Council workshop scheduled for March 23 will include a short business meeting to accommodate pending Consent Agenda items, and will be limited to councilmembers and relevant City team members. The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast channels 8 and 880 and will be streamed on

The March 17 Planning Commission meeting has also been canceled, and agenda items will be rescheduled for consideration at a future date.

The City will post updated information regarding cancellations and postponements at  

Since January, the City has prepared by sharing infection prevention with the community and with City team members, providing additional training to employees, ensuring adequate supplies of safety materials and updating continuity of service plans to able to scale and adjust to continue to deliver services to the Arvada community.

The City strongly recommends that residents follow Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommendations to protect themselves from any respiratory infection and help control community spread:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash hands.
  • Avoid touching the face including your eyes, nose and mouth. Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms, and if sick, stay home and away from public places.
  • Get a flu shot if they have not yet received one.

For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at and the Center for Disease Control at