In response to Colorado's rising COVID-19 incidence rates, on July 16, Governor Polis announced a mask mandate. On July 24, Jefferson County Public Health, citing an increase in Jefferson County COVID-19 incidence rates, announced a similar but stricter mandate cautioning residents that Jefferson County is at risk of losing the variances that had allowed the easing of restrictions earlier in the pandemic. The City of Arvada continues to urge residents, businesses and visitors to follow the mandates set out by the state and local public health agencies, including the wearing of masks or face coverings whenever you are out of the house and following physical distancing guidelines standing at least six feet from other people.
History has shown that communities with strong social connections are better equipped to recover from a major crisis. Now, more than ever, it’s important to focus on strengthening social ties and a united sense of community while remaining physically distant to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Our challenge to you - how will you stay connected to your neighbors and nurture relationships between neighbors while being physically distant? Get creative! Here's a few ideas to get you started.
- Collect your neighbors' contact information using our Talent Bank tool to start a phone tree or group text chain
- Front yard zumba classes
- Window art scavenger hunts
- Virtual neighborhood game nights
- Physically distant porch or driveway happy hours
- Neighborhood zoofari
Arvada is a city of great neighbors. We want to celebrate your creativity and dedication to continuing these strong social ties, and coming together as a community! Enjoy a compilation of photos showing that #WeCanDoThisArvada. Want to show how you and your neighbors are staying connected? Tag @CityofArvadaGovernment on Facebook, @CityofArvada on Instagram and Twitter and use #WeCanDoThisArvada. You can also share your ideas and photos at Speak Up Arvada.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has steps you can take to protect yourself from any respiratory infection and help control community spread:
- Following physical distancing guidelines by avoiding groups and standing at least six feet from other people.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home except for essential activites. If you are sick, just stay home.
- Wear masks or face coverings (scarves, t-shirts, bandanas) whenever you are out of the house.