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COVID-19: Recovery

Governor Polis has extended the statewide mask mandate Through Oct. 12 but may be extended further. Jefferson County Public Health's mask mandate is in place until further notice. 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.

The City of Arvada continues the process of reopening City facilities to in-person services while prioritizing the health and safety of the Arvada community and members of the City team. The City continues to provide most services remotely, and residents are encouraged to access online or remote services whenever possible. Residents are encouraged to review City services updates at arvada.org/services-update or call the City of Arvada at 720-898-7000 during business hours to confirm that a service is open and available. Please note: This information applies to City buildings, not to businesses in Arvada, which are encouraged to follow state and local health orders

Planning for Recovery Now

From the start of the City of Arvada's response to the COVID-19 health crisis, planning for recovery has been an important piece. A Recovery Team was established early on, and now the City is beginning first phases of recovery including the phased re-engagement of in-person services. This page is a resource for tracking the City's work in recovering from the health and economic challenges associated with COVID-19.

Our Principles for Recovery

The City's approach supports the state's recovery objectives, including: 

  • Work to suppress the virus 
  • Increase ability to conduct testing and containment
  • Help protect those most at risk for COVID-19
  • Support the healthcare system's ability to handle increased demand
  • Support social distancing policies that allow for economic growth and stability
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of policies and their impact

The City has identified specific principles to guide resuming in-person services and achieving long-term recovery:

  • The health, safety and well-being of our community and employees remains our top priority.
  • The economic recovery of our community and organization is essential to long-term recovery.
  • We will reopen facilities in phases and with extreme caution and care while acknowledging the risks.  
  • We are nimble and flexible in our planning and decision making as we respond to evolving circumstances.
  • We are committed to working collaboratively and remaining aligned as a team in our recovery efforts.
  • We will continue to follow the advice of state and local health experts regarding physical distancing and other guidelines.
  • We will continue to involve the community in the recovery process, including seeking to understand varying comfort levels and abilities to embrace changes to physical distancing and activities.

Approach to Re-opening City Facilities to the Public

We will continue to follow state and county health guidelines as we work to reopen our community. The state will allow a process for local governments to modify state standards based on local conditions. Long-term focus on recovery with short-term flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances. We will be operating in the new normal for an indefinite period. Our objective is to abide by the Governor’s “Safer at Home” scenario (not exceed the 50% onsite workforce level) for offices, while offering in-person services in a phased approach. The City plans to:

  • Take a phased approach to reopening our facilities. We will open to the public only when appropriate measures are taken to mitigate the risk of virus exposure and spread and only when we are in compliance with state and county health guidelines.

  • Review current services and develop a plan for reestablishing all services. Since the City currently offers many services in a remote capacity (development meetings, building permits, video inspections, answering questions via phone and email), we will review those that are not presently being fully offered and create a plan for how to best offer those in the near future prior to opening.

  • Evaluate all spaces in our facilities. Prior to reopening, all facilities will be evaluated and preparations taken to ensure safety and social distancing for each service.

  • Evaluate all outdoor spaces.  All parks and other City recreation facilities will be evaluated to plan for communications, guidelines and actions that align with the State and that can be supported by the team with appropriate health and safety measures.

Stay Informed: City-related Resources

Ask the City

  • Email COVIDresponse@arvada.org
  • Submit a ticket through Ask Arvada

Learn More: Regional and National Resources

Protect Yourself

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.