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Dear Lafayette Community –
I hope this message finds you all safe, sound, and healthy.
As of May 9 we will officially transition into the State of Colorado’s Safer-at-Home Phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that Coloradans did a good job following the Stay-at-Home order and managing the virus spread, but there is still work to do under the Safer-at-Home phase.
Boulder County Face Covering order
Because this virus is still present in Colorado, and can re-surge at any time, Boulder County Public Health has put in place the Boulder County Face Covering Order that protects residents over and above the State’s Stay-at-Home Order. This Face Covering Order, which goes into effect on May 9, requires everyone in Boulder County to wear a face covering whenever they are outside their residence and unable to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from non-household members. Face coverings are intended to be part of a larger strategy, which includes social distancing and hand washing, to minimize the COVID-19 spread. In the end, this additional protection will help safeguard vulnerable people, and reduce the risk of overburdening the health care system. Visit our website to learn how you can use basic household materials to make your own face covering: https://www.cityoflafayette.com/2536/Cover-for-Us
What does “Safer-at-Home” mean for you?
Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home to the greatest extent possible. Critical businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions. At-risk individuals, such as people 65 and older, should continue to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Read the State’s Safer-at-Home FAQs for additional direction.
These types of businesses are allowed to re-open on May 9:
- Non-critical retail such as clothing, home goods, cell phone (with 50% employees and 6-foot social distancing)
- Personal services such as hair/nail salon, tattoo, pet groomer and personal trainers (with 10 or fewer people in a location or a maximum of 50% occupancy, whichever is less; by appointment only, no walk-ins; strict requirements about PPE and distancing)
- Non-critical offices (with 50% employees)
- Field services such as in-person real-estate showings
- Limited healthcare (with 10 or fewer people in a single location or a maximum of 50% occupancy, whichever is less; by appointment only, no walk-ins)
- Post-secondary education
These types of businesses must still remain closed:
- Sit-down service in restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and other places of public accommodation
- Gyms, and yoga & fitness studios
- Outdoor facilities such as children’s playgrounds & swimming pools
- Recreation centers and libraries
- Movie theaters & live-performance theaters
- Concert venues & sports arenas
- Shopping malls (except for stores that have public entrances/exits to the outside)
What is the City doing in light of the Safer-at-Home transition?
The City is cautiously looking at what reopening and recovery phases look like for both residents and employees. We are evaluating the risks and rewards associated with re-opening facilities and resuming activities and the direction coming from the state and county health departments. For each of these steps, the health, safety, and well-being of our residents and employees will be the main priority driving our decisions. Staff is looking at how operations may need to run differently under a new normal. All City facilities, such as City Hall, Library and Recreation Center, continue to be closed to the public at this time.
Lafayette park and park amenity re-opening on May 9
- Great Bark Dog Park
- Tennis courts
- Disc golf course
The uncertainty surrounding this epidemic and our abundance of caution has compelled us to make difficult decisions to cancel some summer events. We will continue to follow the health department’s recommendation to restrict group gatherings. Large special events require a significant amount of dedicated staff time for planning, but also from our Police and Fire Departments, which is not reasonable to offer under current COVID circumstances. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our community and minimizing the potential spread of the COVID virus.
Summer cancellations and closures
- Art Night Out (all events May through September)
- 4th of July Celebration at Waneka Lake (July)
- Kids Public Safety Day (July)
- Great Outdoors Waterpark (will not open for the 2020 season)
Small business support
Last month the City, in collaboration with the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA), launched the Lafayette COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. This program was developed to support Lafayette small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We awarded $433,000 to 60 businesses who met all of the program criteria. LURA and the City were pleased to have been able to make a positive impact on our local economy with the limited funds available for this program.
I encourage Lafayette residents to do what you can to help patronize our businesses who are striving to operate under these limiting circumstances. Visit this list of Lafayette businesses offering Pick-up, Delivery and Online Services for inspiration.
As I keep mentioning, we are in a very fluid and changing situation. Residents should be prepared for state and local public health orders to be extended, amended, or changed as needed to protect public health. Know that the City is committed to being accessible to residents and providing you with up-to-date information and resources – visit www.cityoflafayette.com/COVID-19 for a wealth of available information. It is so important right now for all of us to follow the public health requirement to stay safer at home when possible, maintain social distancing, wear a face mask while out in public, and limit exposure to others. This will keep our community safe and ultimately minimize the duration of this epidemic and the disruption to our daily lives.
In all of this, know that your City is here for you.
Lafayette City Administrator