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Posted on: May 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] May 29 message to the community from City Administrator Fritz Sprague

Community Message

Dear Lafayette Community –

I hope this message finds you all safe, sound, and healthy.

If there’s one thing that remains constant in this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that nothing remains constant. But I suppose that’s been our reality since March. In May we transitioned into the State’s Safer-at-Home Phase, saw the Boulder County’s Face Covering Order extend through June 30, and supported City Council’s enactment of a Lafayette-specific Face Covering Order for visitors inside businesses. These steps have shown Colorado is making progress in battling the COVID virus, but also that continued persistence is needed in order to ensure the health of our residents and to allow us to participate in regular activities.  

COVID-19 testing availability
Colorado now has the capacity to test all people with COVID-19 symptoms, as well as to expand surveillance testing. This was an important milestone in order to begin relaxing of some the State’s social restrictions. Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) has posted an online map of local testing sites. Clinica Family Health, located right here in Lafayette, offers testing for the general public experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.

Relaxing of statewide regulations
The good news we’re seeing is that COVID hospitalizations have declined since mid-April. State epidemiologists have determined each person with the virus is now spreading it to only one or fewer people, which is down from three to four previously.  Social distancing, hand washing, and face coverings are having a positive effect! The goal of allowing commerce to slowly return is to support our workforce and local businesses, while protecting our health and avoiding a surge of the virus.

Restaurants allowed to open
Restaurants are now allowed to open for in-person dining at a 50% capacity or a maximum of 50 diners, whichever is less. A thorough list of additional State restrictions and guidelines are in place to help ensure diners and employees are kept safe and feel protected.

The City is also working with local restaurants to help ease this transition by relaxing premise restrictions and waiving fees. The City and Chamber of Commerce are continuing to maintain a list of Lafayette businesses and their service offerings. I encourage Lafayette residents to do what you can to help patronize our businesses who are striving to operate under these limiting circumstances.

What is happening at the City level?
The City is cautiously looking at what reopening and recovery phases look like for both residents and employees. We are following direction from the state and county health departments and evaluating the risks and benefits associated with resuming activities.

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.

Look for these City activities to begin resuming throughout the month of June
(program participants will follow strict guidelines including social distancing, limited group sizes, and face coverings)

  • Small group, outdoor education and fitness classes for youth and adults (info and dates coming soon)
  • Drive-in movies in the Recreation Center parking lot (info coming soon)
  • Curbside book pick-up at the Library - by appointment only beginning June 1
  • Free face covering pick-up at the Library – starting June 1
  • The Online Library Summer Reading Program begins June 1 (all ages!)
  • Lafayette Farmers Market curbside pick-up; by appointment Thursdays on Simpson St. (start date tbd)
  • Lafayette Skatepark, disc golf course, Great Bark Dog Park, Indian Peaks Golf Course, tennis courts (now open)

These facilities, amenities, and activities continue to remain closed to the public

  • City Hall – all services available online or via phone
  • Library
  • Recreation Center
  • Senior Center
  • Collective Community Arts Center
  • Police Department lobby
  • Lafayette Municipal Court
  • Park shelters, picnic areas, basketball courts, and playgrounds
  • Great Outdoors Waterpark - will not open for the 2020 season
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Waneka Lake - canceled
  • Art Night Out – all monthly events canceled for the 2020 season

Sign up for notifications
Want to stay up-to-date with City re-openings and activities? Be sure you’re signed up for City News and City Event notifications – go to cityoflafayette.com/NotifyMe to select the items you’re interested in, or watch for activities to be added to the online City Calendar cityoflafayette.com/Events.

We’re looking for your input
The City would like to better understand your anticipated level of engagement as business, activities, and events resume.  Please follow this link to complete our survey. Your responses will help us as we plan for future services.

The need to remain attentive and prepared
Coloradan’s time spent at home due to COVID was highest in early April and has been steadily decreasing since. Too much relaxation of physical social distancing practices could lead to a surge in sick people and the potential overload of hospital capacity. The CDPHE encourages everyone to continue staying at home as much as possible. This is especially important for those aged 60 and over as nine out of 10 COVID deaths occur within this age group.

Face coverings continue to be required whenever you’re in public and unable to maintain six-foot social distancing. Even if you anticipate being able to distance yourself, you should carry a mask. Lafayette requires anyone entering a business to wear a face covering. Learn more at cityoflafayette.com/CoverForUs . Remember that individuals with a disability or medical condition, for whom a face covering would cause impairment, and children under the age of 13 are exempt from wearing face coverings.

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 cityoflafayette.com/COVID-19 for a wealth of available information.  

It is imperative for all of us to continue following the public health orders, maintain social distancing, wear a face covering while out in public, frequently wash hands, 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.

In health,

Fritz Sprague

Lafayette City Administrator 

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