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Coronavirus-related closings in southern Colorado

Coronavirus Closings and Delays
Posted at 11:06 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 09:54:36-04

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Governor Polis said that effective immediately, a 30-day temporary suspension of all dine-in services at restaurants and bars in Colorado is in effect. Take-out dining and to-go orders are not affected. Polis also said large places of gatherings, such as gyms and casinos will be shut down under the 30-day suspension. The order could be renewed in 30 days.

Events

  • Colorado Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade postponed until September
  • The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center have suspended all events through April 13, 2020. The venues ask ticket purchasers to hold on to their tickets while they work to reschedule those events.

Schools and School Districts
All public school districts in El Paso County and Teller County will close for an extended Spring Break from March 16 to 27. This includes a cancellation of all athletic activities and practices. For specific information on a district, please visit their website.

Pueblo County District 70 announced the school will switch to remote learning starting the week of April 6. The district originally aimed for a March 30 return date but "after official statements and guidance from the Governor of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment," they are moving into a remote-learning plan.

Children's Hospital Colorado temporarily closing

Children's Hospital Colorado will be temporarily closing several locations in response to COVID-19 in Colorado effective until April 5. The locations are as follows:

-- Outpatient and Urgent Care at Uptown (1830 Franklin St., Denver)
-- Outpatient and Urgent Care, Wheat Ridge (3455 Lutheran Parkway, Suite 230)
-- Orthopedic Care, Centennial (9094 East Mineral Ave., Suite 110)
-- Therapy Care, Broomfield (8401 Arista Place)
-- Therapy Care, Highlands Ranch (9139 South Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 100)
-- Therapy Care, Parker (19284 Cottonwood Dr., Suite 101)
-- Therapy Care, Printer’s Park Medical Plaza (175 South Union Blvd., Suite 255)
-- Therapy Care, Pueblo (704 Fortino Blvd., Suite A)

Traffic

Rest areas north of Pueblo whill be closed due to the lack of running water for users to wash their hands. The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed both I-25 Pinon rest areas with no estimated time of re-opening.

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Colorado - Colorado Springs will be remote working and learning for the rest of the semester. The in-person spring commencement ceremony is canceled. Athletic events are canceled for the remainder of the academic year. Only employees required to maintain campus safety and residential operations will continue to report to campus.
  • Colorado College extended Spring Break from March 16 to 29. Distance learning only classes start back up on March 30.
  • Pikes Peak Community College extended Spring Break from March 16 to 29. Further communication on distance learning only classes anticipated at a later date.
  • Colorado State University Pueblo is suspending all face-to-face communication from March 16 to May 1. All classes will move to online or distance learning formats.
  • Pueblo Community College is extending spring break from March 16 to 29. Most courses will shift to distance learning on March 30.
  • IntelliTec College - Beginning March 17, students will not be required to attend classes at all IntelliTec College locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

Libraries

  • Pueblo City-County Library District has closed all locations to the public beginning at 6 p.m. March 13 until Monday, March 30. Library events and classes will be suspended and meeting rooms closed until April 15.
  • Pikes Peak Library District has canceled all public programs, as well as meeting and study room reservations, effective March 16 until further notice.

Religious Organizations

  • The three Catholic dioceses in Colorado — Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo — have decided to cancel all public Masses, effective immediately.
  • New Life Church is switching to online-only services throughout the weekend of March 13
  • Fellowship of the Rockies - Colorado Springs and Fountain Campus will not be having public worship services or Wednesday evening activities for at least the next two weeks. Instead, worship services will be broadcast online Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Redemption Hill Church is switching to streamlined only services for March 15 and March 22. All weekday activities are canceled both weeks.
  • Pueblo First United Methodist Church closed from March 13 to April 4 for all services and activities

City and County Government

  • All Pueblo County recreational facilities closed as of March 13
  • Pueblo County Assessor's Office closing on March 16
  • Pueblo Library District is suspending all programs, classes, events, and outreach activities beginning March 13 thru April 15.
  • The 4th Judicial District in El Paso and Teller counties will be operating on an emergency basis. If you are summoned for jury service and are experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath, headaches), flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, please do not report for jury service.
  • El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has announced temporary closures of all branch locations and suspension of Motor Vehicle, Driver’s License and Elections public facing services. The Recording Department at Citizens Service Center will offer very limited services. Marriage licenses can be obtained via appointment to couples only, family and friends will be prohibited. Other recording services are available; however, it is strongly advised citizens mail documents that need to be recorded or deposit them into the external drop box on the building’s east side. Access to buildings and in-person services will be reduced beginning March 18.

Colorado Government

  • Department of Corrections has suspended all visitations for all facilities. Officials are evaluating options for video visits and expanded telephone conversations. Legal visits will now be non-contact visits. Parolees who are sick, immune compromised, over 60, and/or considered to be at higher risk of infection will not be required to come into the parole office, but will still be required to maintain contact with their parole officer.
  • The Colorado legislature plans to adjourn for two weeks starting Sunday until March 30 over coronavirus concerns, lawmakers announced Friday afternoon.

Parks and Recreation

  • All youth and adult recreation programs and activities will be suspended until April 6.
  • The City Auditorium is closed until further notice.
  • Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain remains open to online reservations only. Visitors will not be able to pay via credit card or cash at the gate. Staff will encourage social distancing to all guests.
  • Sertich Ice Center is suspending all public programming beginning March 16 thru April 6
  • The Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park community centers are closed until further notice
  • The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is closed until further notice.
  • The Pioneers Museum is closed until further notice.
  • Facilities will undergo additional deep cleanings during the closures. For facilities that remain open, which includes but is not limited to parks, trails, and open spaces, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and personal hygiene practices and should stay home if they feel sick.
  • YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is closing from March 17 to April 18, offering critical child care. The Colorado Springs Senior Center will be closed through March 29
  • Bear Creek Nature Center temporarily closed to public until at least April 6. Trails will still be available.
  • Fountain Creek Nature Center is temporarily closed to public access until April 6. This time frame could be extended. The trails are still open to the public. All public programs until April 6 are canceled.
  • Manitou Incline is closed until further notice

Entertainment

  • Great Wolf Lodge is closing all resorts, including in Colorado Springs, effective Sunday, March 15. They expect to reopen April 2.
  • The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is closed temporarily and plans to reopen April 1

Military

Military Installations

Medical

  • UCHealth has adapted their hospital visitation policy to protect patients, visitors and staff. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. The restrictions are in place at Memorial Central, Memorial North, Grandview Hospital and at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Teller county.
  • Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo in no longer allowing children as visitors to the facility. Patients are allowed only one visitor in a 24-hour period. If visitors present symptoms of cold or flu, they will not be allowed in the hospital, regardless of age
  • Nursing Homes: If you wish to visit a loved one in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, you are advised to call ahead to find out if visitation is allowed.
  • St Mary Corwin Medical Center is not allowing visitors at this time. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
  • Children's Hospital Colorado is closing select locations to consolidate clinical services and limiting appointments and elective procedures/surgeries and diagnostic radiological studies. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Federal Prisons

  • Due to concerns about COVID-19, the Bureau of Prisons has suspended all visits

Utility/Electric Companies
Pueblo Water is closing its offices to the public until further notice. All residential and commercial customer service will be handled via the phone, online, or through the drive-thru at the Alan C Hamel Administration building at 319 W 4th Street. Water bills may by paid via:

  • Drive Thru at 319 W. 4th Street
  • Drop Box located in the 3rd lane of the drive thru
  • Drop Box located near Pueblo Bank & Trust, off 5th Street
  • Automated Telephone System 719-584-0250, Option 1
  • Online Bill Pay link by visiting www.pueblowater.org.

Fountain Utilities will not disconnect services or assess late fees while the community responds to COVID-19. All non-emergency service requests have been suspended until further notice. Customers are encouraged to utilize digital services during this time. If digital services are not accessible, the drive-thru located at the Fountain Utilities Customer Service Center (101 N. Main Street, Fountain, CO) will remain open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-5:00pm. Customers may also utilize the payment drop box located at the Customer Service Center, Safeway on Mesa Ridge Parkway, or Wal-Mart on Highway 85. PayNearMe® cash-payment services are available at Family Dollar and 7-Eleven stores nationwide.
San Isabel Electric is suspending disconnects and delinquent fees until further notice. Members are encouraged to continue making payments if they can. Black Hills Energy is temporarily suspending nonpayment disconnections for members. You can still make payments outside the Pueblo Service Center and online.

King Soopers announced on March 14 that they will be temporally reducing the hours they will stay open at all its stores amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado. Starting Sunday, all locations will temporarily shift their service hours from 5 a.m. to midnight to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Kroger-owned grocer said the temporary reduction in hours will allow workers to focus on restocking shelves.