Message from the Mayor - May 8

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May 8, 2020  

Dear Residents and Businesses of Greenwood Village,

The Stay-at-Home Order has accomplished just what we wanted - slowed the spread of the virus; and bought us time to build health care capacity; acquire masks, gloves, and ventilators; and to grow testing capacity.  I am very proud of the residents and businesses of Greenwood Village who were compliant with the Order. 

As we transition into the Safer at Home phase, we are not back to normal, but we will get through this together. Even though we have begun to open our businesses and people can return to work in a modified and restricted setting; the virus will remain with us until we develop a vaccine.  It is critical that we all take the recommended precautions and practice social distancing in the weeks and months ahead.

Please continue to stay home as much as possible, wear face masks when out, and limit your direct exposure to people outside your household.  It’s unfortunate but it is estimated that many more people will be exposed and fall ill to COVID-19.  We are in this for the long haul so please take this new phase seriously. 

Monitor your health. If you have a Fever Or Cough OR Sore Throat OR Shortness of Breath, please stay home to protect others. You might have COVID-19.  You may not have symptoms but you could still have COVID-19.  There is a wealth of helpful COVID-19 information that will be published in the May Newsletter that you will receive next week.  You may also visit our Website or please call us if you need anything at 303-773-0252. 

Governor’s Safer at Home Order Begins in Greenwood Village/Arapahoe County on Saturday, May 9
Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) will allow their Stay at Home order to expire May 8 at midnight for Adams and Arapahoe counties which includes Greenwood Village.  With that expiration, each of Tri-County Health Department’s counties--Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties-- will be under the State’s current Safer at Home order. The Safer at Home Order is set to expire 30 days from April 27 but can be amended or extended at any time.

Governor Polis’ “Safer at Home” order calls for a gradual reopening of businesses throughout the state. Retail businesses can offer curbside service and/or open if they are implementing best practices.  Salons and other personal services can re-open with strict protocols. Restaurants, bars and venues will remain closed except for takeout and delivery.  The vulnerable population must stay home and no group gatherings over 10 people.  K-12 schools will be closed the remainder of the year, and nightclubs, gyms, and spas remain closed.  Critical businesses may remain open with strict precautions. 

Wear a Non-Medical Cloth Face Mask 
Please be reminded to wear a non-medical cloth face mask while out in public or when you leave your house for necessary activities, or at your place of business when you are working with other people or customers.  Scarves, ski buffs, and bandanas will work as face masks.  

Greenwood Village Day Canceled
The City Council, City Manager and I have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and Tri-County Health Department’s Orders to help us understand the ramifications to our July 25th Greenwood Village Days celebration. With the number of unknowns and the need to protect the health of our residents and staff, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the event. 

Go Greenwood To Go 
I appreciate our residents’ commitment to support our local businesses and restaurants during this time. Restaurants remain closed as part of the new Safer at Home Order.  They may continue to provide curbside pickup or delivery but will need our help to survive.  To make it convenient for you, please visit our Website for a list of restaurants that are offering delivery, pick up and curbside service.  

Access to Village Facilities Continue to be Limited to Employees Only 
Access to City facilities are limited to only employees until May 30. This includes, but is not limited to, public business and activities at City Hall (including Municipal Court), Maintenance Facility, and the Curtis Center for the Arts.

Parks Trails and Recreation are Offering Online Programs and Classes 
All series art classes scheduled to start in May are canceled. Full refunds will be given to students who are enrolled in any of the adult and youth art classes taking place during this time. The Cultural Arts Program is offering online art classes. These classes are a mix of pre-recorded instruction and live, online classes. Some classes require registration. For more information, please call the Curtis Center for the Arts at 303-797-1779 or check the Website.

The Recreation staff is hosting an online activity, Recreate in May, on Facebook, every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. The activities are geared toward the 4 - 12-year-old age group. The only equipment needed this month is chalk. Visit the Village’s Facebook page. Participants are eligible to win a prize.

Police Department Community Events Canceled 
The following Police events scheduled for May and June have been canceled - Metro Public Safety event, Active Threat Response Seminar and Youth Academy.  

City Website as a Great Resource 
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the designated COVID-19 pages on the Village’s Website, I encourage you to do so.  Staff has done a great job compiling information geared for residents and businesses.  The site is constantly being updated as new information is released.  I encourage you to make it one of your favorite bookmarks online –Greenwood Village COVID-19.

Stay healthy.

SignatureMayor George Lantz