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Celebrating Halloween this year doesn’t have to mean crying into an empty treat bag! The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges this year for any tradition that brings people together, but it’s important we find ways to honor these traditions while being careful to keep everyone safe. Halloween brings such joy to so many children, we wanted to offer a few “tricks” so your Halloween can still be a “treat”.
Halloween is the perfect opportunity to wear a mask! But be aware that Halloween costume masks are not a substitute for a cloth mask unless they are made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face. Choose a costume that incorporates an appropriate mask, or decorate your mask to go with your costume (think whiskers, or a ghoulish grin).
For many, Halloween just isn’t the same without trick-or-treating. While walking home-to-home in random neighborhoods a little risky right now, it’s nothing a little creativity can’t get around. Children’s Hospital Colorado has some great out-of-the-box ideas for safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating. You can organize a “Trunk-or-Treat” if your child attends school or is sticking to socializing with a small group. Everyone can gather in a parking lot and the children go from car to car to collect candy while maintaining social distance. Another idea is to communicate with the neighborhood and have everyone put candy in individual containers such as paper cups or plastic bags, then line them up on the sidewalk or porch for the children to safely take. Whatever method you choose, plan a hands-off period of 48 to 72 hours before allowing your child (or you!) to dig in to the goodies. Studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive up to three days on some surfaces, which is an eternity for eager little trick-or-treaters. Consider having a small stash of candy on hand purchased in advance for kids to enjoy while they wait. And don’t forget to wash hands frequently, especially after handling candy or touching any foreign surfaces. Bring hand sanitizer along to use as you go.
But trick-or-treating is not the only way to celebrate Halloween. The CDPHE offers tips for alternative ways to celebrate based on where each community sits on the Colorado Dial Framework. As of now, Jefferson County is at Safer at Home Level 2: Concern. Here are a few ideas for celebrating safely from the CDPHE:
- Throw a neighborhood face-mask decorating party, with guests limited to 10.
- Go to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest, pumpkin patch, or corn maze.
- Have an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family and friends, with people wearing masks and spaced at least 6 feet apart. If screaming is likely (it is Halloween after all!), we advise greater distancing.
Regardless of a community’s level on the dial dashboard, people should not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy, if they:
- Are sick, especially with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are currently in the quarantine period.
- Have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in the isolation period.
- People at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should think about the risks and benefits of activities they are considering.
Below are resources with lots of tips for safely enjoying the holiday. However you choose to celebrate, we wish you and your family a fun and safe Halloween.
The Golden Fire Department (GFD), in coordination with the City Manager, is issuing temporary Stage 2 fire restrictions for the City of Golden, effective at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. This is in alignment with restrictions already in place for Jefferson County.
Golden Fire has responded to numerous reports of outside (recreational) fires in the past few weeks. In light of the fact that we are expecting red flag weather this weekend, GFD believes the extra precautions are necessary to ensure safety and eliminate confusion between county and city restrictions.
Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following activities are prohibited: Building, maintaining, attending or using any outdoor fire including recreational fire on private property outside of the exemptions noted, and any public property as determined by administrative rule of the City Manager. This includes chimineas and fire pits of any kind.
Exemptions under this Stage 2 fire ban include:
- Use of liquid or gas fueled appliances
- Approved and enclosed wood pellet grills
- Charcoal barbeque grills not closer than 30 feet from an undeveloped area
- GFD requires that all contractors and/or work performed within the City that may include Hot Work Permits or other activities that may produce sparks or flames during work, must contact GFD for special permits and approval.
- Open fires or open burning by any federal, state, or local officer in the performance of official live fire training or suppression functions.
Failure to comply with the restrictions of this temporary Stage 2 fire ban is a violation of Section 110.1 of the Fire Code (Section 16.04.055 of the Golden Municipal Code). Violations are punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,650 or imprisonment for a period of not more than six months in jail, or by both fine and imprisonment, if convicted.
These temporary fire ban restrictions shall remain in effect until superseded or rescinded by order of the Fire Chief.
An inclusive and welcoming Golden
City facilities are now open by appointment only, Tuesday through Thursday. Please use the following contact list to speak with, or make an appointment with, the City Department you need. Masks are required to enter city facilities, and we ask that only the people with appointments come inside. We will continue to provide timely and quality service.
Please dial 9-1-1 to report an emergency.
All other Police reporting needs should go to the non-emergency number, 303-384-8045.
PD Non-emergency email: email@example.com
- City Manager’s Office: 303-384-8011 AMansfield@cityofgolden.net
- Utility Billing: 303-384-8026 UtilityBilling@cityofgolden.net
- Sales Tax: 303-384-8024 SalesTax@cityofgolden.net
- City Clerk: 303-384-8014 Clerks@cityofgolden.net
- Human Resources: 303-215-8891 HR@Cityofgolden.net
- Parks and Recreation: 303-384-8191 ParksAndRec@cityofgolden.net
- Public Works: PublicWorks@cityofgolden.net
- Planning Dept: Planning@cityofgolden.net
- Building Dept: 303-384-8151 Building@cityofgolden.net
- Municipal Court: 303-384-8006 Court@cityofgolden.net
- Code Enforcement: 303-384-8045 CodeEnforcement@cityofgolden.net
- Police Reports/Records: 303-384-8045 PDRecords@cityofgolden.net
- Fire Department: 303-384-8093 DTestroet@cityofgolden.net
- Community Relations: 303-384-8132 Communications@cityofgolden.net
- General City Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For information about the City's ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, please visit www.guidinggolden.com/covid-19.
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Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair.