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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 12: Town adjusting as needed to maintain community safety during COVID-19

Washing hands with soap under faucet; Town of Castle Rock COVID-19 update

As concerns over COVID-19 continue throughout the country and the world, the Town continues to evaluate and adjust its services, programs and events as the best-available information indicates is appropriate.

Town decision-making is completed in close collaboration with the Tri-County Health Department, which is the lead local responder in this incident. Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has a staff member working at the health department to ensure the Town has the most up-to-date information in this rapidly evolving situation.

CRFD last week adjusted its response approach to limit first responders’ exposure to patients with potential respiratory illness. This practice continues, and other Town programs and events are being adjusted, as well:

  • Town facilities – including the Recreation Center and the Miller Activity Complex – are receiving additional disinfection, including with a Clorox machine that uses a cleaning chemical and an electrostatic spray that attracts to all surfaces.
  • The Town is canceling or delaying programs and events as prudent, or hosting meetings online in lieu of in person. Examples include canceling the March 26 Pavement Maintenance Program open house and the annual Citizens’ Police Academy, which had been set to start April 9. Additional plans are likely to change in the coming days and weeks. Visit, or follow the Town on social media @CRgov, for the latest information.
  • The Town is working to enhance capabilities for the public to provide comments on Town Council and other business items online. Additional information will be shared soon, once this new service is up and running.
  • The Town is testing remote-work scenarios with its employees, to ensure as little disruption as possible to public services should it become necessary to close Town facilities. Critical services like Fire and Rescue, Police and Water will continue to be provided as they are today, even if other facilities temporarily close.
  • Town staff is beginning to prepare for potential financial implications arising from this global pandemic. The Town relies heavily on sales tax revenue to fund its operations. As activity slows down and as global finances become more uncertain, a decline in Town revenue is anticipated. Staff will work to contain expenditures to the extent possible while still endeavoring to deliver the levels of service the community has come to expect.

“The Town has solid plans in place for these types of situations, and we’re working hard around-the-clock to ensure our community’s best protection,” said Town Manager David L. Corliss. “The community, in turn, can do its part by following the advised practices to prevent the disease’s spread.”

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