Temporary Fire Restrictions Lifted for Jefferson County
Effective January 13, 2021, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader lifted the temporary fire restriction order for Jefferson County. Residents are encouraged to continue to be vigilant and are reminded to use caution when starting and extinguishing campfires, outdoor cooking, disposing of lighted cigarettes, and conducting other activities that involve the use of fire or sparks. Warm and windy days can quickly lower the fuel moisture content of trees and grasses, making them susceptible to ignition.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to closely monitor the fire danger in the county and make appropriate adjustments to reduce the risk of fires in JeffCo.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
January 7, 2021
Some In-Person Meetings Resume
Effective Jan. 4, Governor Jared Polis has moved Colorado to “Level Orange” restrictions, which allow for in-person meetings with a 25% occupancy rate. As a result, the MA and MD Boards will resume meetings at the Ranch House, with a maximum occupancy of 25 people in the room. Online options for those wishing to participate from the comfort and safety of their own homes will continue to be available. Meeting details, agendas and virtual participation options for the MA, MD Boards and all other Committees are available on our website under the Administration tab.
Ranch House Hours
Beginning Jan. 11, the Ranch House will be open to the public on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or by appointment. Please see the Staff Directory to email and schedule an appointment, or email email@example.com.
Jeffco recently issued an updated Mask Order, which differs from that of the state: the statewide order requires masks indoors whereas Jefferson County Public Health requires wearing a mask or face covering both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor requirement is only in situations where a distance of six (6) feet from individuals who are not members of their household cannot consistently be maintained.
Masks are required for people exercising indoors unless you are in a room with only those from your household. You may remove your mask temporarily if you need to catch your breath or safely perform an activity, but must wear a mask as much as feasible.
Masks should be worn while playing indoor sports unless it interferes with the activity. You may remove the mask temporarily to catch your breath if needed, or if you can’t wear appropriate safety equipment while wearing the mask. Wear a mask as much as feasible.
The current State Order includes relaxation of restrictions for indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. This means the indoor tennis facility can be utilized with reduced capacity as long as users can maintain six-foot physical distancing. In addition, the outdoor courts may be utilized for individual and organized use while maintaining required physical distancing with reduced occupancy. Both indoor and outdoor use discourages shared use of equipment. District staff continues to diligently work to determine how these new guidelines will impact current and future summer programming. Information and updates will be communicated as they become available. Please see our current Tennis Safety Guidelines for utilizing our tennis facilities: https://bit.ly/TennisSafety2020.
Reservations for both indoor and outdoor courts are available online.Reserve a Tennis Court
The Community Center fitness area is getting ready to open for limited use. The requirements for use will include several protocols and operations changes, such as:
- Modified hours of operation
- Reduced capacity to meet required physical distancing
- No locker room or shower access
- Required cleaning of equipment after each use (by user)
- Online pre-registration and pre-payment for use
Playgrounds and Parks
Users are strongly encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and wipes for their own personal use of the playground.
The District’s Before & After school and preschool programs will be in full swing at the Community Center, Dakota Lodge, and Ranch House.
The State order also includes the relaxation of restriction for use of parks. Outdoor facilities such as tennis courts, basketball courts, and fields may be used by up to 25 people at a time per court/field. All permits for use take precedence over drop-in use. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your field use permit.
Shelters remain closed to groups over 10 because of the inability to maintain social distancing. There is no anticipated re-opening of shelters at this time.
Public restrooms are open at Dakota Lodge, the Community Center (tennis), and the Ranch House (south end near pool and playground). Users are strongly encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and wipes for their own personal use of the restrooms and all other park amenities.
- The Disc Golf course will be open. Social distancing is required.
Waste Connections COVID-19 Update
To protect the safety of our Waste Connections drivers, the following changes to our trash service will take place effective 3/27/20:
- All large cardboard must be cut and placed inside a recycling container, trash container or garbage bag. No boxes can be set on the curb. Studies indicate cardboard can hold the COVID-19 virus.
- Household trash will be limited to one filled can (either your personal trash can, or the 96-gallon tote provided by Waste Connections) plus up to three additional bags of trash. (You can leave out one filled can and three bags on the side.) If you have yard waste it must be either in your trash can or in the three extra bags.
- Recycling service will be normal, and they will pick up any recycling inside your regular containers. No extra boxes will be picked up from the curb.
- No bulk items may be placed out, such as mattresses, furniture, etc. This will ensure efficient operations and will protect the safety of the drivers.
- Communities with dumpsters will continue to receive the same service. Please be sure all items are placed inside the dumpster, not beside it.
Thank you for helping keep our drivers safe. This is a temporary change and we will return to regular pick-up after the crisis.
Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District and Master Association are working together to actively monitor information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) that is available to us from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Jefferson County Public Health. We understand the severity of the situation and take our responsibility seriously to assist in the effort to limit the spread of this virus, and others, in our facilities and programs. Updates will be communicated as they become available.
Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this pandemic, please be sure to check back for the latest information and updates.
The following is a list of actions Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District and Master Association are taking to limit the spread of the disease:
- Increased public education about the virus and healthy habits to employees and customers.
- Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of common areas at the Community Center, Ranch House and Dakota Lodge.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures for childcare facilities to include cleaning classroom materials daily and wiping down all frequently touched surfaces including doorknobs; we will be deep cleaning classrooms twice a week moving forward as well as sanitizing buses daily.
- Required assistance from program participants in the Community Center fitness areas to wipe fitness areas, mats, machines and equipment.
- Encouraging staff and participants to stay at home when sick and be free of a fever for 24 hours, without medicine, before returning.
- Waived refund fees for programs and facility rentals due to flu-like illness; exclusions may apply, so please contact individual program supervisors with questions.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has provided the following information for all Coloradans:
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- Stay home if you’re sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
- Clean “high touch” surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow the label directions for correct and safe use of the cleaning product.
- Visit the following websites for more information:
- Jefferson County Public Health
- Jefferson County Public Schools
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish