No City of Grand Junction employees tested positive for COVID-19 this week. To reduce the spread of the virus, employees monitor symptoms daily and track symptoms at the beginning of every working shift. The City developed a mask policy that went into effect April 13, 2020 following the Governor’s guidelines, which requires City employees to wear masks personal interactions and while working inside. In-person interactions between staff are limited as staff has options for teleworking and work areas have been improved to promote health and safety.
The City will reopen City Hall and other City facilities as the Grand Junction area starts to reopen and in response to the recent move to Yellow: Concern. Full reopening of facilities will unfold over a period of time, allowing for a phased reintroduction of the general public into facilities. Starting the week of March 8, City Hall will reopen to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Parks & Recreation Administrative Office building will reopen to normal business hours 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Starting the week of March 15, indoor Parks & Recreation facilities will reopen. Other Parks & Recreation service changes are as follows:
- The Orchard Mesa Pool, 2736 Unaweep Avenue, will re-open on Monday March 15th with a capacity limited to 50 patrons with masks required unless in the water. All services at the pool will be available including lap swimming, aqua aerobics, Silver Sneakers classes, swim lessons and open swim.
- The Bookcliff Activity Center, 540 29 1/4 Road, will re-open on Monday March 15th. All services will be available including drop-in activities (basketball, volleyball and ping pong) with masks required and programming described in the Spring Activity Guide found online. The Hospitality Suite at the Stadium, 1315 North Avenue, will also open March 15th.
- Outdoor facilities such as multipurpose fields, court facilities, park shelters, and softball/baseball fields remain open. Contractors and large user groups are allowed to reserve these facilities for upcoming seasons and programs so long as the sport is approved by either the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and/or the Mesa County Health Department by applying best practices of mask wearing and limiting capacities.
- The Spring 2021 Activity Guide was recently distributed with registration opening March 1st. This details spring and some summer programs such as Adult Softball and Summer Camp programs that begin May 24 and run through the summer season. Registration opened March 1st for all summer camps.
- The Senior Center will remain closed for the time being.
As a reminder, the following services are available to the community:
- A COVID-19 vaccination clinic remains open at the Grand Junction Convention Center. This is a partnership between the City and Mesa County.
- Municipal Court has resumed holding regular in-person court sessions on Tuesday and Thursday of each week and Wednesday court sessions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
- City Hall remains open by appointment only.
- The lobby of the Police Department building is now open to the public.
- The lobby of the Fire Department Administration building is now open to the public.
- The Visitor Center will remain closed at this time.
The City of Grand Junction remains committed to providing services to the community and will continue to modify services as appropriate in response to the pandemic. The City will continue to work with Mesa County Public Health to monitor the situation. The health and safety of the public and staff remains a top priority. As a reminder, residents can find information about the City’s relief and response efforts, the status of City facilities, and a full list of services available virtually or via the telephone on the City’s website.
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager | 970-244 1557 or email@example.com