Clear creek closure allowed to expire

Fencing along creek to be removed

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/15/20

Golden's city manager and police chief have allowed orders they put in place in August that completely closed off access to Clear Creek to expire. According to a post on the city's Facebook page, the …

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Clear creek closure allowed to expire

Fencing along creek to be removed

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Golden's city manager and police chief have allowed orders they put in place in August that completely closed off access to Clear Creek to expire.

According to a post on the city's Facebook page, the order, which was put into place on Aug. 21, was set to expire at midnight on Sept. 15 and city staff chose to allow it to do so. As a result, the creek is now open for recreational activities and fencing around it has been removed. The post did not include any further explanation for why the city allowed the closure to expire.

The creek has been a subject of controversy this spring summer with the city implementing two different full closures in response to concerns about the possibility that COVID-19 could spread at the creek as well as policies intended to decrease that risk.

The city implemented the most recent closure after city staff and police made more than 900 contacts with individuals who were not following COVID-19-related social distancing and mask mandates while in or along the creek. 13 COVID-19 cases were reported in Golden during the two weeks prior to Sept. 14. There have been a total of 187 cases in Golden, according to Jefferson County Public Health.

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