Friday, May 8, 2020

Aurora - City Newsletter - May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Transitioning to Safer-at-Home order

Tri-County Health Department's Stay-at-Home order expires at midnight today, Friday, May 8 for Adams and Arapahoe counties. All Aurora residents will be under the state's Safer-at-Home order starting May 9.

On Saturday, May 9, critical businesses can remain open, and many non-critical businesses can begin to open with some restrictions outlined by the state.

Businesses must follow best practices for reopening. Visit the state's website or Tri-County Health Department's website for details. Tri-County Health Department has developed tools for businesses, including a checklist, to use while planning for reopening.

Because COVID-19 remains in Colorado, residents are strongly advised to continue staying at home as much as possible, only interacting with household members and only leaving for essential activities. Those at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as people ages 65 and older and those with underlying medical problems, should only leave home unless it is absolutely necessary.

“The transitioning to the 'Safer-at-Home' phase signals important progress in our work to flatten the curve and ensure our top-notch medical facilities can provide the care that coronavirus patients need,” said Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman. “This does not mean that the fight is over or that we can no longer be vigilant. I encourage all Aurorans to continue to listen to and heed the guidance about social distancing and face coverings, especially as some businesses begin to reopen and we resume more activities outside the home.”

Tri-County Health Department's Frequently Asked Questions document can provide some additional guidance on the Safer-at-Home order.

More information about Aurora's response and local resources of all kinds is available at

A Message of Support to Aurora's Asian American Community.
Mayor Mike Coffman - Statement of support for Aurora's Asian-American Community
No place for hate
Following reports of discrimination and harassment in the Asian-American community, the Aurora Police Department and the mayor have a message: Aurora is a place for everyone where there is no room for hate.


Council Member Town Meetings
Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to check the latest information on meeting dates.

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You can also listen to the meeting by phone (see for details). In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094. • Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only

Feedback on Mississippi Avenue Widening Project
Starting May 12, the community will have the opportunity to learn more about the Mississippi Avenue widening project (near Buckley Air Force Base), provide feedback and ask questions, all online. The city will post a short summary video, project materials and an online feedback, which needs to be completed by May 26. Visit or call 303.739.7925 for more project information.

Explore the World While Staying at Home
Do you feel a little shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some city programs have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·     Aurora Dance Arts: On its Facebook page, Aurora Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·     Aurora Fox Arts Center: The Aurora Fox has a weekly video interview, “Meet the Artists,” with artists connected to the Aurora Fox. Check it out on the Aurora Fox’s Facebook page or Instagram.
·     Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites: Explore online exhibits, archives and lesson plans from your home, including interactive maps, such as one of East Colfax Avenue, history videos, and more. You can also take a virtual tour of all the city’s historic sites.
·     Aurora Public Library: The library has daily storytime on Facebook, ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities, Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips to museums, national parks, etc., and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library databases using their student ID number.
·     Art in Public Places: The city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to download your free copy.
·     The People’s Building: Aurora's newest cultural facility is creating a series of videos on its Facebook and Instagram titled “Six Feet Apart,” which profiles some of the artists and performers who will be showcased at the building once we return to healthier times.

Upcoming Rec Center Virtual Open House
Wendesday, May 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Join the virtual open house discussing the new recreation center in southeast Aurora along with the Aurora Reservoir master plan amendment. Project and master plan updates to be discussed include site plans and renderings. The presentation will be online beginning May 11 at For question email You must call in on May 20 at 5:30 p.m. to participate. Access number: 1.877.820.7831; participant passcode: 254610#

Have a comment, question or need our assistance? Contact Access Aurora online, at 303.739.7000, or via iOS or Android app.

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