This document will be updated as needed.
Colorado’s “Stay at Home” order prompted the closure of a few additional businesses in our area, including antique shops, gift shops, furniture stores, clothing stores, etc. We had originally planned to compile a list of what businesses are still OPEN, but that task proved to be much too daunting. The list of the types of businesses considered “critical” is lengthy and is summed up in the graphic on the right. (Click graphic to view a larger size). If you want to know if a specific local business is still open, please give them a call or check their Facebook page. We will continue to share specials, updates, and other info from local businesses and non-profits on our Facebook page as much as we can. ATTENTION Businesses and Non-Profits: Please tag @Fremont360 in your pertinent Facebook posts if you’d like us to share them.
Cañon City made the following announcement regarding additional closures:
Adhering to the Governor’s executive stay-at-home order, the following City buildings/spaces will be closed until further notice: library, museum, playgrounds, tennis courts, skate parks, restrooms, picnic shelter areas, and campgrounds (Red Canyon, Temple Canyon, and Royal Gorge Park). Open space areas and trails are to remain open as long as the public respects physical distancing of six (6) feet. If there is overcrowding of these city owned areas we will need to reassess the situation for everyone’s safety.
The City of Florence made the following announcement regarding parks and playgrounds:
All Parks are closed in Florence at this time due to COVID-19 precautions. This is a temporary closure but a necessary closure to ensure that our citizens are safe. This includes all parks, playground equipment and gathering areas.
The Cañon City Recreation & Parks District has made the following annnouncement:
The Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District is working to comply with Governor Jared Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 17 – “Stay at Home Order”. We are going to keep your parks, open spaces, and trails open from dawn to dusk. The goal is to give the community an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and recreate responsibly. However, there are some features at your parks that will close immediately. They include:
• Softball/Baseball Fields
• Pickleball Courts
• Basketball Courts
• Community Room
Currently the dog park and archery range are open with the rest of your parks, trails, and open spaces. However, this is subject to change. If social distancing is not practiced by the users of theses facilities, we will be forced to close them as well. Please keep in mind there are some simple rules to follow.
• Practice social distancing rules of at least six feet while using the parks and trails. This might mean you have to walk in a single file line at times. If this is not possible then vacate the area and find a different park to recreate in or a different time.
• If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, do not use the facilities. Stay at home.
• Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene when using the parks or trails.
• There is NO organized group activities or recreation allowed at this time per the Stay-at-Home order.
• No large groups.
• Public restrooms are closed, so please be prepared before you leave home.
• Please leave no trace and throw away any and all trash in order to help out our maintenance staff.
At this time, we have no sports programming, special events, Kids Klub, and facility rentals in Recreation District facilities. They are all suspended until further notice. Enjoy the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail, John Griffin Regional Park, Pathfinder Park, Harrison Park, Rouse Park, and the Dog Park. Please remember to follow the rules and recreate responsibly. If this does not occur additional closures will happen.
In addition, the Forest Service has closed all trailheads and campgrounds for the time being but will reassess on a case-by-case basis. The Bureau of Land Management has made no such announcement so we presume all BLM areas are open as usual. Please follow the safety guidelines when recreating in these areas.
Fremont County Department of Public Health & Environment has announced that drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available on Monday, March 30.
COVID-19 testing will be available for members of the public who have a doctor’s referral. Once your referral has been faxed to FCDPHE, you will be contacted by one of our staff members in order to schedule an appointment for testing. You must have an appointment with FCDPHE in order to be tested. Thank you! For more information, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing.
The Golden Age Center in Cañon City is still providing grab and go meals, Monday-Friday for seniors age 60+. Please call 345-3064 each day by 9:30 to let us know you will need a meal that day. If you have not eaten with us before, you will need to fill out an intake form. We ask for a $3.00 donation. If you are unable to pick up your meal, we can arrange for Fremont County Transit to pick you up and bring you to get your meal or you can designate someone to pick it up for you. There is no shortage on meals so we encourage anyone wanting or needing a meal to please participate. Click HERE to view a copy of the April menu.
Update from Loaves & Fishes as of 3/26:
- Our reception area is temporarily closed for walk-ins. We are STILL helping Fremont County residents but we are asking you to call us at 719-275-0593. We are able to help with past due utility bills (electric, gas, propane), rent, and register your family to receive a food box.* Our Food Pantry is opened Monday – Thursday 9am -1pm and on Saturdays 9am – 1pm. Food boxes are prepacked and be picked up by driving around our building to the garage door where we will load food into your card.
- Our Emergency Shelter is opened 24/7. If you are experiencing homelessness and need a place to stay please call us after 5pm at 719-275-0593.
- We are not accepting any donations of clothing or household items at this time.
Update from the Humane Society of Fremont County as of 3/24:
Due to the COVID-19, and wanting to keep the Social Distancing in order so our staff can stay healthy and can care for the animals, HSFC will be closing to the public effective tomorrow, March 25th.
- We will still be adopting out animals, reclaiming, and honoring our community food program, but everything is by APPOINTMENT.
- Please call us at 719-275-0663 to make that appointment.
- If you have lost a pet and need to reclaim them, please give us a call prior to coming down to the shelter.
- The shelter will be closing at 4pm Monday-Saturday. Staff will be in the building during these hours, so if we can help you in any way, please call us at 719-275-0663.
- We are working reduced staffing hours as well. Please be patient with us during this time.
- The Humane Society is still accepting any donations, dog and cat food, monetary donations, etc.
- Thank you to the Fremont and Custer County Communities for supporting the Humane Society during this time.