City of Rifle - community wide COVID-19 updates

The City of Rifle would like to keep our citizens up to date with local information regarding COVID-19 to help keep you safe and provide you with details regarding Local activities, events, and services.

    Updated: Oct 6th @ 11:00am - #35

INDEX OF CATEGORIES

  1. Changes to City of Rifle Activities & Services
  2. Notable Changes to the Community of Rifle
    • ✔ (NEW) Garfield County Health & Governor Polis guidelines for Halloween
  3. Rifle City Manager: A Message for the Community
  4. Local Resources for Citizens
    • ✔ (NEW) Outdoor Flu Shot Clinic
  5. Business Resources for Economic Changes
    • ✔ (NEW) PHASE II - COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Loans
    • ✔ (NEW) PHASE II - COVID-19 Restaurant Modification Grant Program
    • ✔ (NEW) COVID-19 Non-Profit Grant Program
  6. Other Helpful Local Information
  7. Referrals to Credible Sources

( ✔  =  NEW / UPDATED information/topics)




• Changes to the City of Rifle’s activities & services:

The City is following all guidelines dictated by Garfield County and the Garfield County Health Department. The City of Rifle will continue to be available and working for you throughout the duration of this event. However, some activities, events, and services have been canceled or modified.  Please see below.

  • Core City Services - All core City services, including (but not limited to) Water, Wastewater, Police/Public Safety, Trash, Operations & Maintenance, and Public Works will continue to remain fully operational.  The City and its staff are committed to serving you, our citizens, to the greatest extent possible.  Staff is available to assist by phone or email.  See www.rifleco.org/directory for a department phone list.
  • City Parks/Playgrounds - Playgrounds and picnic areas are reopened.  Please read the new signage.  Splash pads are still waiting for approval from the state or county to open.
  • City Buildings - All City of Rifle buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Although face to face interactions are not possible at this time, the staff is available to assist you by phone or email.  Please contact the department that you are trying to reach directly.  www.rifleco.org/directory
  • Ute Theater - All events at the Ute Theater have been temporarily suspended.  Please check their website or Facebook for updates. utetheater.com  or  fb.com/NewUteEventsCenter/
  • City Council meetings - Utilizing electronic meeting technologies, Rifle City Council and many other board meetings are still being held at the regular meeting dates & times. Citizens can participate with City Council, either electronically by using the link provided in the Meeting agenda/packet, or by emailing their comments to CitizenComments@RifleCO.org up to two hours before the meeting start time (please, include your mailing address for the record).
  • Municipal Court - Rifle Municipal Court is operating with normal business hours. Court dates will be handled in person and you are expected to appear. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained. If you are not comfortable appearing in person or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call the court to arrange to have your case handled by phone.
  • Utilities & Court Payments Options - Payment drop boxes are available for both court payments and utilities. The boxes for utility payments or other finance department payments are located outside of City Hall near the alley to the north of the building. Payments may also be made online at www.rifleco.org/138/Utility-Billing.  Although there is not an online option for payments to Rifle Municipal Court, payments can be made by credit card by calling the court at 970-665-6420. The court also has a dropbox located right next to the main entrance of the Justice Center, 201 East 18th Street.
  • Seniors Center & Meal Program - Due to the fact that seniors have been identified as a particularly vulnerable population, all senior activities and events have been canceled. The Garfield County Senior Meal Program is now offering meals at the following locations as a takeout option.  Seniors can pick up their lunch at the meal site where their reservations were made.  Reservations must be made for all pickup sites by noon the previous day by calling 970-665-6549.  The senior meal program is for seniors 60 years and older.



RifleTuesday, Thursday, Friday12:00 - 12:30 pickup
New CastleMonday12:00 - 12:30 pickup
SiltWednesday12:00 - 12:30 pickup
ParachuteWednesday12:00 - 12:30 pickup



Notable Changes to the Rifle Community:

  • ✔ (NEW) Garfield County Health & Governor Polis guidelines for HalloweenIf you are in isolation, quarantine, have been exposed to, or are sick with COVID-19, do not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy. Trick or treating is fine, but it’s worth taking some extra precautions this year such as limiting time at doorways, maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask. 
    • Consider a ‘hands-off’ period for collected candy.
    • Children’s Hospital experts say one of the safest things you can do is have children wait 48-72 hours before digging into Halloween candy collected trick-or-treating.
    • This is because candy is coming from multiple households and mingling together in a bucket or bag.
    • COVID-19 can survive up to three days on some surfaces.
    • That is a long time for kids to wait, so parents should consider having a small stash of candy on hand that was purchased ahead of time for kids to enjoy immediately.
    • Indoor parties are discouraged.
    • For more tips and some creative ideas, please visit our website and social media where we will have this all posted.
    • As a reminder, the Halloween House Decorating Contest is underway. Contact the City of Rifle Recreation Department to register for a chance to win prizes!
  • Governor Polis mask order extended  - The mask order has been extended for at least another 30 days.  Anyone over 10 years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or within any public indoor space.  Please be kind to our local businesses and make their jobs easier by simply putting on a mask before entering. We don’t want any of our businesses to close.
  • Current Air Quality - Please be extra cautious when venturing outdoors. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke, the smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. Remember, if you can smell smoke, you are breathing smoke.  You can see Rifle’s air quality at www.garfield-county.com/air-quality/live-rifle-data/.  The Pine Gulch fire north of Grand Junction is sending smoke directly to Rifle.  Weather conditions will not be favorable for firefighting for quite some time.  As a result, if smoke becomes thick in your neighborhood, you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses and the elderly.  Limit outdoor activity during heavy smoke.  Doing a rain dance is highly recommended.
  • Community Yard Sales - Yes, Rifle Citizens can hold a yard sale, but with a few restrictions.  Limit the number of people to no more than 10 at any given time.  Maintain social distancing.
  • Volunteers Needed for Lift-Up - Lift-up is still accepting non-perishable food items. They can be dropped off at the RIFLE FAIRGROUNDS Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 4:00 or during food distribution times. They are also seeking volunteers. You must call 970-456-2804 to register to be a volunteer. You will not be allowed to volunteer if you have not pre-registered.



• Rifle City Manager: A Message to the Community:




• Local Resources for Citizens:

  • ✔ (NEW) Outdoor Flu Shot Clinic - Friday, October 16  at the Rifle Branch Library 207 East Avenue (weather permitting). • 11:00am until 2:00pm. • Most insurance accepted • Call 625-5200 for more details.
  • DOLA Emergency Rental Assistance - State lawmakers announce additional rental assistance to help residents make their rent or mortgage payments. Renters and landlords can find more information at https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-assistance.
  • GarCo911.com Emergency Notification sign-up reminder- The Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other important community news.  The emergency notification system enables the Public Safety agencies within Garfield County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.  Should any emergency happen in your area, you will be notified by call or text.

    It’s easy to sign up.  Just go to garco911.com and you can start receiving emergency alerts.  Stay informed Rifle!

  • New GarCo Online Mental Health Resource - A new partnership between the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County and other local agencies is launching a new online mental health resource that connects citizens with local mental health professionals. The link to the program is: garfield-county.com/emergency-management/mental-health-resources.  We want to make sure that individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health issues can have access to the resources they need.
  • GarCo Rent & Utility Assistance - If you are having difficulty paying your rent or utilities, Emergency Assistance applications can be found in a box outside of the county building which is located at 195 14th Street here in Rifle. You can also call 625-0882 for assistance.
  • Rent, Utilities, Transportation Assistance - If you need help with rent, utilities, transportation, or other assistance call Reach Out Colorado at 459-0309, or the River Center at 984-4333.  The River Center’s main focus is on Silt and New Castle, Apple Tree, but they can also help others as needed.
  • Garfield County Senior Programs
  • Lift Up food pantries- Lift Up has free food pick-ups several times every week.  Anyone who needs food can receive it. Please drive to the location, and volunteers will put the bags of food in your vehicle.
    • Parachute: Thursdays, 2 p.m. at the LIFT-UP Food Pantry – 201 E. First St.
    • Rifle: Wednesday & Fridays, 2 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave.
    • New Castle: Wednesdays & Fridays, 2 p.m. at Elk Creek Elementary School Parking Lot, 804 W. Main St.
    • 970.625.4496  |  info@liftup.org
  • School Meal Serviceis being offered in all school districts free for those 0-18 years
    • RE2 - https://www.garfieldre2.net/  
    • District 16 - www.garfield16.org (*The District 16 Family Resource Center is taking calls to help distribute food to residents in need.  Please call   Claudia Flores Cruz at 970-285 ext 5262 Monday through Thursday. Deliveries to homes are on Fridays.)
  • Grace Bible Church offers a monthly food bank in Parachute/ Battlement Mesa.  https://aplaceofgracegbc.com/
  • Women Infants & Children’s program - The Women Infants and Children’s program serves Pregnant, Post-partum and Breastfeeding Women and Children up to age 5.  We continue to offer breastfeeding support and breast pump loans. Please apply at coloradowicsignup.org or call 970-945-6614 x 2020
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/ Food Stamps) https://www.garfield-county.com/human-services/food-assistance-program/ 
  • Countywide emergency food services - If you have an emergency need for food, Garfield County can help.  Please call 970-945-6614 x 2020 (Public Health) Or 970-945-9191 (Department of Human Services).



• Business Resources for Economic Changes:

This is an unprecedented time for the business community. We recognize the economic impacts this event is having on our businesses and their employees. Continuing our efforts to communicate as much information and resources, the following are business-specific resources:

  • ✔ (NEW) PHASE II - COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Loans- Due to local, state, and national orders, many businesses continue to be forced to dramatically limit operations. This Fund is designed to help businesses bridge the gap in operating expenses while regulations are limiting operations.
  • ✔ (NEW) PHASE II - COVID-19 Restaurant Modification Grant Program - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required the State of Colorado to institute strict operating guidelines for restaurants and, in order to follow these guidelines, many restaurants will need to implement a variety of interior and exterior modifications to their facilities. Restaurants will also be required to implement strict cleaning and operating procedures as well as other measures to ensure the safety of customers. This loan program is designed to help Rifle restaurants offset the costs of meeting the new requirements.
  • ✔ (NEW) COVID-19 Non-Profit Grant Program - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required the State of Colorado to institute strict operating guidelines for non-profit organizations and, in order to follow these guidelines, many non-profit organizations will need to implement a variety of safety measures. This loan program is designed to help Rifle non-profit organizations offset the costs of meeting the requirements.
  • City of Rifle - Temporary Business Modifications Program - The City of Rifle has adopted a temporary business modifications program.  The City of Rifle will work closely with businesses to provide flexibility to help them operate during the pandemic.  In particular, we will temporarily relax some regulations, such as the parking code, so that restaurants and other businesses may expand outdoor service areas.  For questions and to submit your outdoor dining (or other modifications) site plan, contact Nathan Lindquist, Planning Director/Assistant City Manager nlindquist@rifleco.org  or 665-6499
  • Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation - RREDC is a local non-profit organization focused on advancing economic strategies in the Colorado River Valley to drive the development of a diverse and sustainable economy. Please contact Katie Mackley at 970-625-4202 or kmackley@rifleedc.com with questions. http://rifleedc.com/
  • Garfield County - Garfield County has compiled resources available for both businesses and employees who are experience disruption due to COVIC-19  https://www.garfield-county.com/economic-development/economic-impacts-covid-19/ 
  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund - The Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate the allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time https://covrn.com/covid-relief-fund/#fund 


• Other Helpful Local Information:

  • Mental Health & Emotional Support - SUPPORT HOTLINE Mind Springs Health has launched a mental health support line, Monday- Friday 8 am-5 pm. www.mindspringshealth.org, (877) 519-7505

  • Immigrant Services 
  • Daily Life & Coping - Learn how you can plan, prepare, and cope with stress before and during a COVID-19 outbreak. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/index.html
  • 2•1•1, Resources Available For You - Call 211 or visit www.211colorado.org.  2•1•1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado virtual resources in the local community.  One central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human services resources.
  • Regional Hotline for COVID-19 - 970-429-6186.  Making sure that you have all the resources necessary regarding the COVID-19 virus.  The regional hotline hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  • myColorado Mobile App - The State of Colorado announced new features in the myColorado mobile app to support Governor Polis’ order to stay at home.  Read more by clicking here.
  • GarCo Public Health Launches Two New Self-Report Tools for COVID-19.  We now have two survey documents available for self-reporting in our community. The first document is only for people experiencing COVID-like symptoms (such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath).  The second is a form for everyone in the community, with or without symptoms, to report on the status of your mental health, isolation and social distancing practices.  We want to hear from you!  https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/covid-19-testing/
  • Technology Tips To Stay Safe - The City of Rifle Information Technology Department would also like to pass on tips to keep in mind while using your computers during this unusual time. There are numerous scams relating to COVID-19 involving malware, hoaxes, and fraud which are designed to play upon your sense of urgency in obtaining answers. Follow the same computer safety procedures that you were practicing prior to this situation. Do not click on unknown or questionable sites. The official sites for Garfield County, the State of Colorado and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are safe, reliable sources of information. The City of Rifle website (rifleco.org) and social media pages will be continually updated with the latest links.
  • Advice from your City water department - The water and wastewater treatment plants are fully functioning and will remain fully operational even if some City offices need to be closed or staff size reduced. There is no need to stock up on bottled water. It is important to note, however, that we are starting to see flushable wipes at the wastewater plant.  Even though they say flushable, they are not sewer-plant friendly.  If this continues or increases, it may cause problems. Please dispose of all wipes in the trash, not the toilet.


• For more information, please refer to these credible sources:



For updated information on all City matters, please go to our website, www.rifleco.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Media Contact: Kathy Pototsky, 970-319-8288