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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Message from the City of Rifle to our Citizens Regarding the Local Impact of COVID-19

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Due to the abundance of information regarding the COVID-19 virus, the City of Rifle would like to let our citizens know what steps are being taken locally to help keep you safe and provide you with information regarding local activities and events.

The City is following all guidelines dictated by Garfield County and the Garfield County Health Department. The recent directive from Garfield County banning gatherings of groups over 50 people does affect some City programs, activities and events:

  • All events at the Ute Theater have been temporarily suspended.  Please check their website for updates.
  • The ski bus to Sunlight has been canceled for the remainder of the year. All City organized recreation activities have been temporarily suspended. 
  • Due to the fact that seniors have been identified as a particularly vulnerable population, all senior activities and events have been canceled. The Rifle Senior Center will remain open for individuals who wish to play cards or shoot pool. See their Facebook page for details.

    • Meals will be delivered to vehicles for pick-up.

All other City offices and facilities are open with normal operations.

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.

All City parks and facilities will remain open and citizens are encouraged to utilize these resources. The City Council meeting scheduled for March 18th will take place as usual.  We will be reviewing these policies frequently and will keep you informed of any changes. The most important thing is to follow the CDC and County guidelines. We can all work together to slow the progression of this virus.

 For more information, please refer to these credible sources: 

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

Media Contact: Kathy Pototsky, 970-319-8288    

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