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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Rifle update regarding impacts to Local activities, events, & services from COVID-19

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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.

You will find the listed topics below:

  1. Impacts to City of Rifle Activities & Services
  2. Local Food Resources for Citizens
  3. Business Resources for Economic Impacts
  4. Other Helpful Local Information
  5. Referrals to credible sources

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• Impacts to City of Rifle 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 for a department phone list.
  • City Parks - City parks remaining open to uses, but all playgrounds will be closed and citizens are reminded to follow orders regarding social distancing.
  • 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.
  • Ute Theater - All events at the Ute Theater have been temporarily suspended.  Please check their website or Facebook for updates.  or
  • City Recreation Activities - All-City organized recreation activities have been temporarily suspended.
    • Ski Bus to Sunlight - The ski bus to Sunlight has been canceled for the remainder of the year.
    • Spring Soccer - We are postponing the start of the spring soccer season.  Soccer will not begin on March 30th as planned. Staff feels that we may still be able to have a viable modified soccer season if we can begin the week of April 20th, which is the day after the current order is set to expire. To not conflict with other sports seasons,  we will not be able to extend the season beyond the planned May 22nd end date. If the current safety orders are extended beyond April 20th, then this spring’s soccer season will not happen. Please continue to monitor our Parks & Recreation web site and Facebook page, call us at 970-665-6570 or email questions or comments to us at
  • Spring Cleanup Event - The Annual Rifle Spring Cleanup has also been postponed this year. No new date has been chosen at this time, but that information will be posted as soon as it’s available.
  • Municipal Court - Rifle Municipal Court will be handling the April 15th docket by telephone.  Please contact the Court for further information.
  • 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  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

• Local Food Resources for Citizens:

  • Garfield County Senior Programs
    • Visit  If you are unable to use these resources and need assistance to access food, please call Garfield County Senior Programs Manager Judy Martin at 970-665-0041. She may be able to coordinate food delivery to at-risk seniors if required.
    • Meals on Wheels New Castle to Parachute 970-625-6423
  • Food Pantries - Those in need are encouraged to stop by the following locations for a new “drive-through” format where they will be provided with a pre-packed emergency food box for anyone in need. Please visit the website for information on food distribution and Extended Table
    • 970.625.4496  |
    • School meal service is being offered in all school districts free for those 0-18 years
    • RE2 -  
    • District 16 - (*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.
    • 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 or call 970-945-6614 x 2020
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/ Food Stamps) 
    • Countywide emergency food services please call 970-945-6614 x 2020 (Public Health) Or 970-945-9191 Department of Human Services
  • List of Rifle restaurants and the services they are currently able to offer:
    Restaurant NamePhone #Service
    Arby’s970-625-4432Drive Through
    Be Healthy Stay Fit Bistro970-665-9740Delivery or Take Out
    Brickhouse Italian970-625-1222Delivery or Take Out
    Capital Deli970-665-9647Delivery or Take Out
    Dickey’s BBQ970-625-4227Take Out
    Domino’s Pizza970-625-0505Delivery or Take Out
    Dunkin/Baskin Robbin970-665-9001Drive Through
    JQ Ice Cream970-665-9797Take Out
    Jalisco Grill970-510-0470Delivery or Take Out
    Lilly’s Kitchen970-625-0165Delivery or Take Out
    Little Ceasars970-625-0879Take Out
    Los Carnales970-625-1999Drive Through
    McDonalds970-625-3236Drive Through
    Moma’s Ice Cream970-665-9493Take Out
    Nacho’s Mexican970-625-9998Take Out
    Order Up970-625-1632Delivery or Take Out
    Polanka’s970-945-9220Delivery or Take Out
    Rib City970-625-3333Delivery or Take Out
    Sammy’s Steakhouse970-665-9398Delivery or Take Out
    Shanghai Garden970-625-4430Delivery or Take Out
    Shooter’s Grill970-625-2158Delivery or Take Out
    Sonic970-625-8553Drive Through
    Subway970-625-1332Take Out
    Taco Bell970-625-1709Drive Through
    Taquila’s970-665-9082Take Out
    Thai Chili970-625-8888Delivery or Take Out
    Wendy’s970-625-1994Drive Through
    Wignchester’s970-625-2999Take Out
    Wingnutz Bar and Grill970-625-9300Delivery or Take Out

• Business Resources

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:

  • Garfield County - Garfield County has compiled resources available for both businesses and employees who are experience disruption due to COVIC-19 
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Information for businesses experiencing economic distress due to the spread of COVID-19 is available in the form of consulting, technical assistance, loan assistance recovery strategies and more.  Any business experiencing economic disruption can contact Northwest SBDC Director Erin McCuskey at or Katie Mackley at Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation at to gain more information. 
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) - Is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund - The Fund purpose is to raise and coordinate 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 

• Other Helpful Local Information:

  • 2•1•1, Resources Available For You - Call 211 or visit  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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • 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! 
  • Daily Life & Coping - Learn how you can plan, prepare, and cope with stress before and during a COVID-19 outbreak. Visit
  • Governor Stay-at-home orderColorado Governor Jared Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. which will last until April 26, 2020.  To read the complete order and the exemptions, please visit Stay safe out there.
  • Open Burning Discouraged - Due to the fact that COVID-19 poses a particular threat to individuals with a history of heart or respiratory illness, the Colorado Department of Public Health is urging citizens not to engage in open burning at this time.
  • New Covid19 website - The State has launched a new website found here,
  • 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 ( and social media pages will be continually updated with the latest links. 
  • Bars and Restaurants Ordered to Close - As you may be aware, Governor Jared Polis has ordered bars and restaurants closed. These businesses still have the option of doing delivery and takeout orders. This is a very difficult situation for small businesses and their employees. The City would like to encourage our citizens to support these businesses by utilizing these services when available. Let’s help our neighbors through this difficult time. You can always take your carryout order to the park and have a picnic!
  • 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:


Updated: April 7th @ 11:15am

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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