Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has heard frustration from community members, expressed through emails, social media and in the media, that events scheduled to take place at Bandimere Speedway have been cancelled due to the restrictions in place around COVID-19. There have also been inaccurate claims that events have been “canceled by JCPH.” We understand the community’s desire to return to the events that bring them joy, but stand firm in our mission as the health department to keep our community safe.
We want to reiterate that the State’s guidelines for outdoor events have been in place since June 18, 2020, through CDPHE PHO 20-28. The process for complying with those guidelines has also been in place, and we have been working with numerous organizers of outdoor events to find ways to operate while adhering to the state’s requirements.
Even though criteria for outdoor events compliance has been clearly outlined in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s PHO 20-28, compliance has not been attained by some venues. As part of a mitigation plan to ensure compliance with the State’s Order regarding large events, JCPH issued Public Health Order 20-007 on July 20. This order simply requires venues hosting outdoor events to submit a plan that demonstrates compliance with the State’s PHO 20-28; it does not change any of the steps a venue must take to operate according to PHO 20-28.
We continue to work in partnership with all venues to ensure that compliance with public health orders is achieved. The goal of each action taken by JCPH is not to punish any of our area businesses or organizations, but to keep the people within our community safe and healthy. Especially now, as we are seeing cases of COVID-19 sharply rise in Jefferson County and are entering a phase of rapid mitigation in order to maintain the variances and relaxations in regulations that are in place, it’s more important than ever that everyone in our community work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.