Access to Clear Creek in Golden, where hundreds of people go to kayak, tube and splash in the mountain-fed waters, has been shut down for the Fourth of July holiday weekend as part of the city’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 that is enabled by large gatherings of people.
All access points to the creek have been fenced off and side streets near the creek have been blocked to all non-local traffic, though the trail alongside the creek will remain open. The closure began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Golden cited the need to close Clear Creek to anticipated crowds assembling along the waterway for the Fourth of July weekend. City Manager Jason Slowinski said crowds of people on the creek last weekend “gave us deep concern in seeing large gatherings, no social distancing, and very few people wearing masks.”
The city had originally shut down the creek in April as coronavirus spread in the state.
Colorado’s coronavirus caseload has been inching back up in the last couple of weeks and city officials are concerned about visitors from neighboring states, where cases have been increasing even faster, bringing infections to Golden.
City officials also posted an administrative order effective Thursday that mandates masks be worn on all public property. Clear Creek will remain closed until further notice.
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox.