Denver City Services, Parks: Reopening Updates

DENVER, CO — City and County of Denver agencies continue to reopen for in-person services in accordance with the state’s coronavirus guidelines, officials said. Everyone who uses city facilities is required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Parks and recreation All Denver dog parks reopened Friday. Children’s […]

DENVER, CO — City and County of Denver agencies continue to reopen for in-person services in accordance with the state’s coronavirus guidelines, officials said. Everyone who uses city facilities is required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Parks and recreation

All Denver dog parks reopened Friday. Children’s playgrounds have reopened, however playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by park operations staff, officials said.

When using these facilities, officials have asked the public to take precautions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water is not available

  • Gather in groups of 10 or fewer and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet

  • Masks are highly recommended

311 call center

Beginning Monday, 311 will be in operation Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Many city services and questions can also be answered by visiting denvergov.org.

Arts and venues

The McNichols Civic Center building has reopened to visitors. Small groups — currently capped at eight people or fewer — can make appointments online for a two-hour time slot: 8:30-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily. The city’s arts and venues department plans to increase group size in the coming weeks as guidance allows, officials said. Appointments can be made here.

Clerk and recorder

The department will reopen for in-person marriage and recording services by appointment only beginning July 1. Appointments must be made before arrival, officials said.

Excise and licenses

In-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is being offered by appointment only. All license applications not available online can be submitted via email, officials said.

Denver economic development and opportunity

The Denver Workforce Centers at Westside (1200 Federal, 1st floor), Montbello (4685 Peoria St., Suite 251) and the Denver International Airport (8500 Peña Blvd., 5th Level Main Terminal) will open July 1 on a limited, by-appointment basis, officials said. Job seekers can use [email protected] or 720-772-1182 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) to make an appointment.

Denver motor vehicle

DMVs will resume in-person services on June 29, officials said. Prior to reopening, the DMV is implementing a number of precautions to protect both customers and staff from potential COVID-19 exposure, including glass dividers for all customer-facing windows, physical distancing cues in all branch locations, increased cleaning frequency for high-traffic areas, and hand sanitizer and face mask availability for all staff and clients. The DMV is also testing a text messaging system to allow branch staff to text clients when it is their time to enter the building in order to maintain appropriate capacity in lobby areas, officials said. People are encouraged to bring a cell phone or mobile device with them in order to receive these notifications and to allow efficient service to all customers. Most DMV title and registration transactions can be completed online at dengergov.org./dmv or by mail, the city said.

Denver Public Library

All locations remain closed. Online services and daily programming can be found at denverlibrary.org. Book drops are now open at all locations except for the following branch libraries:

  • Byers Branch Library (closed for renovation)

  • Montbello Branch Library (temporarily closed for construction)

  • Smiley Branch Library (closed for renovation)

Curbside service will begin by appointment July 7, officials said.

Taxpayer services

Taxpayer services have reopened for in-person services in the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Building.

Denver Jails

The Denver Sheriff Department will open the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail lobbies for scheduled video monitor visitations only, beginning Friday.

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

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