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The City of Salida will keep portions of F Street closed to vehicle traffic until November 1. After evaluating the current COVID-19 situation in Chaffee County, the City says it is vital to provide adequate outdoor spaces to encourage social distancing and allow businesses activities to occur outdoors, as long as possible. The City of Salida will continue to monitor weather trends and usage to keep the block closures in place as long as it is feasible to do so.

Barriers painted by local artists at the intersection of F Street and West Sackett. Photo taken by Brooke Gilmore.

As previously reported by Ark Valley Voice, on June 4, 2020, the City of Salida initiated the closure of two blocks on F Street in order to repurpose the space to allow for social distancing and pedestrian use during COVID-19. Businesses have made use of the space in a variety of ways such as spacing, outdoor dining, and other displays. As winter approaches and snow begins to fall, it will be necessary to reopen the street to allow for snow and ice maintenance over the course of the colder months.

With Halloween celebrations upcoming, the City strongly encourages the community not to congregate or gather and to use open areas of streets that may be temporarily closed in order to pass others.

The City suggests all residents should review the guidelines for Halloween issued by the Centers for Disease Control as well as the  Chaffee County Public Health Department.

The City also strongly recommends that any residents who do not want to participate in any Halloween activities turn their porch light off to avoid any contact with the general public.

For more information contact City Hall at 719-539-4555