Dog parks, DMV set to re-open in Denver as city cautiously emerges from COVID-19 pandemic

Denver continues to re-open facilities and services as the coronavirus pandemic eases, with plans to put dog parks back into action on Friday and resume in-person services at the Department of Motor Vehicles on June 29.

Physical distancing practices will be observed within all city facilities, and employees and members of the public are required to wear face coverings while inside city buildings and facilities.

Besides dog parks re-opening Friday, the city’s 311 call center will resume operations on Monday, with hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Denver Sheriff Department will open the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail lobbies for scheduled video monitor visitations only, beginning June 26.

The Denver Clerk and Recorder will reopen for in-person marriage and recording services by appointment only beginning July 1. In-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is already being offered by appointment only.

Appointments are also needed to visit the McNichols Civic Center building, which recently reopened to visitors. Following safer-at-home guidelines, small groups (currently capped at eight people or fewer) can make appointments online for a two-hour time slot at McNichols.

The Denver Workforce Centers at Westside (1200 Federal, first floor), Montbello (4685 Peoria St., Suite 251) and Denver International Airport (fifth level, Main Terminal) will open July 1 on a limited, by-appointment basis. Jobseekers can visit workforce.[email protected] or call 720-772-1182 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) to make an appointment.

The Department of Motor Vehicles offices will resume in-person services on June 29. A number of precautions to protect both customers and staff from potential COVID-19 exposure will be put in play, 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 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. People are encouraged to bring a cellphone or mobile device with them in order to receive these notifications.

Denver Public Library locations remain closed though online services and daily programming opportunities can be accessed at www.denverlibrary.org.

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