Jefferson County, Golden ban activities on Clear Creek

David Zalubowski, The Associated PressIn this 2015 file photo, a pair of young mothers push strollers along the trail as Clear Creek rushes by in Golden.

Public water activities on Clear Creek in Jefferson County and Golden have been suspended as part of coronavirus stay-at-home orders.

The suspension, ordered by the sheriff’s office and police department, include the suspension of recreational activities such as rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Swimming and body surfing also are prohibited.

The order is effective as of 5 p.m. Thursday and will last until further notice, according to a news release. The order includes Vanover Park in Golden.

This temporary restriction was made because it is difficult for people to adhere to the six-foot social distancing guidelines while on the water, the release said. “In addition, if a rescue were necessary, it would require law enforcement and fire departments to expend resources that are already facing challenges due to COVID-19.”

Violators can be fined $100.

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