The following is a cross-post from the City of Colorado Springs, shared via the City’s social media accounts on 4-6-2020. “We have had many questions on the enforcement of the governor’s stay at home order regarding both business and individual activities. We implore residents to follow the order and to stay at home except for essential activities or critical business. It is vital for all of us to do our part to limit the spread and protect the health and safety of everyone in our community.
If the public wishes to report a business operating illegally, they should contact El Paso County Public Health at 719-578-3167. Because of the high volume of calls the health department is receiving, their efforts are on investigating serious and ongoing violations with a focus on education and voluntary compliance. Continued violations by businesses can result in citations and possible fines and/or jail time, but El Paso County Health fully expects voluntary compliance by all businesses. Residents may also file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at email@example.com.
If you see groups of people violating the public health order in City parks, you can report it on the GoCOS! Mobile app and the data will be forwarded to help identify hotspots. Please note, though we implore all residents to wear masks as recommended by the Governor on Friday, this is a recommendation and not a law, so reporting is unnecessary.
Do not call 9-1-1, CSPD or CSFD to report these issues or ask questions about COVID-19 unless it is an emergency. Our emergency first responders are handling their usual emergency call volume in addition to health emergencies. The City has reassigned a limited number of CSPD school resource officers and park rangers to patrol City parks and known “hot spots” to educate those who are gathering in groups.
Additionally, when time allows CSPD officers throughout the City will address violations they observe through warnings and education in an effort to gain voluntary compliance. This is a serious public health emergency and we need our community to comply with the stay at home order. Please, help us and do your part.”