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COVID-19 Latest Response


The City of Boulder has been working closely with local partners, including the Boulder County Public Health Department and University of Colorado Boulder to protect the health and safety of our community.

Latest Measures

Oct. 19, 2020

Oct. 16, 2020

  • The drive-through COVID-19 testing site near Stazio ball fields in Boulder will be closed Oct. 17 - 18 due to poor air quality and visibility linked to smoke from Colorado fires. Please visit Boulder County Public Health for updates. If you have urgent testing needs, visit the free Adams County testing site at Water World. www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/testing/

Oct. 15, 2020

  • Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing is available at Stazio Ballfields, 2445 Stazio Dr, Boulder has been extended through Nov. 8. The location is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. More information is available at http://www.boco.org/COVID19Testing

Oct. 14, 2020

  •  The city repealed emergency order 2020-21, which prohibited alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and clubs between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. On-premises alcohol service may now end at 11 p.m. at bars, restaurants and clubs in Boulder, per a State of Colorado order. Last call for alcohol purchases is tied to the county’s dial level, which is determined by the state’s Safer at Home order. Boulder County is currently at Level 2 on the dial. 

Oct. 13, 2020

  • Young adults (18-22 years old) in Boulder have shown their commitment to the wellbeing of all residents by reducing their gathering size in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, per Public Health Order 2020-08. Due to their diligence, beginning at noon today they can expand their gathering circle to groups of up to 6 people.

Oct. 7, 2020

  • Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing is available at Stazio Ballfields, 2445 Stazio Dr, Boulder has been extended through Oct. 18. The location is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. More information is available at http://www.boco.org/COVID19Testing

Sept. 25, 2020

  • The City of Boulder issued an emergency order prohibiting alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and clubs between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The order went into effect on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. and will last through Oct. 8 at noon, unless further amended or extended. The intent of the order is to slow the increasing spread of coronavirus among young people in Boulder. Boulder County is currently operating under the state’s Safer at Home Level 2 restrictions. If COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the county is at risk of moving from Safer at Home Level 2 to Safer at Home Level 3, which would increase restrictions for the community and local businesses.

Sept. 24, 2020

  • Boulder County Public Health issued a public health order to take effect on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. within the City of Boulder stating that:
    • Gatherings of more than two person or persons aged 18 - 22 within the City of Boulder.
    • Residents of identified properties must stay at home except for Essential Activities or Essential Travel, as defined in the order.
    • All CU students must monitor and report COVID-19 symptoms, follow testing, isolation and quarantine requirements and cooperate with disease investigators and contact tracers

New cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise for nearly three weeks in Boulder County, with the vast majority due to transmission among people aged 18-22, particularly those attending the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and living in the Hill neighborhood. In an effort to reverse the trend of new cases, Boulder County Public Health, with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Governor’s Office, has put this new, targeted order in place for specific residents.

The order begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, will last for 14 days and can be extended.

For more information and to read the full order, visit: boco.org/covid19GatheringsOrder

Sept. 21, 2020 

  • On Sept. 21, CU announced it is going to remote learning for all undergraduate, graduate and law students for two weeks. This move, which follows a series of strategy discussions with partners, including the city, is designed to help contain the spread of illness to the current population and minimize the need for students, currently on voluntary quarantine, to leave their homes. CU has also committed to taking a stricter disciplinary stance. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 21, 14 students have been placed on interim suspension, and more than 100 students have been referred to the university for code of conduct review related to public health issues.
     
  • CU has followed the recommendation from Boulder County Public Health advising that all CU students living in Boulder voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days. CU has incorporated that quarantine into its code of conduct, effectively making it mandatory for all students.

Sept. 18, 2020

  • The city has deputized CU resident service officers to issue tickets for public health order violations. City police are aggressively patrolling the hill and issuing tickets for public health order violations. On Sept. 18, city rangers issued two citations to the head of CU’s football operations in connection with a team hike on Mt. Sanitas that violated health and permitting requirements. Violations of city orders are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.
     
  • The city has also issued public nuisance notices to 13 property owners on the hill, including Kappa Sigma fraternity. This is the first step in a multi-step, civil enforcement process that could lead to non-compliant properties being vacated.

Community Involvement

As our community responds and adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to work together. Here are ways the community conversation is being fostered:

  • On Sept. 21, the city, CU, Boulder County Public Health and the county have started to operate under a new COVID-19 area command structure, similar to, but much more focused, than what was established at the start of the pandemic. This effort is designed to create more integration among agencies involved in stabilizing the current increases. A Joint Information Session has been established, and our city Public Information Officers are engaged with their counterparts at CU and Public Health to establish a stepped-up communication cadence.
     
  • Recognizing the growing concern about the increase in COVID-19 cases in Boulder, the city will begin offering  weekly briefings to provide updates to, and take questions from, the community. City officials will be joined by the Boulder County Public Health Department and will invite other partners to the briefing based on the issues of concern that week. The University of Colorado is scheduled to participate in the first session, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The briefings will be recorded and posted for later viewing. The briefing will be held online each Thursday through Nov. 20, and advance registration is required. Community participation is encouraged .
     
  • The city will be participating in a series of COVID Community Conversations to create a virtual dialogue about our diverse COVID-19 experience. The objective of these conversations is to help align community expectations with public health measures. We invite you to sign up if this kind of dialogue interests you.