As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the City of Boulder continues to prioritize public safety as informed by state and county public health guidance. As part of this effort, in addition to Housing and Human Services work and the extension of winter outdoor dining across the community, the city is pleased to announce two recent efforts which support Boulder’s businesses as they navigate the pandemic’s impacts.
Free Delivery for Both Customers and Restaurants with Nosh Boulder Through February 2022
Just in time for the cooler weather, the city is pleased to announce an extension of its popular third-party meal delivery subsidy through vendor, Nosh Boulder. The program, which employs local drivers and caps the charged fee for delivery to 15% of the order, is contracted through Nosh Boulder and was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2021. The city will continue to subsidize the effort up to $75,000 with Nosh delivery from Dec. 20, 2021, through Feb. 28, 2022, making the deliveries free to both the participating restaurants and to their customers.
Since the company’s introduction to Boulder last fall, Nosh Delivery has made 41,351 deliveries for 85 participating Boulder restaurants. The company has hired 60 local drivers and established a local restaurateur advisory board to aid in marketing, outreach, and service provision.
“Boulder enjoyed a return to in-person dining this past summer, and we are delighted that Nosh Delivery can continue to aid Boulder’s small and independent restaurants in serving the community during the cooler weather months,” says Gleidson Gouveia, founder of Nosh. “What makes us different is that we're collectively owned by Boulder independent restaurants; we are committed to local and to helping participating restaurants compete with larger chains as the economy recovers.”
Boulder Provides Disposable Masks for Small Businesses
Boulder relies heavily on tourism and has worked with partner organizations to ensure that businesses, residents, and visitors are aware of local public health guidance (currently including required face coverings indoors). Recognizing the burden that provision of disposable masks can place on small businesses, the city provided funding for the Boulder Chamber to coordinate purchase and distribution of over 140,000 disposable masks to local, small retail and restaurant businesses as they welcome visitors to shop, dine and enjoy Boulder this holiday season. Masks are secured by the Boulder Chamber and distributed by other Boulder economic vitality and business support partner organizations to businesses with storefront retail operations and with 25 or fewer employees.
John Tayer, Boulder Chamber CEO adds, “We are pleased to maintain our partnership with the city in responding to the ongoing pandemic and its impacts on local businesses. While the city’s responsiveness has been a lifeline for many businesses, we encourage the entire community to continue supporting local business and nonprofits as they grapple with unprecedented challenges. Please consider buying local, tipping well and donating to a local nonprofit this holiday season.”
Both efforts are funded through the city’s local American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation and were approved through the immediate and evolving needs priorities supported by city council in September 2021. Staff expects to provide another update to council in the first quarter of 2022 about the use of local ARPA allocation.