City repeals local disaster emergency related to COVID-19

Effective August 31 all emergency orders related to COVID-19 will have either expired or been repealed.

The City of Boulder declaration of local disaster emergency related to the COVID-19, signed on March 14, 2020, and extended by city council on March 16, 2020, is repealed in its entirety. The city has also repealed emergency order 2020-8, issued on March 24, 2020, which canceled all in-person boards and commissions meetings and emergency order 2021-2, issued on Sept. 2, 2021, which re-opened the COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC).

Effective Aug. 31, 2022, the last five COVID related emergency orders will be repealed in their entirety. These orders include:

  • Emergency order 2020-4 enforcing all state emergency orders in the City of Boulder, issued on March 14, 2020.
  • Emergency order 2020-12 suspending domestic partnership fees, issued on April 2, 2020.
  • Emergency order 2020-13 suspending or modifying provisions of ordinances/delegating authority to extend/impose city deadlines, issued on April 6, 2020.
  • Emergency order 2020-19 suspending or modifying provisions of any ordinance related to public nuisances, issued in Nov. 6, 2020,
  • Emergency order 2021-1 allowing daycare, education, supervision, and learning activities within a principal dwelling, issued Feb. 8, 2021.

City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde has concluded that these orders can be safely repealed because the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished.

“The last two and a half years have not been easy,” Rivera-Vandermyde said. “I look back with gratitude to our community for working together through the pandemic and now ahead with confidence in a brighter future thanks to all we have learned.”

City council will resume meeting in person on September 1, with the public welcomed back in October. City staff are creating a process for hybrid (virtual and in person) boards and commissions meetings to take place. In the short-term, these meetings will remain virtual while additional meeting spaces and technology are being installed. The city hopes to have all boards and commissions on a new hybrid format by the end of 2022.

While Boulder County is currently in the low community level, per CDC guidelines COVID-19 is still present in our community. People are protected best from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting all recommended boosters when eligible.