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Additional Restrictions to Impact City of Boulder Facilities and Services as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Climb in County

City of Boulder facilities, services and programs will be impacted by additional state restrictions prompted by a continuing countywide rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced that Boulder County will move to a more restrictive level of recovery called, “Level Red: Severe Risk,” effective Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. This is a transition from the county’s current status of “Level Orange: High Risk.” This will result in new capacity restrictions in Boulder County for some businesses. Under Level Red, community members should stay home as much as possible and public or private gatherings are limited to one household. The county must be able to meet and hold certain metrics based on number of new COVID-19 cases, percent positivity and the impact on hospitals in order to move back to Level Orange.

The following restrictions will go into effect starting Friday, and be in place until further notice, for the City of Boulder:

  • Main Library
    • Public capacity reduced to 25 or fewer people at a time. Visit or call 303-441-3100 to learn about services and resources that continue to be offered.
  • Parks & Recreation
    • Currently operating services will be modified in schedule, format or capacity.
    • Rec center capacity will be limited to 10%.
  • Special event permits
    • Currently permitted events and permit applications will be held to the Level Red guidance.
  • Parking Services:
  • Front office in-person services will be limited to only contactless parking permit pick-up and EcoPass services. All other services may be accomplished via phone (303-413-7300), email ([email protected]) or through the city’s online parking portal.
  • Planning & Development Services Center
  • Police
    • Police station lobby will remain open for appointments only. To make an appointment, call 303-441-3300.

City employees whose jobs are able to be performed remotely are required to telework until further notice. The City of Boulder will continue to adjust its operations in alignment with public health orders and guidance, and in some cases could adjust service levels temporarily as needed to safely and effectively provide critical services, resources and information to our community throughout the pandemic. The city is working closely with Boulder County, Boulder County Public Health and other partner organizations to respond to and recover from COVID-19. For more information, visit

Media Contact: 
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 720-908-5722

Published Nov. 19, 2020