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City of Boulder Adjusts Community Services Effective at 3 P.M. Today, Friday, March 13

City age well centers, libraries, recreation centers and the Ranger Cottage to close till March 29

In response to recommendations from Boulder County Public Health, and as a safety precaution to protect the community from the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Boulder will close all age well centers, libraries, recreation centers and the Ranger Cottage starting at 3 p.m. today, Friday, March 13. Programs, classes and drop-in activities will also be suspended during this time. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder Reservoir and city parks will remain open for self-directed activities and continue to practice strong sanitation practices. Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) trails also will remain open.

These closures and cancellations are in place until March 29, 2020, as more widespread testing becomes available and we can learn more about the spread of COVID-19. The city, in partnership with health officials, will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and will update community members as new information is available.

Over the past several weeks, the city has worked closely with Boulder County Public Health, Boulder Office of Emergency Management, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners across the county to monitor the spread, take precautions and to prepare plans for responding to the coronavirus. On March 12, 2020, a possible presumptive case of COVID-19 in Boulder County was announced. Because of this, and because of the increase of positive cases in the Denver Metro Area, Boulder County Public Health has recommended community mitigation strategies. The strong measures we are taking based on public health recommendations are designed to slow the spread of the virus, protect vulnerable populations, and help prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. We commit to providing our community information as it is available and continuing to work with the public health experts at Boulder County Public Health.

Effective at 3 p.m., Friday, March 13, the following changes are in place:

City Council, Boards and Commission Meetings

  • City Council meetings will be held and televised as scheduled.
  • All other boards and commission meetings are canceled through March 29, 2020.
  • For meetings held in Council Chambers, seating will be arranged to accommodate social distancing for attendees; we strongly encourage the public to view meetings from home on Boulderchannel8.com or Boulder TV8.  A remote call-in number will be available for public comment during council meetings beginning March 17.  
  • At this time, we strongly encourage everyone, especially those considered to be vulnerable, to participate remotely.

Parks and Recreation Services

  • Recreation Centers are closed through March 29. Parks and Recreation registered courses, childcare and drop-in classes are suspended at this time. One-day group volunteer events and projects are also canceled. The city will work to reschedule if possible or provide credits and pro-rated refunds to impacted participants, participants will be contacted directly as details are available.

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Public Programs

  • The Ranger Cottage will be closed through March 29. All OSMP public programs, including Voice and Sight Tag Program education classes, nature hikes and education programs are canceled.
  • One-day group volunteer events and projects are canceled.
  • OSMP is not currently issuing new special-use permits for large groups on city-managed open space. It also advises that bookings of OSMP facilities for weddings and other events may be subject to change.

Library Services

  • All library branches will be closed through March 29. All programs, services, classes, events, outreach activities and meeting room reservations are canceled, including (but not limited to): BoulderReads, Volunteer Services (including Home Bound), Children’s storytimes, and meeting and study rooms reservations.
  • Libraries will not accept returns at branches or book drops during this time; we ask those with library materials to hold on to these items until April 30.
  • As a reminder, many of the library’s resources are available for free online, including:
  1. Search the library catalog and place items on hold
  2. Check your library card to view your account or renew items
  3. eBooks, audiobooks, videos or music
  4. Search library databases
  5. Chat with a librarian 24/7 or email a question
  6. Setup a new library card

Older Adult Services (Formerly Senior Services)

  • All Age Well Centers are closed through March 29. All activities hosted at Age Well Centers are canceled, including city-facilitated trips to local and regional destinations.
  • As a reminder, Forever Fit  classes are available free online.
  • Café Classico, located at West Age Well Center, will be closed.
    • Meals on Wheels will continue home deliveries.

Water

Water and wastewater service are essential city operations. The city’s Utilities Department is committed to public safety and is using an abundance of caution to keep facilities staffed and operational 24/7 to ensure safe, reliable water and wastewater services.

  • Our current, standard drinking water treatment methods assure a complete disinfection process, with no threat of drinking water becoming a source of the virus.
  • Our wastewater recovery process uses an ultraviolet light disinfection system to assure the destruction of viruses before water is returned to Boulder Creek.
  • At this time, the Boulder Water Resource Recovery Facility and water treatment plants are currently not accepting reservations for tours.
  • Tours that were scheduled to occur are cancelled; participants with reservations will be contacted directly about the cancellation.

Planning & Development Services Center

Special Events

  • Current Boulder County Public Health guidelines to promote social distancing recommends (but at this time does not mandate) canceling or postponing large gatherings in our parks. The city will not cancel a third-party event unless there is a specific declaration or mandate from the city and/or the county. As such, the following events have been canceled or postponed:
    • The Beyond Pesticides Conference
    • EXPAND Banquet on March 17
    • Flatirons Golf Course Saint Patrick’s Day Scramble
  • The city has not canceled any permits for events scheduled on its property. However, we urge our community to carefully review the information that has been provided by public health organizations when deciding to attend. Please do not participate if you are sick.
  • The city will inform the event organizers of the Boulder County Public Health recommendations and let them decide whether they wish to cancel or reschedule their event. The city will allow for postponement where possible or cancellation with no financial penalty, and we are informing organizers of this option.
  • Events that do proceed will be required to follow CDC, State and or Public Health guidelines, including providing hand-washing stations, hand sanitizers and tissues. Additionally, they are recommended to clean high touch surfaces frequently.

We will continue to monitor any new developments and will be responsive to the guidance and directives of our partners in community health as they share new information. The city will continue to update the city’s website, BoulderColorado.gov/coronavirus, for current city operational impacts related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published: March 13, 2020

Media Contact:

Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959