City of Boulder Buildings and Facilities to Remain Closed Through April 30
All city buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public until April 30; Mayor asks governor to extend state Stay at Home order to April 30
Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam today announced that all city buildings and facilities would remain closed until April 30, extending the original April 19 closure date. In addition, Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver joined Colorado mayors to urge Gov. Polis to extend the state’s Stay at Home Order until April 30. The decision follows the state order to keep schools closed.
Gov. Jared Polis ordered all public and private elementary and secondary schools in Colorado to stay closed until April 30 to further decrease the spread of COVID-19. This announcement extends most school districts' closures by about two weeks.
While not taking a position on expanding other elements of the statewide Stay at Home order, the governor did cite the importance of keeping schools closed as an essential action in enforcing physical distancing directives and reducing the surge on hospitals around the state.
“Given that the predicted surge in cases and deaths attributable to COVID-19 will occur closer to April 17, we now believe that the state’s April 11 date is too soon to end the requirement to stay at home,” said Mayor Weaver. “However, we continue to want to closely coordinate with the state on such matters. Toward that end, we urgently requested that the governor extend the effective date of the state order to a date that preserves our health care system and allows our economy to move forward without risk of additional surges, to at least until April 30.”
In line with the governor’s decision to keep schools closed schools, the city will continue to keep its buildings closed to the public through April 30 to match the closure of schools.
“We feel it’s important that the city limit confusion around Stay at Home requirements and for us to follow the lead of the State of Colorado in closing city facilities in sync with the extended school closures,” said Brautigam. “Aligning our closure dates with Boulder County and the state sends a consistent message to the public and helps our employees with young children to continue to work from home as we all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our shared commitment to stopping the spread of COVID 19 is the most effective way of protecting the community and getting back to normal.”
In addition, city employees will continue to provide essential law enforcement, human services, water utilities, road maintenance, and trails and open space management. Individuals and businesses needing assistance may visit the city’s COVID-19 Individual and Families Resources page or COVID-19 Business Resources page or Boulder County’s COVID-19 Resources page for available programs and financial assistance.
Published: April 2, 2020
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959