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City of Boulder Enhances Its Citywide Boulder Business Recovery Program Through the Winter.

The city’s Boulder Business Recovery Program (BBRP) has helped over 100 Boulder businesses reopen this summer.

The program was created by the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling businesses to expand outside to help offset capacity limits put in place under the state’s Safer at Home order. 

The latest version of this citywide program aims to help local businesses stay open for winter by continuing outdoor expansion options. The winter program enhancement makes room for temporary structures and heating elements to make being outdoors more comfortable when the temperature drops. Street closures currently in place along west Pearl Street and on University Hill will remain in effect and the HOP bus will continue to run on a modified route. The program will begin accepting applications on Oct. 12.

In the spirit of the program, the extension process will be as seamless as possible for local businesses. Expansion permits and curbside pickup locations already issued under the BBRP will automatically be extended through Feb. 28, 2021, a date which may be extended as the pandemic continues to impact our community. There is no requirement that businesses notify the city if they do not wish to continue their expansion after Oct. 31. Visit the city’s program webpage for more information including application criteria, tent and heating options and details concerning alcoholic beverage sales (which are authorized/governed by the State of Colorado).

“COVID-19 has been difficult for the entire community and its economic impacts continue to impact our local businesses,” said Community Vitality Department Director Yvette Bowden. “We are hopeful this program will continue to help ease the burden.”

The City of Boulder continues to support efforts that prioritize public health and safety and the recovery of local businesses. The extension of outdoor winter options for Boulder businesses is only one of several ongoing city efforts responding to the pandemic’s lingering impacts. For more information about the city’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and for business resources, visit the city’s COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.

Media Contacts: 
Julie Causa, Media Relations, 719-396-1733
Jen Bray, Media Relations, 720-413-4215

Published Oct. 8, 2020