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City of Boulder Issues Emergency Declaration Concerning Group Gatherings in Public Spaces

The City of Boulder has issued an emergency declaration concerning group gatherings.  City Manager Jane Brautigam today signed the order effective immediately. 

The declaration establishes that no person shall organize, promote, or stage an event or gathering intended, or which can reasonably be expected to draw an attendance of 10 or more participants and any spectators in any park, parkway, recreation area, street, sidewalk, the Pearl Street Mall, or any other publicly-owned space. This does not include any public transportation waiting area or any city-authorized work, such as trail maintenance or construction.

As stated in the declaration, this order is necessary to prevent the assembly of large groups of people which will present a risk of infection during the disaster emergency. Once issued, this order may be changed from time to time during the period of a declared disaster emergency based upon the discretion of the city manager.

The City of Boulder has closed all city buildings and facilities to the public effective March 15 through March 29. The city previously announced the cancellation of all boards and commissions meetings and the closure of libraries, recreation centers and age well centers through March 29. The city will continue to provide essential city services to the community, including public safety, water utilities and emergency response services. 

Many city services are available online. The city encourages the community to check the city’s service web pages for more information.

The city, in partnership with health officials, will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and provide updates to the community. Visit for the latest city information. For updates from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, visit

Published: March 17, 2020

Media Contacts:

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