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City of Boulder Issues Order Prohibiting Large Groups on Publicly Owned Areas

Order, effective immediately, bans events of 20 or more in publicly owned areas

City Manager Jane Brautigam today signed an order effective immediately that no person shall organize, promote, or stage an event or gathering intended, or which can reasonably be expected to draw an attendance of 20 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. The full order is available online.

City Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. This meeting will be televised on Boulder Channel 8 and livestreamed on Per order of the city manager, no members of the public are permitted to attend in person. At the meeting, council will consider an extension of the local disaster emergency, including the approval to hold virtual City Council meetings.

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.

On Saturday, March 14, The City of Boulder declared a local disaster emergency in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it is having on the city. The declaration provides the city manager with the tools necessary to protect public health and safety during a state of emergency. As stated in the declaration, Boulder faces an imminent threat to life and public health resulting from the novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 disease. The city believes timely action will help to minimize the impact to the community.

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 16, 2020

Media Contacts:

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