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City of Boulder Remains Committed to Easing COVID-19’s Impact on Local Restaurants

The City of Boulder remains committed to supporting the local business community, including restaurants, as it navigates the impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

As we approach summer and continue to see increased community access to COVID vaccinations and updated public health guidance, restaurants will be tasked with adapting to current health and safety guidelines.

To make this as seamless as possible, the city has established several programs designed to simplify the process for local restaurants. Here is the latest information:

Boulder’s Business Recovery Program continues outdoor expansion through Oct. 31

Earlier this year, the city extended the Boulder Business Recovery Program (BBRP), which enables restaurants to expand outside to help offset reduced indoor capacity. Recognizing that the pandemic’s impacts have been far reaching and that indoor capacity limits have shifted, the city has committed to keeping this program in place through Oct. 31, 2021. Previously, the program was set to expire on the earlier of lifted indoor dining restrictions or Oct. 31, 2021. This program has helped about 150 local businesses since it was launched last year.

Temporary modification of alcohol licenses and other alcohol related items

Restaurants participating in the BBRP program should be aware that the State of Colorado Beverage Licensing Division controls the length of alcohol licenses modifications. At this time, the temporary modification goes through Oct. 31, 2021, which coincides with the city’s BBRP extension timeframe. As a reminder, businesses which were previously approved for temporary modifications of their liquor licenses for outdoor service areas that intend to amend their footprint for outdoor service must reapply. Please email [email protected] for assistance with amended application requirements

Street closures and in-street barricades accommodating parklets

The city will continue current HOP bus re-routing and street closures at the west end of Pearl Street and University Hill Event Street through Oct. 31, 2021. There are no additional street closures planned for BBRP. To enhance safety during the winter, the city required in-street barricade installation for all parklets located in the right of way. Businesses should note that these barricades (excluding those required for city-implemented street closures) may, at the business owner’s discretion and expense, be removed and replaced by other approved markers to separate the space from the roadway in May after the risk of seasonal snow and ice.

Previously installed heaters and tents

Some businesses have installed heaters, tents and yurts as part of their parklet for the winter. The city would like to remind businesses that such items may, at the business owner’s discretion and cost, remain in place through the end of the BBRP program. If businesses opt to remove structures, the city requests that they remove them before 9 a.m. on weekdays to reduce potential interactions with pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles.

Restaurant Industry Grants Program under the American Rescue Act

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act, will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars across the country. This fund will offer grants to hard-hit restaurants and bars, with restaurants able to apply for grants based on lost revenue. Five billion dollars of that total will be set aside for businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000. More information on this new opportunity can be found here. Applications are planned to open on the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 relief options webpage later this month.

These programs, complemented by the city’s existing relationship with Nosh Boulder capping their third-party local food delivery services at 15% and the city’s collaboration with the Boulder Business Response and Recovery Alliance to provide a state 5-Star Certification Program, aid the community’s ongoing economic recovery and are intended to provide assistance to Boulder’s restaurants in this challenging time.

The City of Boulder continues to support efforts that prioritize public health and safety and the recovery of local businesses. For more information about the city’s COVID-19 response and 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 April 8, 2021