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City of Boulder to Adjust Services Based on County’s New COVID-19 Dial Status

The City of Boulder will be adjusting operations and staffing in preparation to expand some services, in accordance with new COVID-19 public health protocols.


Boulder County moved to a less restrictive status, “Level Yellow: Concern,” on Feb. 6 after Colorado implemented a new COVID-19 dial. The dial dictates public health protocols that counties must follow based on the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospital capacity and other metrics over a seven-day period. The move to Level Yellow will allow for loosened capacity restrictions in Boulder County for offices, retail, restaurants and a variety of other types of businesses and facilities.

The following City of Boulder service changes will go into effect starting Monday, Feb. 8, unless noted otherwise, and will be in place until further notice:

  • Main Library capacity restrictions will remain unchanged. Holds carryout service is available at the Meadows Branch Library.
  • Parking front office in-person services will be offered by appointment only. All other services are offered via phone (303-413-7300), email ([email protected]) or through the city’s online parking portal.
    • Recreation center capacities will increase to 50% or less.
    • East Boulder Community Center leisure pool will be open for limited family/household use by reservation.
    • AquaFit classes will start again Monday, Feb. 15.
    • Sports league planning will begin, though registration is not yet available.
  • Activities currently permitted and permit applications under review will be held to the Level Yellow guidance (subject to change by the state).
  • Film and event organizers must submit a COVID-19 safety plan in compliance with the current public health orders with any permit request.

In addition to shifting to Level Yellow, the City of Boulder issued an emergency order this week allowing daycare, education, supervision and learning activities to take place within private dwelling units. These activities, which are essential to the community's health, safety and welfare, must consist of 12 or fewer people and follow all state and local public health orders.

The City of Boulder commends community members for their vigilance in following public health protocols, which has helped reduce the number of COVID-19 cases. At the same time, the city encourages everyone to continue doing their part.

The city will continue to adjust its operations as needed to safely and effectively provide critical services, resources and information to our community throughout the pandemic. The city is working closely with Boulder County, Boulder County Public Health and other partner organizations to respond to and recover from COVID-19. For more information, visit bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus.

Media Contact:
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 720-564-2111

Published Feb. 9, 2021