Most City of Boulder Buildings and Facilities to Remain Closed Through June 1
Most City of Boulder buildings and facilities to remain closed through June 1
Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam today announced an extension of the city’s April 30 facility closure date and stated most city buildings and facilities will remain closed until at least June 1.
City facilities and buildings have been closed since March 15. Most city employees are telecommuting; public safety, street crews and other essential employees who work within the community are following Center for Disease Control and state guidelines to reduce exposure to COVID-19. In the coming weeks, city staff will develop a phased approach to reopening facilities with a focus on those programs and services that can be accomplished by appointment. The city will seek to limit public gatherings to prevent community and staff exposure to the virus.
“The patience and cooperation of Boulder’s community members and businesses is highly valued,” said Brautigam.
“In the weeks to come, we hope to see 14 consecutive days of decline in COVID-19 cases that will allow us to implement a phased approach to restoring city operations,” said Brautigam. “The governor announced that the state will begin to reopen the economy with tight guidelines to prevent a new spike in hospital cases, and we are still working to understand the details of the Safer at Home transition. The city will continue to work with Boulder County Public Health Officials and partner organizations to provide greater clarity for the community and for a measured approach returning to normal over time.”
The City of Boulder’s restoration of city services will occur in four phases with a flexible timeline. There is no set time limit for any phase, and it will be determined based on public health guidelines.
- Phase 1 – “Limited Travel:” This phase will respond to the initial “Safer at Home” easing issued by the state. The goal is to retain 60-65% social distancing.
- Phase 2 – “Open-Limited:” This phase will begin to reopen city facilities and services in accordance with public health guidance.
- Phase 3 – “Open-except large gatherings and vulnerable populations:” This phase will re-open many city services and facilities, with restrictions on gatherings and protections for vulnerable populations.
- Phase 4 – “Fully Open:” This phase will return services to the new normal.
The city will continue to align its phased approach with Boulder County Public Health and neighboring municipalities in order to help protect community members and reduce any anticipated strain on our local health care system.
In addition, city employees will continue to provide essential law enforcement, human services, water utilities, road maintenance, and trails and open space management. Individuals and businesses needing assistance may visit the city’s COVID-19 Individual and Families Resources page or COVID-19 Business Resources page or Boulder County’s COVID-19 Resources page for available programs and financial assistance.
Published: April 23, 2020
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 720-607-2791