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Countywide Rise in COVID-19 Cases to Result in New Capacity Restrictions for City Facilities and Services

Capacity to be reduced at Main Library and other city facilities 

City of Boulder facilities, services and programs will be impacted by new state restrictions prompted by a countywide rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced today that Boulder County will move to a more restrictive level of recovery called, “Level Orange: High Risk,” effective Friday, Nov. 6. This is a transition from the county’s current status of “Level Yellow: Concern.” This will result in new capacity restrictions in Boulder County for offices, retail, restaurants and a variety of other types of businesses and facilities. The county must be able to meet and hold certain metrics based on number of new COVID-19 cases, percent positivity and the impact on hospitals in order to move back to Level Yellow.

The following restrictions will go into effect starting Friday, and be in place until further notice, for the City of Boulder:

  • Main Library
    • Capacity reduced to 50 people or less
  • Parking Permits for In-Person Service
    • Please visit for the most up-to-date information
  • Parks & Recreation
    • Indoor sports leagues will be discontinued or relocated
    • Currently operating services will be modified in schedule, format or capacity including:
      • Outdoor sports leagues
      • Gymnasium and pool reservations by user groups
      • Fitness, Mind/Body, EXPAND, YSI, and Gymnastics courses
      • Permitted or contracted facility use
  • OSMP, Parks & Recreation and other city volunteer initiatives
    • If not already, groups will be limited to 10 people or less
  • Special event permits
    • Currently permitted events and permit applications will be held to the Level Orange guidance

City employees whose jobs are able to be performed remotely are required to telework until further notice. The City of Boulder 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

Published: Nov. 4, 2020

Media Contact: 

Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 720-908-5722