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New Types of Boulder Businesses Allowed to Reopen Starting May 9

Boulder and Boulder County transition to statewide Safer-at-Home Order

New types of businesses in Boulder will be allowed to open under strict guidelines starting May 9, the day Boulder County’s Stay-at-Home Order expires.

Going forward, Boulder County and the City of Boulder will follow statewide Safer-at-Home requirements  Community members are still encouraged to stay at home, but critical businesses are open and non-critical business can operate with restrictions. Here’s a high-level look at which businesses will be allowed to open and how:

Business Type Operating Status under Safer at Home
Restaurants, bars, coffee shops Open for pickup, carry-out, delivery and curbside delivery
Personal services, e.g. hair salons, tattoo shops, personal trainers, massage therapists Open with strict guidelines
Nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, non-therapeutic massage Closed
Field services, e.g., real estate One-on-one showing permitted, no open houses
Retail Open for pickup, carry-out, delivery and curbside delivery as well as limited in-store shopping within strict guidelines
Non-critical healthcare, e.g., non-emergency dental, optometry, acupuncture, massage therapy Open with strict guidelines
Post-secondary institutions May begin in-person classes for subjects that cannot be taught remotely with compliance with strict guidelines
Non-critical office based Can open to 50% of employees with strict guidelines

Businesses have made it a priority to operate in a manner that keeps employees and customers safe. Under the City of Boulder’s emergency order requiring masks, all present must wear a non-medical face covering to protect the health and safety of all those in our community, including patrons, employees and vendors. Boulder County will also require facial coverings beginning May 9. Every person 12 years old or older will be required to wear a face covering when in public anywhere in Boulder County, including outside, where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

Sales tax revenues help pay for important services in our community such as police, fire, public libraries, recreation centers and more. You can help support our community by safely shopping local. Several organizations have created lists detailing which Boulder businesses are open or plan to reopen. Here are two lists to check out:

Our community has proven time and again that we are resilient in the face of a crisis. We will continue to be, even as many Boulder businesses re-organize how they operate. A few local businesses talked with us about some of the changes they’ve made during COVID-19 to ensure the safety of customers and employees as we all work together in this difficult time.

Art Source International – 1237 Pearl St.

“We’re celebrating our 40th year in business this year... this is our biggest challenge we have faced so far. We need the support of the local Boulder community now, more than ever. Through this entire time, we've had to get more creative. We've been using social media a lot more and that's really helped to get the message out.”  - Katie Olson, manager

 Island Farm – 1122 Pearl St.

“As soon as the order was issued, we worked tirelessly to create an online store...We can't wait to see our customers again and open our doors. We are all riding this wave together, and we are so grateful for the support we've received during this uncertain time.” - Megan Lewis, store manager

Café Aion – 1235 Pennsylvania Ave.

“As we are all adjusting to this new normal, our focus has been adapting and improving our little café...We've launched online ordering for the first time and re-hired furloughed staff to serve as delivery drivers.” - Dakota Soifer, owner

Pedestrian Shops – 1425 Pearl St. and 2525 Arapahoe Ave.

"We have loved serving our customers for the last 50 years and look forward to doing so for the next 50. When the time is right, we will welcome you back into our stores with open arms (from 6 feet apart) and smiling faces (safely behind masks)." -  Zoe Polk, store manager

Boulder Book Store – 1107 Pearl St.

"We spent last week figuring out how best to position people around the store so that we could answer phones, fulfill orders, do curbside, and sell books without people getting in each other's way... We are also, of course, working hard to make sure our workstations stay sanitized and clean! Cleaning takes place once an hour...These past few weeks have been hard for everyone, but we have been blown away by the love and support we've received from the Boulder community! Your words of encouragement in emails, your shout outs on social media, and your online purchases of gift cards and mystery bags have meant so much to us, and we're excited to reopen curbside pickup so we can see your beautiful faces through our store windows." - Stephanie Schindhelm, marketing & promotions manager

Jacque Michelle Gifts & Fashion – 2670 Broadway

"We have had the social media platforms before the pandemic, but we are launching this new e-commerce site and it has been challenging...we’re starting with about 200 items for the online e-commerce site...we’re steaming clothes after someone tries them on.” -  Kathy Blockwick and Janet Taffet, co-owners,

Hurdle’s Jewelry – 1402 Pearl St.

“We are following the social distancing directive and wearing masks along with sanitizing everything we touch ... We are here for you in whatever capacity you need. You can call us or use our website for any questions or to make a purchase. Thanks for all of the support while we were closed. We look forward to seeing our friends again.”   - Keith Hurdle, owner

Two Sole Sisters – 1703 Pearl St.

"Please continue to support your independent businesses. We are all in this together and we can move forward in a positive way with continued local support...We would love for customers to continue shopping via our website.” -  Laurel and Lindsey Tate, co-owners (and sisters)

Published: May 7, 2020