Information and resources for COVID-19 business impacts will be shared here, as they are developed.

The city’s Community Vitality Department is working with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Boulder Chamber, Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Boulder Partnership, Latino Chamber of Boulder County, Boulder County and other partner organizations to appreciate, anticipate and appropriately respond to short- and long-term business needs.

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Colorado Disproportionately Impacted Business Grant applications will be open through Oct. 3, 2021 for grant awards from $1,500 to $10,000. Grants are intended to help Colorado businesses that were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with expenses that have not been covered by other federal, state or local funding. The program has very specific eligibility requirements and the application requires detailed financial information. Individual grants cannot exceed the net financial loss the business experienced due to the pandemic from March 26, 2020 to the date of the application. More information and application link.

New Vaccine Verification Program allows businesses to offer mask-free facilities and events for their customers, staff and partners. Boulder County Public Health is now accepting applications for the Vaccine Verification Program (VVP), which is an exception to the mask order for businesses who have developed and enacted specific policies, met several requirements and received approval from BCPH.

Approved businesses must have 95% of all individuals in their facility fully vaccinated, including employees, staff, guests, members, visitors, children, etc. The calculation of the 95% must include all people in the indoor space, including the unvaccinated, exempt individuals and those who are ineligible for the vaccine (i.e. under 12). Small business employers (less than 100 employees) who cannot reach the threshold of 95% of employees vaccinated are encouraged to call 970-599-1256. Additional mitigation strategies are encouraged for all indoor spaces, including improved ventilation, increased distancing, limited capacities, symptom screening, and good hand hygiene. Once approved, the facility or event must post signs at all entrances indicating proof of vaccination is required for entry. Once approved, the mask exception can apply to an entire building 24/7, certain times and dates, certain rooms within the facility, or can be applied to a single event, such as a large wedding.

Detailed information and applications for the Vaccine Verification Program can be found at www.boco.org/VaxVerification.

Boulder County Mask Order & Fully Vaccinated Facility Program

The Boulder County Board of Health approved Public Order 2021-08 requiring facial coverings for anyone 2 years or older in public indoor spaces during periods of substantial or high-transmission of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status went into effect on Sept. 3, 2021.

While there is no individual vaccination exception to masking, businesses, facilities and events can voluntarily become an Approved Verified Vaccinated Facility or Event. Once approved by Boulder County Public Health, approved fully vaccinated facilities and events may allow individuals within the approved indoor space to remove their masks. Applications for the Vaccine Verification Program opened Friday, Sept. 24.

Below are "Masks Required" posters that can be downloaded and printed at 8.5" x 11".

Boulder Business Recovery & Curbside Pick-Up Zone Programs

As part of its efforts to support local businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boulder is offering the Boulder Business Recovery Program and the Curbside Pick-Up Zone program, through April 30, 2022. The program converts some existing loading zones and other parking spaces in downtown Boulder and on University Hill for general curbside pick-up use. The program also provides an online application for new curbside pick-up zones for businesses that are not in the vicinity of an existing zone. These curbside pick-up zones will be free of charge for 10 minutes to provide patrons and services enough time to pick-up orders, and will be clearly signed in English and Spanish.

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Operating Safely and Supporting Social Distance Guidelines