What to Know About COVID-19 and Downtown Boulder
(updated May 22, 2020)
The Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is staying in close contact with our partners locally (City and County of Boulder, Boulder Chamber, the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau and Colorado Tourism Office); throughout the state of Colorado (Downtown Colorado, Inc.) and nationally (International Downtown Association) to keep up-to-date information readily available. We are committed to insuring that the public is provided with accurate, updated information about public health conditions, not only in Boulder but throughout Colorado.
DBP's guiding principle is to seek and heed the most up-to-date expert guidance, and we urge the public to do the same.
Downtown Businesses are encouraged to utilize the Boulder Chamber's COVID-19 Business Resource Page for up-to-date details and information. Boulder County Public Health's website also provides a wealth of resources and news.
Closures / Cancelations / Temporary Changes to Business Operations
Starting May 18, 2020, Parking in City of Boulder garages through June 30, 2020 is $1.25/hour with an $8 max before 3 p.m. Mondays - Fridays. Between 3 p.m. - 3 a.m., parking in the garages is a $3 flat rate. Saturdays and Sundays, parking is free. Note, free parking only applies to the City of Boulder garages. (Overnight parking is not allowed; no parking between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily.) On-street parking includes a 20 minute grace period for curbside pickup, takeout/delivery options then normal on-street rates apply ($1.25/hour with a 3 hour limit).
Beginning May 9, 2020, every person older than 12 years old will be required to wear a face covering when in public anywhere in Boulder County where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
The order does include exceptions, including for people working alone in an office, anyone whose health would be negatively impacted by wearing a face covering, children aged 12 years and younger, and first responders under certain circumstances (CDPHE Order 20-26 requires first responders to wear Face Coverings).The Order defines “face covering” as a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. They may be factory-made or handmade and improvised using ordinary household materials.
Details of the Public Health Order are available at www.boco.org/covid-19. While fines and penalty’s can be assessed for not following a public health order, enforcement will rely on education and individual responsibility for the good of the community as a whole.
Also starting May 9: Safer-at-Home begins: Along with other counties in the Denver Metro region, Boulder County will allow the current extension of the state’s Stay-at-Home Order to expire at midnight on May 8. Starting May 9, Boulder County moves into Level 2: Safer at Home. Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions.
People should be prepared for state and local public health orders to be extended, amended, or changed as needed to protect public health. This means we may move between the different levels during this pandemic. Visit the state website to learn more.
Boulder County Extends Stay-At-Home Order through May 8, 2020. The Stay-At-Home Orders, as applied in Boulder County, are amended to permit “Non-Critical Businesses” to offer curbside delivery of products. View Guidelines.
Colorado was under a statewide Stay-at-Home Order through April 26, 2020. For information from the state, go here.
Updated April, 2020: City of Boulder Parking Garages are FREE through until further notice to allow for greater business walk-up capacity along Boulder’s downtown core. Please take a ticket upon entry and scan it when leaving to open gate. Note, free parking only applies to City of Boulder garages. (Overnight parking is not allowed; no parking between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily.)
How to Support Downtown Boulder Businesses
Love the Local. This is our organization’s trademarked logo that has more meaning in the current moment than ever before. Small business owners employ 47% of the private workforce. In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated.
Many of the employees who work at these businesses are our family, friends and neighbors. This is our time to come together as a community and help. Business owners are taking into account the tremendous impacts - physical, emotional and financial temporarily closing their doors have on their workers and families.
If you can help, please consider these options...buy local online; buy gift cards NOW that can be used later; order takeout or delivery; show support through social channels. Let the small business community know that we are in this together. Now more than ever #LoveTheLocal
The Downtown Boulder Partnership will be updating this page regularly. If we have missed something, or you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Downtown Boulder Partnership is working hand in hand with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce to provide small business owners with tools and resources needed over the coming days and weeks ahead. Please visit their resouce page frequently as it is being updated on a regular basis.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
General questions about COVID-19:
Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Information
CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus web page
CDC One Sheets (PDF Downloads):
Share Facts about COVID-19
What You Need To Know
What To Do If You Are Sick
Stop the Spread of Germs Poster
World Health Organization
Keeping Your House Disenfected