Message from Mayor regarding COVID-19
Dear Louisville Residents,
City Council and staff have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to do so. The health and well-being of the community is our top priority, and the City is committed to helping prevent the spread of the virus in our public spaces. We’ve been in close contact with agency partners like Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This message will provide information on how we are responding and how you can plan accordingly during the next few weeks.
The City Manager and staff have been participating in daily calls with Boulder County Public Health and the Boulder Office of Emergency Management to stay up-to-date on the situation as it rapidly evolves. Representatives also participating in these calls include: all Boulder County municipalities, the Sheriff’s Office, fire districts/departments, state health officials, school districts/institutions and courts. As you may know, CU Boulder recently reported that an employee tested positive, however this individual does not live in Boulder County.
Facility Closures/Event Cancellations
Effective March 14, 2020, the following City facilities will be closed until further notice: Recreation & Senior Center, the Library, the Museum and Arts Center. We’ve made the decision to close these facilities in an effort to protect public health and prevent the spread of the virus. We will continue to be proactive and work with our partner agencies in order to limit exposure and community-wide spread, especially to the most vulnerable populations. Most municipalities are taking similar actions as recommended by local health officials and CDPHE.
Please note: the Police Department, City Hall and Coal Creek Golf Course remain open at this time. The Senior Meal Site will offer curbside service during this closure starting on March 16th. If you have questions, please call before visiting City facilities. To view the list of cancelled or postponed events, visit the City's website and view the calendar at https://www.louisvilleco.gov/calendar. For cancelled or postponed events and programs at the Recreation & Senior Center, visit https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/recreation-senior-services. For an upcoming court date, visit https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/city-clerk-s-office/municipal-court.
While other City facilities remain open, we encourage the public to avoid public spaces/facilities, especially if ill. If you have business with the City, please email or call instead of visiting in person. Additionally, we are encouraging residents not to attend City Council meetings but watch on Channel 8 or stream online (https://www.louisvilleco.gov/government/meeting-videos) and submit comments/questions ahead of time by emailing email@example.com. All other board and commission meetings have been cancelled at this time. We are exploring options for electronic meetings and may be able to use this platform for some meetings until in-person meetings resume.
The City’s website (https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update) has been recently updated to provide important links to information on the situation. Please take some time to review these important details. We’ll continue to update this webpage with new information and share on other platforms like social media, Channel 8 and eNotifications.
If you have questions, please contact Boulder County Public Health (https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/) or the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (https://www.boulderoem.com/). You can also call the Colorado Health Emergency Line at 1-877-462-2911 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for answers in English and Spanish.
What You Can Do
As a reminder, you can protect yourself by practicing these everyday actions:
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Wash your hands frequently – remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hand.
- Practice respiratory etiquette
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick (especially those at higher risk including people who are 60 years and older, have underlying health conditions, have weakened immune systems or are pregnant).
- If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others, so you do not spread your germs – distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.
- Avoid large gatherings as recommended by Boulder County Public Health.
Also remember to support each other during this difficult time. We are facing a number of challenges including lack of childcare, access to groceries, financial struggles and so on. We are a strong community that pulls together when needed. Lastly, our local businesses will also experience increasing demands on services. Many of the employees at our grocery stores are working very hard to keep the shelves stocked. Please remember to exercise patience and compassion with one another if you encounter long lines or supply shortages.
Thank you for taking the time to review this information. While this is a difficult time for the community, we will work together to make it through. Please reach out to myself, City Council or staff with your concerns or needs.
Ashley Stolzmann, Mayor
City of Louisville