City Closes All City Facilities Effective March 16, 2020 at 5 pm
There continue to be new presumptive cases in Boulder County and we anticipate that there will be social spread of COVID-19 within the region in the coming days. After consulting with internal and external partners including guidance from the Governor’s Office and following the Federal/State declarations of disaster emergency, the City of Louisville will operate under precautionary principles and will be proactively closing all City facilities effective March 16, 2020 at 5 pm until further notice. The City will continue to provide essential services to the community, including public safety, water utilities and emergency response services.
We’ve made the decision to close facilities in an effort to protect public health and prevent the spread of the virus as recommended by Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Most municipalities are taking similar actions. City staff will continue to work during the closure but are encouraged to work from home if possible or consider flexible schedules/shifts to avoid exposure.
If you have non-essential business with the City, please email or call. We are temporarily suspending all in-person services, including most building inspections (call the Planning/Building Safety Department for more details). Staff is working to offer services remotely in the meantime. Additionally, residents should not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All other board and commission meeting 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 events resume.
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.
Local Declaration of Disaster Emergency
The City declared a local disaster emergency on March 15th. The declaration can be viewed online at https://www.louisvilleco.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=26483. The declaration of local disaster emergency allows the City to access emergency funds, Federal and State assistance, adjustments to policies, procedures and ordinances to ensure the public’s health and welfare and remove barriers to support our timely response to COVID-19.
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. We’ll continue to share new information as it becomes available.
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.
The City’s website (https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update) is continuously 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 email@example.com for answers in English and Spanish.