Message from the Mayor - Be Safer at Home
Dear Louisville Resident,
I am writing today to urge everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to stay home! We have seen a number of public health orders aimed at limiting exposure to the virus. These include temporary suspension of elementary and secondary schools, limiting of mass gatherings to no more than 10 people and the closure of bars, restaurants and non-essential services. These measures are intended to limit close contact and social spread of the disease.
We are hearing from public health officials that asymptomatic transmission of the virus continues and further action is needed to lessen the impact. While not mandated at this time, I would like to encourage everyone to stay home and limit non-essential trips. Join me in being Safer at Home. Many other mayors along the Front Range will be sharing this same message with their communities.
If we all do our part to protect those most at risk (i.e. people who are 60 years and older, have underlying health conditions, have weakened immune systems or are pregnant), we can help slow down the spread of the virus. We all know someone who is at risk and needs our support. We can do this by avoiding unnecessary trips outside of the home that expose ourselves and others to the virus.
We can still enjoy outdoor activities like walking and may need to make essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy (as long as we maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from others). However, we can choose to avoid other types of non-essential activities and gatherings that put our loved ones in jeopardy. If we choose to be Safer at Home and help slow down social spread, we may be able to avoid a mandatory order to shelter in place.
I hope you will join me in taking this voluntary step. I urge Louisville employers to consider if employees can complete work remotely rather than being on-site and for residents to think carefully whether that next trip outside the home is truly necessary. Also please remember to protect yourself by doing the following:
- If you are sick, stay home. Contact a health care provider for guidance if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently – remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others (within 6 feet).
Lastly, while you are urged to stay home, there are other ways to support local businesses, which are important part of our community. Visit http://www.louisvilleco.gov/supportlocal for more details on special offers like takeout food, curbside pickup, gift cards and online shopping. Even if you can’t buy something, this is a great time to support a social media account or leave a Yelp or Google review for a business you visited in the last year. Every little bit helps.
For more information, visit the City’s website at https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update. If you have questions, please contact Boulder County Public Health. 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.
Mayor Ashley Stolzmann