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On March 25th, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 17-20, which asks all Coloradoans to stay at home whenever possible. The order goes into effect at 6 am on March 26th and stays in effect through April 11th. The intent of the order is to reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the community and protect our health care facilities from being overwhelmed by cases.
All individuals are asked to stay home and businesses should implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible. Please refer to the order to see which businesses/operations are exempt as they are considered critical.
The order also calls for every effort to be made, by all persons, to conduct only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being, such as getting groceries and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
Who should I call with questions?
If you have questions about the order or other topics related to COVID-19, please visit the State’s website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/. Many questions can be answered through the resources at this site. If something is still unclear, you should call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For human and social services-related issues, please call 2-1-1.
Still have questions? You can call the Boulder County Call Center at 720-776-0822. Please note that specific legal guidance cannot be provided. The Center is open 8 am–8 pm, 7 days a week.
You can submit reports of violations of the stay at home order to Boulder County at https://bouldercounty.wufoo.com/forms/z1kb0mgd1xx03yf/. You can also submit violation reports to the Colorado Attorney General is taking reports of violations at email@example.com.
You may take part in outdoor activities that you engage in by yourself or with your household members, such as walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, running, etc.
Group sports or activities that would break Social Distancing Requirements are prohibited. You can’t, for example, gather with groups of friends at the park. When outdoors, please maintain social distancing requirements.
What are social distancing requirements?
Keeping 6 feet between all people at all times. The 6-foot rule does not apply to people who live in the same house as you, in other words, your roommates and family. But if you, your family, or your roomates get sick, they must self-isolate.
If you have questions about the order, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs.
Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) previously issued a Public Health Order asking residents to stay at home. This order has been rescinded following the formal adoption of the state's order. You can learn more here: https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/bcph-sah-order-rescinding.pdf.
On March 22nd, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 20-13, which orders businesses to reduce their in-person workforce by 50% or more if possible. On March 20th, he issued Executive Order 20-12, which limits evictions, foreclosures and public utility disconnections and expedites unemployment insurance claims to provide relief to those impacted.
On March 18th, Governor Polis issued two additional orders. Executive Order 20-07 temporarily suspends in-person instruction at all public and private elementary and secondary schools in Colorado from March 23rd to April 17th. Public Health Order 20-23 limits mass gatherings to no more than 10 people for the next 30 days.
On March 16th, Governor Polis released Public Health Order 20-22 to close down certain businesses across the state of Colorado through April 30th in an effort slow the spread of COVID-19. To learn more, visit https://www.louisvilleco.gov/Home/Components/News/News/4596/831.
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.
City Facilities - CLOSED
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 has closed all City facilities effective March 16, 2020 at 5 pm until further notice. This includes City offices, the Louisville Public Library, the Historical Museum, the Louisville Center for the Arts, the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center, Coal Creek Golf Course, and the Branch Recycle Site.
Essential services - OPEN
The City will continue to provide essential services to the community, including emergency response, public safety, water utilities and snow removal services and maintenance and operations of critical functions. The Louisville Police Department asks that residents only make contact with the Police Department for essential issues and continue to practice social distancing. In the case of an emergency, please continue to call 911.
Trash, recycling and compost
See the Trash, recycling and compost during COVID19 page for changes to Republic's service.
The City of Louisville is committed to providing Louisville residents with water utilities throughout the temporary closure of City facilities.
Our teams at Louisville’s Water and Wastewater Treatment facilities are working diligently, as they always do, to provide safe, clean drinking water to the residents of our city, and to ensure an efficient wastewater system. Visit Your Water and COVID-19 to find out how the City is keeping your water safe and what you can do to help.
Playgrounds, dog parks and other recreational facilities - CLOSED
Effective March 24, all Louisville playgrounds, public restrooms, picnic shelters, the skate park, in-line hockey rink, Community Dog Park, Davidson Mesa Dog Off-Leash Area, tennis courts, basketball courts, ball fields and the Louisville Sports Complex are closed until further notice to help maintain COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
Signs will be posted at all affected locations and visitors are asked to adhere to all closure notices. Please respect the City’s property during this time and stay on bike paths and sidewalks while recreating outdoors. Please refrain from walking on the golf course and other facilities not intended for public use.
Parks and open space - OPEN
At this time parks, open space, fields and trails remain open. Group sports or activities that would break Social Distancing Requirements are prohibited. You can’t, for example, gather with groups of friends at the park. Individuals must adhere to social distancing practices and maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others.
Why has the City closed indoor and outdoor facilities?
We’ve made the decision to close facilities in an effort to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 as recommended by BCPH 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.
Library books returns and fines
Items currently checked out have had due dates extended for the duration of the closure. No fines will accrue on any items for the duration of the closure. The Library is asking patrons to hold onto materials until further notice.
Non-essential City business
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.
Cancelled or postponed events
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.
What the City is doing
We want to assure you that we are concentrating efforts in our public spaces to mitigate the spread of germs and ask that you partner with us in this effort. At this time, we are taking the actions listed below; this plan will be updated as needed based on the evolving situation. We will continue to work with Boulder County Public Health and other partner organizations to coordinate and share information.
- We are 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, snow removal and emergency response services.
- We are encouraging individuals to stay home, especially if they are ill. If you have business with the City, please email or call us instead.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
- The Recreation & Senior Center is waiving all cancellation policies until further notice. We are also suspending auto debits for annual passes. Once the facility re-open’s we will work with all pass holders to extend their expiration date to mirror the time lost due to the closure. Regarding programming please email the program supervisor (https://www.louisvilleco.gov/government/departments/recreation/contact-info) to request a household credit, refund or with questions.
- Our current, standard drinking water treatment methods assure a complete disinfection process with no threat of drinking water becoming a source of the virus.
- Our wastewater recovery process uses an ultraviolet light disinfection system to assure the destruction of viruses before water is returned to Coal Creek.
Be Safer at Home
Public health officials have reported that asymptomatic transmission of the virus continues and further action is needed to lessen the impact. If we all do our part and comply with public health orders, we can 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) by slowing down spread of the virus. Avoid non-essential trips outside of the home that expose ourselves and others to the virus and choose to be Safer at Home.
Also please remember to protect yourself by doing the following:
- Comply with public health orders and stay at home. Only leave for essential activities like grocery shopping, picking up medical supplies/equipment and taking care of loved ones.
- 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).
Discrimination and stigma
Volunteering and donations
- You can read about donation and volunteer opportunities at: https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/coronavirus-update/community-resources. There is also information about taking care of yourself and resources for seniors.
Support local businesses
The City has launched a new website where you can find out how to support local businesses during COVID-19. LouisvilleCO.gov/SupportLocal. Even if you can’t buy something in-person, this is a great time to support a social media account or leave a Yelp or Google review for a business you’ve visited in the last year. Every little bit helps.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for answers in English and Spanish.
More information on COVID-19
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. You can get current information from Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as well as recommendations on what you can do to stay healthy.
Governor Polis announced the state’s new COVID-19 website at covid19.colorado.gov. The Governor also announced that childcare for essential workers (including but not limited to hospital and healthcare workers including ALL hospital support staff, police, EMT, firefighters and correctional officers, long-term care, mental health workers, etc.) is being made available via COVIDchildcareColorado.com.
Guidance on travel
- For guidance around personal travel, please see recommendations from Boulder County Public Health (https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid-spring-break-guidance.pdf) and the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html).