Public Health Order FAQs
Q: What is considered a “gathering?”
A: More than two people coming together or being physically near each other for any shared and common purpose, including socializing or participating in any activity together, including but not limited to shopping, dining, or exercising.
It doesn’t include
- Employees of any business, government, nonprofit, or not-for-profit while performing work for such entity
- Any educational activity explicitly permitted by:
- Naropa University
- Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
- Boulder Massage Therapy Institute
- Thai Healing Art Institute
- Montessori Educatin Center of the Rockies
- Dr. Ida Rolf Institute
- or any other education institution in the city of Boulder as approved by Boulder County Public Health
- Any life rites, such as wedding ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, funerals, other religious rites, and worship services, as authorized by and conducted in strict compliance with CDPHE Public Health Order 20-35
- Any programs that serve adults with disabilities
- Any activity required by law, such as jury service or participating in judicial proceedings
- Members of the same household while in their shared household space
- Students of K-12 schools participating in activities or classroom learning provided by or sanctioned by the K-12 school or program.
Q: Can a person aged 18-22 years still go to work at a private business, government, or non-profit? Can they perform jury service and testify as witnesses in court proceedings?
A: Yes, as long as they do not reside at one of the collegiate group homes that does not have an approved Infection Control Plan. Residents living at these addresses may not go to work unless they believe they will experience food insecurity or housing insecurity, in which case they should contact the BCPH Call Center at 720-776-0822.
Q: Can I go outside to exercise?
A: 18 to 22 year-olds (not under Stay-at-Home or isolation) may exercise outdoors alone or with five other people, so long as face coverings are worn as required by public health orders, and social distancing of 6 feet is maintained. People who reside at at one of the collegiate group homes that does not have an approved Infection Control Plan may only go outside to exercise alone and must remain near where they live.
Q: Can I eat out?
A: Residents living at at one of the collegiate group homes that does not have an approved Infection Control Plan may NOT dine at a restaurant nor at any other place outside their residence. They may, however, receive contactless delivery and may obtain curbside pickup from restaurants. Everyone else aged 18-22 years who doesn’t live at one of these addresses is encouraged to use curbside pickup and contactless delivery/pickup, but may dine with up to five other people, so long as face coverings are worn as required by public health orders, and social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
Q: May I go to the gym?
A: As long as you don’t live at at one of the collegiate group homes that does not have an approved Infection Control Plan, you may exercise alone or with five other people, so long as face coverings are worn as required by public health orders and social distancing of 6 feet is maintained. You may not participate in any group classes.
Q: Can I exercise on a campus field or public park if other people are around?
A: Yes, except that you must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all other people and wear a face covering if other people are approaching. If participating in a stationary form of exercise, like yoga, find an area where you can keep at least 25 feet from yourself and all other people. Exercise at off-peak hours when possible.
Q: I am not subject to Stay-at-Home. Can I go out to eat with an older friend or family member who is also not subject to this Order?
A: Yes, 18 to 22 year-olds not under Stay-at-Home or isolation may go out to eat with five other people.
Q: I am under isolation. What order applies to me?
A: Any person who is under isolation instructions, regardless of their age, must continue to isolate until you complete your isolation period. You are also still subject to all protective measures that are identified in your isolation instructions. If you complete your isolation and reside at one of the collegiate group homes that does not have an approved Infection Control Plan, you’ll need to continue staying at home. In other words, you must comply with the order even if you’ve completed your isolation period.
Q: I live in a dorm. Am I subject to Stay-at-Home?
A: Only the addresses listed as one of the collegiate group homes that does not have an approved Infection Control Planon the Stay-at-Home List are subject to Stay-at-Home. However, all people within the city of Boulder who are 18-22 years old are prohibited from gathering with more than five people – even in a dorm. Do not congregate in groups of more than 6, and maintain social distancing whenever you are in the city of Boulder, including within your dorm common areas.
Q: I am 18 but still in high school. How does this affect me?
A: 18-year-olds who are currently students in a K-12 school (high school) may participate in activities sanctioned or sponsored by their K-12 school, including K-12 classes and K-12 sports. Students currently completing their K-12 education may participate in activities with their household.
Q: I am a member of an intercollegiate sports team but I am between the ages of 18 and 22. Can I participate in team practice?
A: Your team must submit an Infection Control Plan to Boulder County Public Health and have it approved before you can participate in practices or other team activities of more than six people.
Q: What is the difference between isolation, stay at home, and the prohibition on gatherings?
A: Any person who has tested positive with COVID-19 or has symptoms must isolate, which means they should only leave their residence to obtain medical care and should obtain food via delivery. A person who must stay at home must stay at their residence except to get tested for COVID-19, seek medical care, obtain necessary supplies (via curbside pickup or contactless delivery), or to exercise alone. All 18 to 22 year-olds are prohibited from gathering anywhere within the city of Boulder, whether indoor or outdoor.
Q: What happens if I violate the Order?
A: A violation of a Public Health Order is a misdemeanor subject to criminal and civil penalties and fines. In addition, a violation of this Order is a violation of Boulder Municipal Court, and you will receive a summons to appear. Penalties include up to ninety days in Jail and a $1,000 fine. CU Students will also be reported to CU for potential discipline. CU Discipline can include exclusion from campus, suspension, and, in the worst cases, expulsion.
Q. What job protection do I have if I comply with the stay at home orders and do not go to work during this time period.
A. Senate Bill 20-205 requires all employers in the state, regardless of size, to provide each of their employees paid sick leave for reasons related to the COVID-19. The Colorado Labor Department has released emergency rules on paid sick leave for COVID-19. In addition there is state guidance to Employers/Businesses Regarding Employee Protections & Reasonable Accommodations due to COVID-19.
Q. Why was my address included on the Stay-At-Home list?
A. Properties identified as one of the collegiate group homes subject to stay-at-home requirements include properties that have documented histories of public health order violations as well as off-campus collegiate group homes that have many occupants between the ages of 18-22. Public Health has determined that off-campus collegiate group homes represent a significant source of COVID-19 transmission, both among residents and visitors, and that properties where public health order violations have occurred pose a significant threat of disease transmission due to documented occupant behavior. Prior quarantine directives do not relieve any person from complying with the terms of the public health order.
Q: I have a roommate. Does one of us have to move out so we don’t violate the Order?
A: No. You may socialize with your roommates or household members while you are in your room or your house. A dorm is not considered a household. For congregate housing and properties with more than four persons, (e.g., fraternities or sororities), your household consists of either just yourself or yourself and a person with whom you share a room. You may not gather with more than one other person when outside your room or your house.
Q: May I go to my volunteer position?
A: Persons who are not subject to Stay-at-Home orders may continue to volunteer as long as you are alone or with one other person only, and not interacting with other people. You may continue to work as long as you are not under the Stay-at-Home orders.
Q: May I attend a worship service or life rites ceremonies?
A: Individuals between the ages of 18 and 22 years are strongly encouraged to attend services virtually, but may attend life-rite ceremonies provided that they social distance, wear masks, etc. according to the state requirements.