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Public Health Order 2020-08 & 2020-09

Public Health Orders 2020-08 & 2020-09

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Collegiate Group Homes Order 2020-09

The goal of the Public Health Order 2020-09 is to provide clear guidance for collegiate group homes that are not otherwise regulated. The Order requires anyone living one of the list of collegiate group homes to continue under stay-at-home orders until they complete an isolation and quarantine plan.

Public Health Orders 2020-08 on Gatherings

The amended Public Health Order 2020-08, that went into effect Oct. 13 and expired on Dec. 15, provided a structure for loosening the restrictions from the original order through a series of graduated steps.

Stay-At-Home Requirements for Collegiate Group Homes

Residents of Identified Properties remain under the Stay at Home Order until their residence submits an infection control plan and has it approved by Public Health.

Residents under the order are prohibited from:

  • Leaving their residence except for Essential Activities and Essential Travel.
  • Attending in-person classes.
  • Using any mode of public transportation or rideshare (e.g. bus, plane, taxi, train, Uber, Lyft).
  • Allowing any non-household member to enter the residence, unless they are an Essential Visitor.
  • Moving from their residence unless relocating to an alternate location (see below)
  • Congregating in common areas of the residence. Face coverings must be worn in common areas, and residents must social distance
  • Participate in outdoor exercise with a group in any form
  • Travel for outdoor exercise by motorized means
  • Going to work unless they believe they will experience food insecurity or housing insecurity. If so, contact Public Health immediately at 720-776-0822 or email

Stay-at-Home Residents must:

  • Stay within walking distance of their residence
  • Make every effort to avoid other people
  • Wear a face covering at all times
  • Report their name and address to the City of Boulder within 24 hours of being given the Order
  • Notify Boulder County Public Health before relocating to an alternate location and:
    • Avoid non-essential activities and non-essential travel for 14 days upon arrival at the alternative location
    • Students are still subject to symptom monitoring, quarantine, and isolation requirements
    • Comply with the Stay-at-Home requirements and any additional quarantine requirements of the local jurisdiction
    • Notify all other occupants at the alternative location about the requirements before starting travel
    • Individuals who are in isolation (tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms) may not move to an alternative location.

Stay-at-Home Residents may:

  • Receive contactless food delivery or pickup curbside orders from restaurants
  • Return to the property after staying at an alternate location as long as they continue to adhere to the Stay at Home order as long as required, and, they have completed any required isolation period if they have been ill.

Stay-at-Home Residents do not include:

  • Minor dependents who live with the adult legally responsible for them
  • The adult responsible for the minor dependent

Note: anyone who believes following the Order will create food or housing insecurity should contact Public Health at, or call the call center at 720-776-0822.

Identified Stay-At-Home Properties

The Collegiate Group Homes Order applies to the following addresses in Boulder. Addresses without a status have not yet submitted a plan. Updated Oct. 13.

Address Infection Control Plan Status
1111 College Ave. Approved
1150 College Ave. Approved
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. Closed through Spring 2921 Semester
1715 Aurora Ave. Exempt
1511 Broadway Approved
1205 College Ave. Approved
1019 14th St. Approved
1080 14th St. Approved
1131 University Ave. Approved
1045 14th St. Approved
1043 Pleasant St. Approved
1146 12th St. Approved
911 17th St. Approved
1162 12th St. Approved
1058 13th St. Approved
1015 15th St. Approved
1011 16th St. Approved
1025 15th St. Approved
1128 Pennsylvania Ave. Approved
1209 Pennsylvania Ave. Approved
935 16th St. Approved
1333 University Ave. Approved
1134 University Ave. Approved
890 11th St. Approved
1002 University Ave. Approved
1122 12th St. Approved
1441 Broadway Approved
1127 Broadway Approved
1029 Broadway Approved
1010 12th St. Approved
1114 12th St. Approved
1044 13th St. Approved

All CU Students

Symptom Monitoring

  • All CU Students must monitor their health daily for the following COVID-19 symptoms: Fever of 100.4F or higher; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; chills; body aches; sore throat; headache; diarrhea; nausea; vomiting; runny nose.
  • Any CU Student who receives a positive COVID-19 test or develops COVID-19 symptoms must report any symptoms through the CU Daily Health Check or Boulder County Public Health.


  • Isolation: All CU Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including mild symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath, are required to:
    1. isolate according to CDPHE Public Health Order 20-35 for their entire isolation period in addition to
    2. Follow all Stay-at-Home requirements
    3. Remain at their current location or an alternate location:
    4. Students who test positive must follow all isolation instructions provided by BCPH and CU.
  • Report: Any CU Student who tests positive for COVID-19 and does not receive isolation instructions from Boulder County or CU within 2 days must report their positive test result to Public Health at 720-776-0822
  • Results: Requirements of the Order must be followed regardless of a negative test (surveillance, diagnostic, or otherwise) result or a positive antibody test.


  • All CU Students must cooperate with Public Health and CU Boulder contact tracing and case investigation efforts.


  • All CU Students engaged in Essential Travel must follow social distancing requirements

Financial Hardship Exemption

Students may apply for exemption from the Order due to financial hardship for the purpose of traveling to and from work ONLY. To stop transmission of the virus, this exemption is only available to those who are less likely to be contagious. The application requires that students demonstrate they:

  1. Have a job
  2. Have had a positive COVID test result in the past 90 days
  3. Have isolated properly:
    1. If never had symptoms, completed an isolation period of 10 days starting the day after the first positive test
    2. If had symptoms, complete an isolation period of 10 days, starting the day after first symptoms appeared AND must be fever free for at least 24 hours AND other symptoms have improved
  4. Have demonstrated ongoing food or housing insecurity in consideration of available support services

Financial, Food, Housing, Assistance and More

COVID-19 Food Bag Delivery Program

Are you having trouble affording food and unable to access other food assistance support services right now because of a COVID-19 exposure? This program is for food insecure individuals/families who:

  • Live in Boulder County
  • Were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 or are currently isolating/quarantining

Boulder County Public Health is partnering with Boulder County Farmers Markets, Harvest of Hope and Via Mobility to offer farm fresh produce bags and pantry staples delivered to your door.

Sign up by Wednesday for a delivery that following Monday. You can sign up for a maximum of 3 weeks in a row. Spots are limited. Please reach out with any questions about this food delivery program. You can email the program at or call 303-441-1382 (you must leave a voicemail).

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Public Health Guidance for Students Traveling Home

See the travel information available on the CU Website


CU Campus: any and all real property owned or occupied by CU Boulder.

CU Student: any person that is enrolled as a student at CU Boulder in any capacity, irrespective of level of enrollment (i.e. amount of course hours, part-time, full-time), as of the date of issuance of this Order.

Essential Activities:

  • To seek medical care, including COVID-19 testing.
  • To obtain necessary supplies using curbside pickup or contactless delivery. Necessary supplies include food, pet supply, medical supplies, other household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of a residence. Dining outside of the residence, whether at a business or another residence, is strictly prohibited.
  • To engage in outdoor exercise alone, and at least six feet distance from all other persons at all times.
  • Activities necessary to cast a ballot in the fall 2020 election. (vote by mail is strongly encouraged)

Essential Travel: Travel to perform Essential Activities or move to an alternative location within a 5-hour drive (without stopping)

Essential Visitor: visitors providing licensed medical care, house directors, housekeeping, cooking service providers, and CU Boulder dormitory employees

Face Covering: a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Mesh, netting, or similarly porous material does not meet the requirements or definition of a Face Covering. A Face Covering may be factory-made or may be handmade and improvised by using ordinary household materials. The Face Covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; allow for breathing without restriction; and either be constructed of disposable mask materials or include multiple layers of fabric that can be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape. Face Coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times and should remain in place until taken off safely. If a worker’s Face Covering moves during work, it must be replaced with one that does not need to be frequently adjusted in order to reduce touching of the face. A Face Covering should be replaced when it becomes dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through. Note that any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not a Face Covering under this Order and is not to be used to comply with this Order’s requirements. Valves of that type permit droplet release from the mask and can put others nearby at risk. A video showing how to make a Face Covering and additional information about how to select, wear, and clean Face Coverings may be found on the CDC’s website.

Gathering: more than one individual 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. A gathering does not include employees of any business while performing work for that business or any classroom learning activity explicitly permitted by the University of Colorado. Members of the same household while in their shared household space (e.g. a dorm room) together are not considered a gathering.

Household: the residential unit where an individual resides.

  • One household: Single family house, apartment, or similar housing occupied by 4 or fewer unrelated people
  • Multiple households within one house: On-campus residence halls (dormitories) and off-campus congregate housing (e.g. sorority and fraternity houses) with more than 4 unrelated occupants will likely have multiple households (roommates).

Stay-at-Home Resident: a person who resides at an identified property.

Social Distancing:

  • Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer when hand-sinks are not available
  • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
  • Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces
  • Not shaking hands

Report a concern about someone not following the Public Health Order


Boulder County Public Health is very aware of the fact that the order affects the liberties we enjoy as U.S. residents and has a greater impact on some groups more than others. Even so, the order falls within the BCPH’s legal authority to address the current public health crisis and comports with applicable constitutional requirements.

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-1-506(3)(b) authorizes BCPH to take action and issue notices and orders to control the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19. This authority includes the establishment, maintenance, and enforcement of isolation and quarantine as BCPH finds necessary to protect public health and to prevent further spread of diseases. This authority also includes the ability to investigate and abate nuisances when necessary in order to eliminate sources of epidemic or communicable diseases and conditions affecting the public health, and to investigate and control the causes of epidemic or communicable diseases and conditions affecting public health.

Individuals have a right to request judicial review of the Order by filing an action with Boulder County District Court pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat. §25-1-515.

NOTE: many laws differentiate people based on age, and this is permissible as long as there is a rational basis. For example, individuals under age 16 cannot drive in Colorado; individuals under age 21 cannot purchase alcohol or marijuana. Individuals under age 25 cannot run for congress. Government access to benefits may also be based on age.


  • 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 under the Student Code of Conduct process. CU Discipline can include exclusion from campus, suspension, and, in the worst cases, expulsion.

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