PLEASE NOTE: We are reviewing the Colorado Stay-At-Home Order and will provide further guidance when our review is complete.
On March 25, 2020, Boulder County Public Health (in coordination with public health departments for Adams, Arapaho, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties) instituted Stay at Home Order, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. The order requires all individuals anywhere in Boulder County to stay at home (also known as shelter in place) except for certain defined essential activities, work, and services. The order is in place until April 17, 2020, although it’s possible it may be extended.
Boulder County Stay at Home Order
Intent of the Order
The Order is issued based on evidence of increasing occurrence of COVID-19 within Boulder County, scientific evidence and best practices about the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases generally and COVID-19 specifically, and evidence that the age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of Boulder County places it at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19.
Because even people without symptoms may transmit the disease, and because evidence shows the disease is easily spread, gatherings can result in transmission of the virus. The scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible; one proven way is to limit interactions among people as much as possible practicable.
Learn How the Order Will Impact You
Please read the details below closely and use your best judgement to determine if the guidance applies to your situation, keeping in mind that the purpose of the order is to significantly reduce people’s contact with others.
Purpose of the Stay at Home Order
The intent of this order is to ensure that the maximum number of people isolate themselves in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible, while at the same time enabling essential services, businesses and travel to continue.
When people do need to leave their places of residence, they should always comply with social distancing requirements. These are:
- Most importantly: maintaining at least six feet between individuals
- Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Covering coughs or sneezes
- Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces
- Not shaking hands
Everyone living in Boulder County, including cities and towns within the county, are ordered to stay at their place of residence.
- Residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities.
- When outside the residence and using any shared or outdoor spaces, you must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others.
- People may only leave their residences for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, as defined below.
- Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter.
All businesses with a facility in Boulder County, except those defined as Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the county, except any Minimum Basic Operations, as defined below.
- Businesses may continue operations where their employees, contractors and volunteers work remotely or from home.
- All Essential Businesses are asked to remain open. Essential Businesses must comply with Social Distancing Requirements of maintaining a six-foot distance from others, including employees and members of the public, (e.g. customers standing in line).
- Essential Businesses are encouraged to consider delivery, drive-thru, and pick up options to minimize exposure between individuals.
All public or private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited, other than gatherings of a single household or living unit.
All travel, except Essential Travel and travel that is a part of Essential Activities is prohibited.
Documentation Is Not Needed for Essential Travel
Proof of essential travel is not required to engage in such travel. However, individuals should be prepared to explain and support the permissibility of their travel in case they are questioned by Boulder County Public Health or law enforcement.