A message from the Mayor – July 31, 2020
Governor Polis commented this week that despite rising cases in Colorado, we still have time to turn things around. State health officials are working hard to determine how we can get the rate of the virus’ spread back down to a manageable level so we can avoid another economic shutdown. In order to do our part to limit the spread of the virus, all Coloradans should stay home whenever possible, older Coloradans and those at higher risk of suffering from complications of COVID-19 should stay at home, and we should all continue to wear facial coverings.
BVSD reopening plans
As many of you are aware, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) have released their reopening plans for the upcoming school year. To keep our schools open, we must continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 so please continue to follow all of the advice I mentioned above.
As part of the City’s phased reopening plans, the Louisville Public Library reopened to patrons for limited hours. Everyone is required to wear a facial covering, practice social distancing, wash their hands, and limit time in the library to 30 minutes or less, if possible. The popular Curbside Service will also continue.
The Recreation Center reopened on July 1 and I’ve heard that guests are doing a great job of following safety guidelines and the requirement to wear a facial covering. Thank you to everyone for continuing to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
A Message from the Mayor – July 17, 2020
Yesterday Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020-138, which requires all individuals over 10 years old to wear a face covering while in a public indoor space. Businesses are legally required to enforce this order and their business license may be suspended if there is a violation.
- Indoors in Louisville – Facial coverings must be worn when inside a business that is open to the public, including an office or other facility where government services may be accessed.
- Outdoors in Louisville – Facial coverings must be worn outdoors where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
Exceptions are listed in Ordinance 1793 and generally include children under 2 years old (in child care environments, under 3 years old or any age while napping); children under 12 years old in which a covering poses a choking or strangulation hazard or makes it difficult to breathe; persons who have trouble breathing; persons in a professional office who do not interact with the public; persons eating or drinking while in a restaurant; and first responders, if a covering interferes with their ability to perform their duties. For more specific details on exemptions, please review City Ordinance 1793.
Additional business guidance and signage is available on the Business Resources website.
Should I follow the State’s order or Louisville’s?
The Governor’s Order allows for local communities to have their own more restrictive facial covering orders as Louisville does. As the City’s order is more restrictive, this is the order that all residents, visitors and employees must follow.
For non-urgent violations/concerns relating to the City’s ordinance, please email CityofLouisvilleOrders@LouisvilleCO.gov.
A Message from the Mayor – July 15, 2020
Like most of the United States, Colorado has seen an upward trend in cases and hospitalizations over the past couple of weeks. Governor Polis announced that the administration will continue to be guided by data and science, and adjust reopening strategies based on the trajectory of the spread of the virus.
Boulder County is still in the Safer at Home phase so please continue to wear a facial covering, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you’re sick. You can visit Boulder County Public Health’s website to review the criteria for Boulder County moving into the Protect Our Neighbors phase.
City’s Phase 2 Reopening Plan
The City’s phased approach to reopen facilities and services is based on our commitment to protect City staff and residents, and in adherence with State of Colorado and Boulder County public health data and orders. Public safety remains our top priority.
Starting this week you can reserve a computer at the Louisville Public Library for two hours, book the Louisville Center for the Arts for groups of 10 people or fewer, and make an appointment at the Police and Court Building. Visit the City’s COVID-19 website for details.
Travel can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 and non-essential travel is not recommended. If you’re traveling within Colorado to access outdoor recreation areas, visit the Colorado Safer at Home website for travel guidance. If you do take a summer trip, please help protect our community by following these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for travel within the US and international travel.
Facial coverings when visiting our trails
If you’re staying local this summer, please remember our City Ordinance requires facial coverings be worn when you’re outside and not able to maintain 6 feet of distance – that includes on our trails. So remember to bring a facial covering when visiting our open space and wear them at the trailheads, when passing others, and anytime it is not possible to keep a safe 6-foot distance from anyone not residing in your household.
A message from the Mayor – July 1, 2020
On Tuesday, Governor Polis extended Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors until the end of July and announced that bars would no longer be able to offer in-person service amid an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks.
Bars can sell alcoholic beverages to-go for takeout or delivery if they are sold along with food. Bars that have taken steps to open as restaurants may continue to operate in-person service, so long as they have patrons seated with their own party only in set seating, spaced six feet apart, and with no mingling.
This announcement is a significant development as it really emphasizes how important it is that we act responsibly so that we can continue to safely keep our economy going.
The Governor also announced the framework for the next phase, Protect Our Neighbors. Boulder County Public Health is reviewing the criteria required to move Boulder County to this phase and I’ll continue to share any updates.
Wear a facial covering
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: please do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a facial covering. Making sure we limit the spread of the virus is more important than ever, especially as we move towards the start of the new school year.
A happy and safe 4th of July
While you prepare for the long weekend, please remember to do all that you can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Continue to gather in groups no larger than 10, maintain 6 feet of distance between people outside of your household, wear a facial covering, and wash your hands. Despite the holiday weekend and the sunny forecast, now is not the time to increase the amount of people you’re in contact with so please use good judgement.